Who were our first parents and how did God make them?


Adam and Eve. God made the body of Adam out of the ground, and formed Eve from the body of Adam.

If you want to make a new human being, what is the recipe? Well, according to God’s plan, it takes one man and one woman. Then those two come together in a special way and – tada! You’ve got yourself a brand-new baby human! This was true for you, it was true for your parents, and it’s true for every human on the planet. But if it takes two people to make new people, then where in the world did the first people come from? What’s the recipe for the very first human beings?

Genesis 2:7 tells us, “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” To form our first father, God made a dude out of dust and brought him to life with his powerful breath! Imagine making a sandman at the beach, then using your breath to transform it into a living being. That’s what God did!

Not long after, God made a helper for his lonely man. Genesis 2:21-22 goes on to say, “[God] took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man.” To make our first mother, God didn’t use dust. Instead, he used part of the man he had made. As the man slept, he took out one of his ribs, the cage-like bones that protect our hearts, lungs, and other important guts. And using just a single bone, he sculpted the very first woman.

From a pile of dust and a single bone, God made our first parents. You might already know their names: Adam and Eve. And now that there were two human beings, our world had all the ingredients it needed to start making brand-new humans! Beginning with just these first two parents, God has grown the human family to the point where our planet is absolutely covered with men and women, boys and girls!


+ Knowing every human being is part of Adam and Eve’s family, how should this affect how we view and treat each other?

+ We live in a world where many people say that our first parents didn’t exist. How would you answer someone who said that to you?


Gen. 2:18-25; 3:20; 5:1, 2; Acts 17:26; 1 Tim. 2:13; Gen. 2:7; 21-23; 3:19; Ps. 103:14

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