Genesis Lesson 2 Day 4

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Genesis 2:4-25

10. Adam and Eve’s life in Eden

–Before the earth had any vegetation, the whole face of the globe was watered by a mist. I found a few ideas about what that means.

Probably “a spring” or “fresh-water ocean”; underground water was apparently surging up through the as yet undistinguished ground (continents).3

Fog, vapor (AMPC*)

The thick blanket of water vapor in the outer atmosphere created on the second day of creation (Genesis 1:6-8) made for no rain cycle (as we know it) but for a rich system of evaporation and condensation, resulting in heavy dew or ground-fog.1

–God formed (molded) man from the dust of the ground.

When the Bible uses dust in a figurative or symbolic sense, it means something of little worth, associated with lowliness and humility (Genesis 18:27; 1 Samuel 2:8; 1 Kings 16:2). In the Bible, dust isn’t evil and it isn’t nothing; but it is next to nothing.1

The same essential chemical elements are found in man and animal life that are in the soil. This scientific fact was not known to man until recent times, but God was displaying it here.4

–The Lord God breathed into [man’s] nostrils the breath of life.

“The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7 The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. . . As we have borne the image of those made of dust, let’s also bear the image of the heavenly. 1 Corinthians 15:45-49

–The Lord God planted a garden . . . in Eden;

This statement is dear to my heart since my grandmother and I love gardening.

A garden describes a real place, not an allegorical image. It was apparently a reserve, or enclosed, parklike area. Eastward in Eden indicates that the area of Eden lay east of present-day Israel, somewhere in Mesopotamia or Arabia.3

Some translations and commentators say the Lord HAD planted a garden; that implies this was already done and the Lord simply put Adam in the Garden that was already planted, possibly on the third day of creation.

But the wording could mean that after creation, the Lord planted the Garden of Eden (see my note at Genesis 2:9). That implies that it possibly took years for that Garden to grow to maturity. This could be an indication that Adam existed for years in his innocence before he sinned. Notice what this didn’t say: “There he put the man and woman whom he had formed.” This would support my note at Genesis 1:27. It appears to me that Adam was created with Eve in him and existed for a while in that state. Then Genesis 2:21-23 gives the account of the Lord taking Eve out of Adam.2

The Lord God made trees grow in the garden.

It’s interesting to me that some were created for beauty and some for bearing delicious, edible fruit. “This was beautiful and done for our pleasure and for His.”2

Worthy are you, our Lord and God, the Holy One, to receive the glory, the honor, and the power, for you created all things, and because of your desire they existed, and were created! Revelation 4:11

Let those who favor my righteous cause shout for joy and be glad.
Yes, let them say continually, “May Yahweh be magnified,
who has pleasure in the prosperity of his servant!” Psalm 35:27

Two special trees grew in the center of the garden: The tree of life “and the tree of the knowledge of [the difference between] good and evil and blessing and calamity.” (AMPC)

These trees weren’t just symbolic. Their fruit actually lived up to the names. 

Tree of Life 

The tree of life was to grant (or to sustain) eternal life (Genesis 3:22). God still has a tree of life available to the His people (Revelation 2:7), which is in heaven (Revelation 22:2).1

Tree of the knowledge

The Living Bible calls it “the Tree of Conscience, giving knowledge of Good and Bad.”

11. Rules about the two trees

“You may freely eat of every tree of the garden;but you shall not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17

The tree of knowledge was just for looks and a temptation. Eve later says the fruit looked delicious. (Genesis 3:6)

Here’s why

Once evil entered into the human race, it was actually a blessing that all people die. Death and the fear of death are tremendous deterrents to evil. And for those who have received the Lord’s salvation, there is something better awaiting them in the next life.2

12. God’s creation reveals His nature.

The Lord God enjoyed creating and did it well.

They were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He makes even the deaf hear, and the mute speak!” Mark 7:37

Jehovah Jireh thinks of and provides everything needed to sustain each living thing. 

My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:19

Consider the ravens: they don’t sow, they don’t reap, they have no warehouse or barn, and God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than birds! Luke 12:24

Yahweh is my shepherd: I shall lack nothing. Psalm 23:1

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2 AWM Living Commentary
3 Spirit Filled Life Bible* footnote on Genesis 2
4 The Amplified Bible*, Expanded Edition 1987, footnote on Genesis 2
5 Gesenius’s Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon

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