In Genesis 2:7 God repeats that he created man, and he says that he made us from the dust of the earth.
At this point I see a trend. Our understanding of these more important verses must come from information later in the Bible. Genesis 1:27-28 does not mention marriage. Genesis 2:2 does not mention church. And humans are not made of dust. So the Bible uses figurative language tell its message.
IMO the lesson here says two things. First, humans have limited understanding. No matter how much we know, we will always find more to know. Saying dust is a first understanding, and man’s understanding like the world around us is a dynamic and changing thing. This part is my idea. It may not be standard Christianity.
Second, God made humans in his image. Humans have two parts, the dust, a part we can touch, and a soul, a part that we can’t touch. This idea grows as the Bible tells its tale.
In Genesis 2:16-17, God created obedience as more or less the second commandment. It is not the official Second Commandment, which he made later in the tale, but obedience to God’s rules must rank as an important rule.
God created the world, and he created the first man and woman. He made a garden for them in which they lived, but he gave them no clothes. That seems a bit strange. He created a world, but without clothes. Cowabunga Dude?
So as I sat in my Great Grandmother’s Sunday School, hearing the story of Adam and Eve, I decided that God had given the clothes to me. After all, before I came to the United States, I had a tee shirt, two short shorts, and a pair of flip flops, and I hoped that Eve did not cut herself on any sharp rocks in the garden as she walked around butt naked.
Besides creating obedience, God must have created choice. He said to Eve, “Lady, donna pincha dah fruit! Ifa you musta pincha dah fruit, donna pincha dah tomato! Pinnca dah coconut!”
6000 years later, I found this quotation written on the inside cover of a book written by Dale Carnegie.
Well, Eve not only pincha dah fruit, she and Adam ate the fruit, an act, which must have created sin, disobedience, and choice.