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Was Adam created on Day 6 according to Genesis 1? Answer: Yep (proof texts Genesis 1:27-31, Genesis 5:1-2).
Was Adam created on Day 3 according to Genesis 2? Answer: Yep (proof texts Genesis 1:11-13, Genesis 2:5-7).
Was Adam created on both days? Answer: Yep (proof texts Genesis 1:27-31, Genesis 5:1-2, Genesis 1:11-13, Gensis 2:5-7)
Huh!!!: You say. Well, yah, if you take just a plain literal orderly understanding of Genesis 1 and 2 you will see how both are the case. Hint: it is all in the plain literal defining of Adam (Genesis 5:2). There is no contradiction!!! (For the quick answer skip to the bottom of this post and check out the summation in bold but for further explanation and biblical proofs read the body of the post.) This is an answer to this supposed contradiction that you probably have never heard of before but check it out and check out the scriptures and see if it ain't so.
Some time ago when the Lord was newly drawing myself back toward Him and His truth revealed in the scriptures I specifically remember this issue coming up. He taught me that His word has no flaws so I started with that assumption. So this apparent contradiction or at the time a real contradiction to me I knew could be resolved if that assumption was true. I was taught at that point when I saw the resolution to trust His word even when a real contradiction appears to be there. God rewarded me with an answer to this contradiction and by extension I believe all contradictions in His word have a scriptural answer as opposed to believing they don't. We do not have to go outside His word to some fallible source to vindicate the infallible word of God. This would be self refuting. So I knew there was an infallible answer therefore I knew I had to go to the infallible source for an answer which was the very source that seemed to be in contradiction.
And I believe I found here an infallible answer to what seemed to be a contradiction in God's infallible word. I have also of late been finding more infallible answers to the seeming contradiction in God's word about the timing of the end time events. The apostle John under the inspiration of God's Holy Spirit claimed the events written in Revelation were at hand and shortly to come to pass way back in his generation (Revelation 1:1-3). And Jesus told John and all of his disciples to not listen to those who claim the events are near before it really was near. Certain signs must happen first and then the time would be near (see Luke 21:8 and forward). So if John is not a false prophet than those events had to have occurred in order for John to proclaim the nearness of the events in Revelation. But many Bible believing Christians believe those events have not happened and therefore is still yet future to us which would make John a false prophet for Christ said certain signs must happen first before claiming nearness but John claimed nearness therefore those events had to have happened in John's day. Now I have not yet figured it all out but just like the example that I am about to give doesn't mean that it is not unfigurable nor does it mean that God's word is fallible. It just means we need to dig further into the infallible word of God to find the answer from the infallible source thus proving itself as being infallible. If we go to science, history or members of the church for the answers we may or may not be getting the infallible answer and we certainly would not be evidencing forth the infallibility of God's word via the fallible sources. That would be self-refuting. So let us as members of the church, as men and women of science and as men of history go to that which lays the foundation for all that we are of which is the infallible word of God and then understand history, science and ourselves in His Light. Any history, science or church that contradicts the infallible word of God is then obviously in error and unreliable and only proving itself to be fallible as it contradicts the infallible.
So as you review my claim of an infallible answer in God's word please do compare it with God's word and all will be safe in His truth.
So let us move on with this "real" contradiction in God's word in Genesis 1...
1) God says that man was created on Day 6. Proof text is Genesis 1:27-31.
2) God says that the birds of the air were created on Day 5. Proof text is Genesis 1:21-23.
3) God says that the plants and herbs were created on Day 3. Proof text is Genesis 1:11-13.
Now to Exodus concerning the days of creation and order of the events...
3) God says that these days of creation are real days comparable to a real day as we know it today. Proof text is Exodus 20:9-11 (notice that in the Hebrew the six days is exactly worded as the second six days).
4) As an extension to 3) this means that as God rested the 7th day it was in relation to the first 6 days so God rested after the 6 days as we in our 6 day week are to do. Therefore the days are actual order of events or the 7th day really could have been done before the 6th day and the 6th day could have really occurred before day 1 etc etc etc. It would make the number of the day pretty much meaningless. But because there is a rest after the 6 days which denotes an order of events then the days before the 7th and 6 should flow naturally as order of events and we have no reason not to think otherwise.
