As the creation week came to its close, God “formed man of the dust of the ground… put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it… and commanded the man” (Genesis 2:7, 15, 16). Contrary to pseudo-science of macro-evolution or science fiction (and the two are barely distinguishable), humans are not evolved animals or the spawn of alien life forms. We are, in fact, closer than all creation to a Creator Who made us in His image (2:26-27).
We are beings of placement. God put us in an environment suited and tailored to us, placing us in the elevated position we enjoy in the creation. “I have given you” (1:28-30) indicates that the earth was originated and offered for human use; we are not the incidental accident of some fictitious evolutionary chain eventually to be replaced by the next mindless mutation of random chance. God created the earth for us, not us for the earth.
We are beings of passion. The menu from God’s Garden was not just visibly attainable and physically sustainable but “pleasant to the sight and good for food” (2:9); “pleasant” and “good” connote concern and accommodation for our pleasure and health. God loved us and manifested that love in a creature that is able to experience a range of emotions nothing else in creation can feel.
We are beings of purpose. God placed humanity in a habitat with instructions for tending it. The fact that we know no details of those directives is irrelevant since they were given to Adam and Eve (1:28-30), but it does reveal that His instruction is, by nature, clear, relevant and doable, just as it was from the beginning. We have meaning and value beyond all of His other creation because we have choice.
With placement, there is security. With passion, there is communion. With purpose, there is expectation. None of these states of being exist in the creation except through the human being. Oh, how wondrous is the grace of God and “Who am I, O LORD God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?” (1 Chronicles 17:16), all because of who we are.