In the beginning was God. He made the world, the sun, the moon, the plants, and the animals. Then he made man, in Genesis 2:7. Fifteen verses later He made woman. A lot happened in those fifteen verses. God made the garden of Eden and placed man inside. God gave man the instructions to work in it and keep it. God gave the command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God formed every beast and bird, and the man named them. That’s a lot of responsibility.
I can’t imagine having to name everything in the world. You can even tell when his creativity started running out. He starts strong with names like rhinoceros and hippopotamus. As he tires, he simplifies: bee, rat, dog, frog, hog. By the end, he’s just combining words he’s already used: cat-fish, bull-dog. (For the comedically challenged, all this is a joke. Adam did not speak English and did not use these names. At least, I’m fairly sure he didn’t. However, naming all the animals was still a monumental task. Think about how long it took you to name your dog and it’s name is just “Fluffy”.)
As men, we have read these commands and taken pride in all the responsibility God has placed on our shoulders. We are to take care of things. To be in charge. We even name things. But what I missed for many years is this: Even in the midst of God giving the man responsibility, the man was completely dependent. Adam wasn’t out there on his own being in charge of things. He was walking through the cool of the garden WITH God. He was in a moment by moment dependent relationship. Our leadership, our care, our responsibility stray far from the will of God the moment we attempt them outside of being completely dependent on Him. All of our care and responsibility is meant to be done under the precise guidance of God. We didn’t become dependent after the fall; we were created that way. It’s the perfect plan – complete dependence on God.
I’d love to hear your thoughts.