Now to the order of events described in Genesis 2...
5) God says Adam was created before the birds of the air. Proof text Genesis 2:18-20.
6) God says Adam was created before the plants and herbs of the field. Proof text Genesis 2:5-7.
So this puts Adam as created as on or before Day 5 which the birds were created on. And on or before Day 3 when the herbs and plants were created.
Now one way to answer this problem is by saying that either Genesis 1 is not an orderly account or that Genesis 2 is not an orderly account or that neither are. I already dealt some with Genesis 1 above. It appears that God is giving an orderly account or the numbering of days and the 7th day in particular would really make no sense.
Now it is true that Genesis 2 we have a none literal day in Genesis 2:4 and that we are going back in time sort of speak in comparison to Genesis 2. So this may warrent taking Genesis 2 as not an orderly account like Genesis 1 is. However, Genesis 2 may not make a whole of sense if this is not an orderly account. Clearly, Adam was before Eve in Genesis 2 as we understand that Eve was taken from His ribs. Clearly, there were some hours of work in naming all the original kinds of animals and birds before a help meet was not found suitable for Adam. So those are orderly and so why are not the rest orderly much like the 6 days. There are words like in Genesis 2:5 that indicate something occurring "before" there were plants and herbs and a full explaination as to why there were no plants and herbs. These are clearly phrases declaring order of events. Just because we are going back and zeroing in more specifically on the 6 days of creation doesn't prove one way or the other if this telescoping is or is not orderly itself. So the arguments don't add up that this telescoping or zooming in on just one part of this creation and explaining in more detail is not orderly itself when you find it to be in order. Rather there is much evidence to the contrary as pointed above.
Now I understand there are examples in scripture of things out of order and the point one writer of the gospels was not to make an orderly account and this resolves many contradictions in the gospels but here we have to me an attempting of giving an orderly account by such words and order of events in both accounts. We learn Adam was before Eve which later Paul uses as an example for us to learn from a principle today. And we can know that before there was any plants Adam was formed out of the earth. That the birds were made after Adam was created and what not as this is an orderly account.
But then we have a "real" contradiction right. Well in remaining honest with the text as I believe I am attempting to do and are doing it appears we have a "real" problem. But let me share the possible answer by only taking into account what God says here in Genesis 1 and 2 and prove it by the infallible word of God thus upholding the infallibility of God's word. And I do believe the answer and how I determined the answer was via trusting God and taking Him at His word and in doing so His own word revealed the answer.
Let us add point 8), 9) and 10) with proof text.
8) God describes man as singular yet plural in Genesis 1. Proof text Genesis 1:27.
9) God describes man as male and female in Genesis 1. Proof text Genesis 1:27.
10) God describes male and female (plural) as becoming one (singular). Proof text Genesis 2:24.
This answers the dilemma. One may question how so. Man created in the image of God is male and female. Not just male nor just female but rather male and female. It was not good that man be alone. Man was not good until Woman was made and now we have the good image of God. Sure first man but without the female man is incomplete and not good as alone. Man alone is not the image of God but rather male and female. Genesis 1:27 doesn't give us a context of a man alone but rather man created in the context of there also being a woman and therefore the completing of the creation of man. So Adam without Eve could have existed before Day 6 much like the water that formed the seas was there before the seas were made on day 2 but seas are not seas until they are up against land and so man is not man until he is completed with the woman.
Now Adam became a living soul somewhere on Day 3 if we are taking Genesis 2 in an orderly manner and notice when Eve comes out on the scene. It is conveniently after the plants and herbs and after the birds of the air and after the beast of the field. Which would be Day 6 and after the exact order of the events on Day 6. When Eve had been created one could say but not before: "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."-Genesis 1:27.
It is interesting to note that God is described here in singular and plural like man is. The word for God is Elohim which is a plural word but before a singular verb. Here you have man singular but yet plural in male and female as man created in God's image. Which makes sense as we are created in His image which is plural yet singular. But further evidence that there is some connection about this image and this plurality and singularity is Genesis 2:23-24:
"And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."
