Then, Adam began to fulfill God’s directive to exercise authority over the creatures which preceded him (Gen 1:28). He did so by naming them, an activity previously reserved for the Lord (Gen 1:26).
In the ancient world, to confer a name indicated that a person spoke from a position of authority and sovereignty. Emperors frequently employed this tactic over their under-lords (2 Chron 36:4; 2 Ki 24:15–17).
In the process of identifying each of the animals, Adam recognized that none could serve as his equal and adequate partner (ezer kenegdo). He would have to look elsewhere for assistance with his God-given functions of subduing and ruling to extend the garden-temple (Gen 1:26–28; Gen 2:8–10), serving and keeping it (Gen 2:15), and being fruitful and multiplying (Gen 1:28).
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Read Gen 2:19–20. How did the parade of the animals increase Adam’s longing? Why do you think God chose to do that to him? How can you encourage someone who lives in isolation?
[Related posts include Living Things from the Earth (Gen 1:24–25); Made in the Image of God (Gen 1:26 cont.); Stewards of the Earth (Gen 1:26 cont.); The Blessing of Fruitfulness (Gen 1:28); The Lord Breathes Life (Gen 2:7); A Well-Watered Garden (Gen 2:8–14); Serving and Keeping (Gen 2:15); and Not Good! (Gen 2:18)]
Kline, Kingdom Prologue: Genesis Foundations for a Covenantal Worldview, 75.
 Hamilton, Genesis, Chapters 1–17, 176.
 Walton, Genesis, 187.