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God's Relationship with Humans in Genesis

God's Relationship with Humans in Genesis

  • Submitted By: kkasie19
  • Date Submitted: 03/04/2009 12:09 PM
  • Category: Religion
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Some of the views of God offered in Genesis are that of God having total power and authority, and God as focused on orderliness in the world. For instance, throughout Genesis 1, God is presented as being king or supreme ruler of all. God delivers his decrees to the universe and the universe obeys the commands of God implying he is sovereign (Gen 1:1-25). God’s sovereignty is also alluded to in the creation of humankind by decreeing to his heavenly court, “Let us make humankind in our image” (Gen 1:26). Similarly, the Lord makes note of his heavenly court when speculating that the man might take from the tree of life and when expressing his fear that nothing humanity does will be impossible for them (Gen 3:22; Gen 11:7). God is additionally viewed as having a strong interest in order, for out of “a formless void” he creates the heavens and the earth (Gen 1:1-3). Order is further emphasized by the conformity between days one to three and days four to six (Gen 1.1-1.14 Annotation 14-19). Even when God confuses the language and scatters humanity abroad, it can be seen as God wanting to keep order on the earth by keeping the divine-human boundary (Gen 11:7-8).
God’s relationship with humans may be viewed in a few different ways. In God’s correlation with man, God is the one who “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life” making the man a living being “from the dust of the ground” (Gen 2:7). This exemplifies one view of the relationship between God and humanity in that connections are now established between God and humanity and humanity and the earth (Gen 2:7). God then shows his concern for the man by stating “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner” (Gen 2:18). When God creates woman he establishes another connection, now one between man and woman (Gen 2:22). However, these connections soon begin to diminish when the woman and man hide themselves from God after eating from the tree of the knowledge of...

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