Genesis 2: Garden of Eden

June 2, 2023 ·

Summary:
Day 7: God rested, made day holy. 

Second creation account. God made man out of dust. God makes garden of Eden. Man in charge of whole garden, but cannot eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the middle of the garden. Adam names all the animals. Eve is made from the side of Adam while he is in a deep sleep. They are naked but unashamed 

Key Verses:

2-3. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 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.

17. but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.

18. Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will makehim a helper fit for him.”

My thoughts:
After each day of creation, God pronounced His blessing over what He had created. On the sixth day, God brought forth a man, yet instead of saying it was good, God said it was not good that man should be alone. Before the day was over, Adam had a wife. But there is more to that story.

This chapter provides essential parts of human existence and God’s interaction with His creation. It begins with completion of God’s work of creation and His subsequent rest on the seventh day, establishing the pattern of Sabbath rest for humanity. This highlights the importance of rest, reminding us of our need for rejuvenation and worship.

We are introduced to the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The tree of life symbolizes God’s provision of eternal life, expressing His desire for an everlasting relationship with humanity. In contrast, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil represents the choice to obey or disobey God’s command. It underscores our freedom and responsibility to make moral decisions and the consequences that follow rebellion against God.

Another significant moment is Adam naming the animals. This highlights his role as the steward of God’s creation and it reflects humanity’s creativity and dominion within God’s order.

Lastly, the creation of Eve from Adam’s rib establishes the sacred institution of marriage. God recognizes Adam’s need for a companion and forms Eve as his partner and helper. This establishes the profound unity and companionship that define marriage and lay the foundation for family

This chapter explores rest, obedience, stewardship, and the sacredness of marriage. It invites us to reflect on our purpose as God’s image-bearers, our relationship with Him and creation, and the blessings found within marriage.

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