God was very pleased with all that He had made, and it was good.
But still it
was not enough. God wanted to create someone like Himself. Someone
He could walk with and talk with. Someone who could be a friend.
So God scooped up a handful of dust from the earth. Then He gently
blew His life into it. And God made man. God named this man Adam,
and set him in a very special garden. God had created this
beautiful place just for him, and it was called Eden.
God asked Adam to care for the plants and the animals, and to give
them names. He told Adam that all the delicious fruits and
vegetables in Eden were for him to enjoy — all except for one. God
told Adam not to eat from the tree in the center of the garden,
because if he did, he would die.
Adam did just as God said, but he had no one to help him. And
after a while, Adam became very lonely. The animals had each
other, but Adam had no one that was like him.
God Still Works in the World
One of the most important themes of Genesis is God's love for humans and his involvement in our lives. God created the universe and all life, he was pleased with his work. He have the people the responsibility to take care of his creation.
God didn't just randomly create us - he made us in his image . That means he gave us the ability to love, think, feel and choose. We are valuable to God, and he wants us to experience the joy and peace of knowing and doing his will.
We may wonder why human are capable of hatred, violence, selfishness, and deceit since we have been created to be good. This happens because of sin.
We aren't perfect, but God has also given us the ability to be healed and to overcome sin.