Here, we see the privilege and responsibility of being human. As well as the privilege – created in the image of God (1:26-27) – there is also the responsibility in relation to (a) the creation – ‘farm the land and … take care of it’ (v. 15); (b) the Creator – ‘you must never eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil’ (v. 17).
Human life is lived within two horizons – (i) the temporal or earthly horizon: we have relationships with one another – ‘It is not good for the man to be alone’ (v. 18); (ii) the eternal or heavenly horizon: we are related to God. Human relationships do not satisfy us fully. There is a longing for God our Creator – ‘He has put a sense of eternity in people’s minds’ (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
He has given good things to be enjoyed (1 Timothy 4:4). He has also created us to be ‘inwardly renewed’ by feeding on the ‘things that last forever’ (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).