Genesis 5:1-2-This is THE BOOK OF THE GENERATIONS OF
ADAM. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made He him;
Male and female created He them; and blessed them, and called their names
Adam, in the day when they were created.
On the sixth day of creation, God used an indefinite
article to describe ‘Adam’, to signify mankind in general, including
the male and the female of all ethnic groups of the world. On the eighth day
of creation, God formed ‘the Adam’ using the definite article
to signify the progenitor of the seed that Jesus would be born through. The
number six in biblical numerics means, mankind. The number eight in
biblical numerics means new beginning. Jesus Christ is our new
The word ‘article’ defined by Webster’s Dictionary
means, "any of the words (a), and (an), or (the) and their equivalents
used as adjectives: (a), and (an), are the indefinite articles and (the) is
the definite article."
Genesis 2:7-8-And 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 soul. And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden;
and there He put the man whom He had formed.
The word ‘garden’ in Hebrew is gan, the
prime root of that word is ganan, and it means, "as fenced, to
hedge about, protect, defend." (Strong’s #1588 & #1598)
Observe the scriptural use of the definite article the
man used here to signify the Adam. My question is, how could Adam
exercise dominion over the earth as God commanded the male and female
created on the sixth day, if he was hedged in and protected by God in the
garden of Eden?
Genesis 1:28-And God blessed them, and God said unto
them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:
and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air,
and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
The word ‘dominion’ in Hebrew means, "to tread
down, subjugate." (Strong’s #7287)
The fish of the sea, the fowl of the air, and the wild
animals of the earth that were created on the fifth day were created by God
for mankind to have dominion over, to hunt for food and clothing. The
domestic animals that God formed on the eighth day were not created by God
for Adam to hunt for food and clothing, but they were given to Adam to help
relief him from the more arduous work. Adam was a tiller of the ground and
his profession as a farmer was to take care of the garden of God. This task
turned out to be more than Adam could bear alone, so God formed from out of
the ground, domestic farm animals to assist him in his work.
Genesis 2:18-19-And the LORD God said, It is not good
that "the man" should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And
out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every
fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would called
them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the
The word ‘help meet’ in Hebrew means, "to aid."
The word ‘aid’ defined by Webster’s Dictionary
means, "to give help, relief, to assist."
I feel that it’s important to note that up until this
time in the scripture, Adam was alone in Eden, and he toiled laboriously to
do the work which God had assigned to him. Unlike the prior creation in
which God populated the earth with the fishes, the fowls, and the animals,
first and then He created mankind (Genesis 1:20-27). The creative process in
Eden was reversed. In that creation God formed Adam first then He formed the
animals and the fowls last (Genesis 2:4-8 & 2:18-19). It is also important
to remember that Adam only named the animals and fowls that were formed from
the ground in Eden on the eighth day. He did not name the animals and the
fowls that were created from the water of the seas on the fifth day. For
this reason, Adam never named the whales in the seas because there were no
seas in Eden and thus no whales to name (Genesis 1:20-23).
Genesis 2:20-And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to
the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there
was not found an help meet for him.
The word ‘help meet’ in Hebrew means, "to aid."
This is the second time in the scripture the word help
meet is used in Genesis chapter two. The first use of the word referred
to the domestic animals that God created to aid Adam in his work. (Genesis
2:18-19). The second use of the word relates to Eve, the woman that God
created to be a helpful wife and companion to Adam. It’s important to notice
that the circumstance surrounding Eve’s creation was different from the
first female created in Genesis 1:27-31. The female that was created on the
sixth day was created with her male companion at the same time. Adam
on the other hand was created first in Genesis 2:4-8, Eve was created
separate from him in Genesis 2:20-25.