And then to really cement this idea that Adam is not Adam or Man until the female is included check out 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 name Adam, in the day when they were created."
Not just Adam is called Adam but male and female are called Adam. Adam can also be translated Man in english for they are the same word in Genesis 1 and 2. So however way you look at it Adam is not complete nor was it good therefore not fully good until Eve!!!
Notice the two becoming one flesh from Genesis 2:23,24. There is an interesting covenantal application out of the new testament/covenant in the writings of Paul in Ephesians 5:30-33 speaking of the church:
"For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband."
I find it interesting that Paul applies this to the relationship between the church and Christ. As we the church are covenantally described as the bride of Christ. That we are members of his body. There are other descriptions under the new covenant/testament of the church as the body of Christ. So just to have fun let us dig here for a little while.
The woman in Genesis was taken out of the man. So we the church as Christ's bride were taken out of Christ. Adam's flesh was cut in order to form the woman. Christ's flesh was cut for His woman also. It is interesting that on the 3rd day after Adam was created then was he made in the image of God with his wife and Adam was made on the 3rd day of creation. It is interesting that Jesus rose the 3rd day (see 1 Corinthians 15:4). Also, "Adam was made a living soul" this being on the 3rd day so also Christ being risen from the dead on the 3rd day was made a "quickening spirit" (1 Corinthians 15:45. Also, we read that the man not the woman was to leave father and mother and shall be joined unto his wife. Adam had no earthly father or mother nor did Christ. Christ was sent by His father and so Christ in this sense left His father and his heavenly home which is described as a mother of us all in Galatians 4:26.
Now there are some major differences but even in these differences we can see a contrast for pointing sake. Romans 5:14 says "Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come." So Adam is called by Paul "the figure of him that was to come" that is Christ. In the verses following we see that through Adam sin and death entered the world but through Christ righteousness and life. So we can look at the opposites of the two men which then explains some contrasts in Adam and Christ.
Eve had committed no sin yet so Adam experienced a deep sleep and no death whereas Christ bride had sinned and so he experienced death and pain for his bride. Adam sinned Christ never did. Adam represents a first and old covenant whereas Christ represents the second and new covenant. And what is glorious is that from Adam to Moses "death reigned" and the law through Moses entered so that "the offence may abound" (Romans 5:20). So Moses and the old covenant did not destroy death but only made it ever the stronger. In fact 1 Corinthians 15:56 says "The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.". So the old covenant under Moses and the law was only a pointer to guide us to the new covenant of life by the blood of one man whose name is Jesus. Hebrews 2:14,15 says that "that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." So we have a great contrast in types between Adam and Jesus.
And what makes this love story between man and woman an even further picture of Christ and the Church is that it was not good that the Husband be alone right. That God made Christ to be with His Church. The woman was the last completing "crown" of His creation in the 6 days of creation in Genesis 1 and in Genesis 2 after which God then rested on day 7. So Christ without His Bride is an incomplete love story of salvation. In pictures here we can see that our Heavenly Father also said it was not good that His Son should be alone and so Christ without His Bride is not a good thing. Could it be that in His eyes we the church whether Jew or Gentile are His crowning and completion of this new creation we hear about in the New Testament under the New Covenant. Notice that only under the New Covenant is this picture fulfilled in Christ. There is no husband being pierced for His Bride under the Old Covenant that I am aware of. Sure you have prophecy in Zachariah of a pierced one but only in Christ is that piercing fulfilled. Only in Christ and under the blood of the New Covenant do we get this picture of Adam and Eve fulfilled in Christ and His Bride being the Church. A marriage that is forever (see Ephesians 3:21).
Another interesting note in types and shadows is that Paul used the order of events in Genesis 2 and 3 as real order of events and concluded some practical applications from them but I am not here going to focus on the practical applications but the truths he used to build those applications. 1 Timothy 2:13, 14 reads: "For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression." And then 2 Corinthians 11:2,3 it is written: "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ."
