Transquotation: Genesis 2:5-7

03 Dec

Hello again!

Again, unlike what we did when studying the New Testament, we’re going to go chapter by chapter instead of whatever verse stands out that morning. This is because, frankly speaking, Genesis alone is forty-nine chapters long, and if we studied it like the New Testament, it would probably take us a couple of months. — Anyway, this is what God gave me today in His word:


When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up–for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground– then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. (Genesis 2:5-7)


When it was dry and there was no life God sent a mist which He had go up from the land and water the whole face of the ground– then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

Explanation of the transquote:

When we were dry and lifeless, when we were nothing more than a dry and dusty image of God. That’s when God choose to save us: He sent his cooling mist, Jesus, to bring wash us clean and then gave us life; making us a living creature. Not only that, but notice exactly how God choose to bring us to life. He breathed His breath of life into us. Though God evidently didn’t die and then three days later rise again from this act, it does suggest Him giving His life; or at least giving part of it, to bring Adam to life. A quick translation here: ‘Adam’ is Hebrew for ‘man’ or ‘mankind’. So God brought Man/Mankind to life by breathing His breath of life into him (us). Seeing the connection yet?

But again, with each transquote we make, we have to back it up both with a corresponding passage in the New Testament, and contextually (the context; verses in front of and behind, must support it):

New Testament Confirmation:

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. (Matthew 27:50)

When let out the last of His breath; when he gave a loud cry, He gave up His Spirit. Giving us life.

Contextual Confirmation:

So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens. (Genesis 2:3-4)

First He rested from His work, then He made man. He separated the creation of the world from the creation of man, because man is special; the only creature with a soul. Because of this same reason (man’s soul) God choose to send His one and only son to save us. How did Christ do this? By giving up His soul and last breath of life for us.

And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:8-9)

After Christ saved us, all Christians flourished in the light. They sort of “sprung up out of the dry ground” if you will.

Because the general context supports the transquote and because it corresponds to something in the New Testament, it’s a valid transquote (interpretation/quotation).

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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