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Topic: Exhale (08/15/13)
TITLE: When God Breathed
By Ernest Yoder
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The inert form lay still on the ground. It had a peculiar earthen gray cast. Potentially it was the first human. It was still an “it” as in, “It is a body.” As of yet no personhood was attached to the created form. No one had ever seen a form like this before. Though a perfectly crafted form of a man, the form was nothing more than just that. It needed something else before it could be a person.
What did God have in mind anyway? He could have simply spoken man into existence like He did the other creatures. But He didn’t. He gave man His personal touch. The Bible says He formed him. Our Lord as Creator shaped the first man with His fingers. This lifeless form on the ground was the perfect specimen of manhood. Perfect, except that God was not yet finished.
Was there a profound hush as the angels breathlessly looked on, wondering what the marvelous Creator was up to now? Did the animals, newly minted by the power of God’s Word, subdue their gamboling antics long enough to satisfy a degree of curiosity as they sensed something very unusual was about to take place?
The Bible says that God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life: and man became a living being.” (Ge.2:7, NKJV) When God exhaled life Adam inhaled life. As his deflated lungs received their first gaseous oxygen a variety of things began to happen. His ashen gray color gave way to a healthy skin tone glow as his physical systems kicked into gear. At that moment he became Adam, a living being, a breathing creature, a person. What a difference that one breath made! Can we even remotely appreciate the full extent of what happened when God exhaled and Adam inhaled? (Being so fearfully and wonderfully made should bring us to our knees in praise and adoration. See Ps.139:14.)
Adam opened his eyes and became a self conscious person. His hard drive began operating all his built in programs. His senses began collecting information and processing it. He had no memory as a reference to what he saw when he first opened his eyes. But he had become a person made alive by the breath of God. He was a complete and completed creature ready to go just as God designed Him with no need of eons of time for further adjustments. That is what happened when God exhaled on the sixth day of creation.
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