So we see that Eve the bride was the one decieved and so it is with us as the church. We are the ones that fell into sin first as Eve did. Then of course Adam did eat with Eve and so death came upon us all. But again as noted above the contrast between the first Adam and the last Adam as Christ that Christ did not himself fall into sin but rather became sin and endured the punishment of sin on His brides behalf. So Christ left and was sent of His father in Heaven to give his life for His bride and did away with that which divided the two and so the two became one flesh as the Bride clothes herself in His righteousness and not her own.
In fact I believe Chuck Missler does a decent job in going over these verses. Chuck Missler is a dispensational futurist. I used be a "Misslerite" if you will. Not really but if I could label myself as such I really received much from his ministry and still do. However, I have come to many different conclusions than he has on eschatology but just about everything he says in this video fits quite nicely into what I have come to understand as a biblical eschatology though different than his. And I admit that I have not come to a complete understanding of what a biblical eschatology is as I am still a student of His word as I am sure any dispensationalist would admit to also. But check this out!!!
Why is Missler still a dispensational futurist??!! Ephesians 3:21!!! Notice his talk about "the son of God" the new birth and creation!!!! The beautiful bride of Christ. If Missler were to be consistent with these types I believe he would then have many answers to futurist rejections of the time statements of eschatological events in the scriptures. Get into Hebrews, Galatians 4, 2 Corinthians 3 and so much more in the gospels. Also see The End of the House of Death 70 AD and The Seal of Daniel and Revelation and Prophetic time statements matter to God and Christ: the Son of David or Lord? and Video Debate: Gary Demar vs Thomas Ice on whether or not The Great Tribulation has already happened in the past or still yet future. and The well of Jacob vs the well of Christ
So to sum up from our introduction.
Adam as male and female was created on Day 6 according to Genesis 1 (Proof texts: Genesis 1:27-31, Genesis 5:1-2).
Adam as male only was created on Day 3 according to Genesis 2 (Proof texts: Genesis 1:11-13, Genesis 2:5-7).
So, yep, Adam was created on both days and therefore no contradiction by using the very proof texts that we find the supposed contradictions in!!! (Proof texts: Genesis 1:27-31, Genesis 5:1-2,
Genesis 1:11-13, Genesis 2:5-7).
Found picture of Adam with and without Eve from wikipedia. Man alone on day 3 and then with Woman on day 6 therefore no contradiction!!! So it was not good that the first Adam be alone nor good that the last Adam be alone. What a picture of salvation in types, shadows and figures in the literal earthly creation to picture for us that which cast those shadows in the heavenly and spiritual creation. Maybe Plato was on to something but just didn't have the LIGHT!!! For him that which cast the shadows was non-personal forms for the Christian it is very personal and relational therefore problem solved!!! I am not that great of a student in philosophy but know a little bit to maybe be dangerous in both ways but none the less for those who are students of philosophy you may just consider Genesis 1 and 2 as possible answers to the philosophical delimmas and maybe Augustine was right that in order to know what is real it must be revealed by the God who knows everything infallibly!!! We need starting points but we need starting points that are justified and could it be that an infallible personal and self revelatory God is the only justifiable starting point and us being created in His image enables us to know what he reveals via His enlightenment/spirit which he has decided to reveal bit by bit in His word which now is completed in the reading of the Old and New Testaments. This is a complete sidetrack of an issue to this post but thought I would throw it in there as it came to the top of my mind. If you are not a student of philosophy then this last paragraph means nothing and so just rejoice in the beautiful picture of Adam and Eve and Christ and His Bride.
