“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
This verse tells us how God created man in the beginning. Man was not evolved from an ape, but was formed by God from the dust of the ground. God, like a Master Craftsman, shaped a human body out of the dust of the earth, and then gave life to it by breathing into the nostrils of the human form he had made. We are thus fashioned by the Hand of God.
God created first the material body, and then the immaterial soul of man. So far as the human body is concerned, it is of the earth, it is earthy. It speaks of our lowly origin. We have nothing to be proud about our bodies, as some people vainly glory in the beauty and strength of their bodies. The LORD reminds us that “for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:19).
God gave man a soul; and we bear God’s image in our souls. Thus, we are created above all creatures here on earth. Our souls make us a unique creation of God, in that we may know God intimately and commune with Him. May our souls thirst for the LORD, our wonderful Creator (Psalm 63:1, 8), and rejoice to praise Him always (Psalm 103:1-2).