I love the story of creation. Some well meaning people, even in our churches, excuse creation. They think some combination of evolution and God’s hand in it is probably more accurate. You can’t argue with all that science.
I disagree. Personally, I think the fact that I don’t understand how God does something makes it that much more plausible. After all, I don’t really even understand my own body most of the time. Somewhere I heard this, “If God were small enough for me to understand, He would not be big enough for me to worship.” This applies to creation. At least, for me it does.
I love that God spoke and it happened. “Let there be light… and there was light.” He makes it sound so easy. For Him it was. For Him it should be. Incidentally, He created light on day one, but didn’t create the sun, moon and stars until day four. He created light without a source. Try wrapping your head around that one.
But when it came to people, God came down.
“Then the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7)
Why? Why would an all powerful God who spoke the whole universe into existence come down to earth and get His hands dirty making man? I think it’s because man means something more to Him. If you keep reading about creation, you will see that God made a special garden for man, He gave him specific responsibilities, and He gave him a lot of freedom and one command.
And He came down and walked with Adam and Eve. He created man to have a relationship with Him.
I have been studying the story of Jonah. One of the things that stands out to me is that God commands the creation at every turn. He controls the storm, He controls the great fish– maybe even created it just for this purpose– He causes a plant to grow, He brings a worm to eat the plant.
But He does not control Jonah. Jonah has free will. Of course, God gives Jonah a command, but Jonah runs. And even after his experience with the fish, he goes to Nineveh, but his attitude is all wrong.
God speaks to him. He works with him. He shows great compassion on Jonah. It seems to me that God wants Jonah to understand His great love for people. And He still loves Jonah, even when he really doesn’t get it.
You can see God coming down and getting His hands dirty with man all through the Bible. Ultimately, He comes down as Jesus Christ. He did not come down to save the monkeys or the trees or the snowy owls.
He came for mankind, the creation of His hands, the ones that He loves.