Living Soil, Living Man!
I love discovering new things in the Bible. Most of the time they’re tiny things, but it’s generally a mind-blown moment. Please excuse me while I share with you my excitement from my reading earlier today-
“God formed man out of dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. The man came alive – a living soul!
God took the man and set him down in the Garden of Eden to work the ground and keep it in order.”
-Genesis 2:7, 15 MSG
If Adam were to maintain the ground, we can assume without reading anything else in the Bible that the ground was producing some sort of vegetation or crop. And since it was producing food, we can assume that the ground was living. Simple, right? It gets cooler…
A microbe is simply a germ. Did you know that in soil, also referred to biblically as dust, there are as many as 10,000 different microbes, just in one gram of it? Same goes for our gut flora.
“Even human intestines-an environment most people consider pretty familiar-are home to perhaps 10,000 kinds of microbes… Indeed, one of the surprises in the decoding of the human genome was that it contains more than 200 genes that come from bacteria. Microbes not only keep us alive; in some small part, we are made of them.” (Business Week article on the findings of Jo Handelsman)
“Countless numbers of microorganisms live in the soil, in and on plants, and in the human gut. Inside and out we are at one with the earth (or we should be). What depth of incomprehensible wisdom lies in the biblical statement of Genesis 2:7.” (Jordan Rubin, The Maker’s Diet)
I know that isn’t necessarily profound, but I found it so cool. Whenever I read that verse before, I just kinda thought ‘well, that’s kinda weird since dust is.. dust. Not living. But cool that God spoke and then man simply just was.’ I may have not even thought on it that much when I’ve read it in the past. But to think that God created EVERYTHING living…things only die when God is not present…that’s just a cool reminder and more proof (by looking at the relationship between our guts and soil) that we should only consume living things.
Is there anything else that you pull from this simple verse?
“‘From the dust of the ground’ implies that there is nothing fancy about the chemical makeup of our bodies (besides the fact we’re made in God’s image). The body is a lifeless shell until God brings it alive with His ‘breath of life’. When God removes His life-giving breath, our bodies once again return to dust. Our life and worth, therefore, come from God’s Spirit.” (NLT study Bible commentary on Genesis 2:7)