Update: A further evidence would be to take a closer look at Genesis 5:2 which reads, "Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created." Notice "in the day THEY were created". The day in which THEY were created was not on Day 3 when only male was created. The day that THEY were created as Male and Female as both being called Adam was after all the animals and plants which then fits in with the order of events in Genesis 2 and Genesis 1 nicely. Now one may interpret "the day when they were created" to mean the whole process even before Eve rather than the day the two became one but then you would have the contradiction and have to explain away the clear order of events in Genesis 1, 2. Therefore the context forces us to interpret "the day when they were created" as being the day that man became male and female not before man as male and female. In other words Male without Female is not the creation of Man as we know from Genesis 2 it was not good that man be alone but when the woman came on the seen we see the two becoming one and thus Adam/Man has been created and could be called good. Notice the days before that God calls what he made good and good and good etc etc etc. But after the creation of man being male and female he then conclude all was VERY GOOD!!! Praise the Lord!!! The image of God on earth has topped off His creation as VERY GOOD. Then sin entered the world through man and things became very bad. Then Christ entered the world and man in Christ is restoring the image of God on earth via Christ and His Bride. Death reigned from Adam to Moses Paul says in Romans and under Moses the law entered so that sin may abound all the more therefore death all the more for the strength of sin is the law but Christ destroyed him who had the power of death by His own death at the cross and as Christ clearly said, "He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."
And to sum up once again:
All glory to Him "Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church: Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily."-Collosians 1:13-29
Couldn't help but to say that Genesis 1 called on Man being male and female to "Be frutiful, and multiply...". What a picture for us as the body of Christ on earth to be spiritually fruitful and to multiply. And has not God indeed fulfilled this spiritual mission via the body of Christ or restored image of God on earth for the last 2000 years since "the image of the invisible God" has come to earth and left his bride with His Spirit to be fruitful with. Not only that as Christ in us "the hope of glory" "we may present every man perfect" and then notice how Christ "reconciled" us "in the body of his flesh through death, to present" us "holy and unblameable in his sight..."!!!! I couldn't help but to see Adam via his flesh and sleep was the Woman brought to life and get this "And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed." Genesis 3:8-10 says "And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself."
Dude we can be spiritually naked again in His sight for Christ has restored us to a right relationship with Himself and we are His beautiful bride. Praise God!!! In Christ and in pictures our fall in Eden, in Adam, from His image have all been restored in the Spirit in Christ as Christ is the seed of the Woman, the seed of Abraham, the seed of David and the seed of Levi and fulfills every promise made by God. The Levitical priesthood paid tribute to the Melchisedek priesthood (See Hebrews 7:9-12) which priesthood was pattern after Christ (see Hebrews 7:3) so in Christ Jeremiah 33:22 is fulfilled. Christ as the seed of David in Jeremiah 33:22 is fulfilled in Christ as Christ in the spirit was called by David Lord therefore Christ is THE SON OF DAVID if you know what I mean (see Matthew 22:42 which Jesus quotes from Psalm 110 which interestingly enough connects the Melchisedek priesthood with the Davidic kingship and also see a post I posted with more on this at Christ: the Son of David or Lord?). As for the seed of the woman there are many verses to point to like the birth of Christ from the womb of a virgin but let us connect the seed of the woman with the seed of Abraham from the very same book of the Bible in Galatians. Galatians 4:4 says "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman..." and then for Abraham in Galatians 3:16 where we read, "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ."
But what do these promises have to do with the church or the bride of Christ. Everything!!! From Galatians 3:28 we read, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." Notice the male and female that we are one in Christ!!! Interesting as we have been talking about Genesis and the two becoming one and the body of Christ and what not. But neither is there Jew nor Greek we too are one. We too complete the image of God as being one in some sense as Jew and Greek are now members of the same body of Christ and all is one in Christ!!! But to hit on the next verse we read: "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."
And for how long is this relationship between the Son who left His Father in heaven to be one with His bride with was going to be. Was this a marriage only for a certain time period like some claim that the church age will come to a close or is this an eternal marriage made in the spirit that is to be everlasting thoughout the age that Paul was in and every age thereafter. If the inspired apostle to the gentiles has anything to say about it it is for a very long time and it is glorious and the pennacle of His new creation!! Ephesians 3:6-21 says:
"...that the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."
Now there was still yet a future fulfillment. There was an age that was coming to end that was still yet future to Paul's writings. Which is evidenced here that there would be further "ages" that the church would be partaking of. But there was an age coming to a close which ending cemented and revealed who indeed the Bride and the Husband was. For more on that see The End of the House of Death 70 AD.
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