Genesis 1 was a synopsis of creation. Genesis 2 focuses more on the creation of man and the Garden of Eden. It can get a tad confusing during certain points if you assume that the chapters are chronological, but just consider Genesis 2 to be an elaboration on certain parts of Genesis 1 and it will make more sense… So, below I’ve provided the text and we’ll discuss after!
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
Adam and Eve
4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.
5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, 6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. 7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
8 Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”
24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
Ok, first of all, I have to say something (silly) before getting into the discussion… I think that the first three verses of this chapter should have just been tagged onto the end of Genesis 1. Who’s with me?! (There may be a good explanation and I’m all ears if you have one! Such a silly thing to be curious about, but I just can’t help myself)
And now that I’ve sufficiently criticized the author – I’m sorry Moses! – we can return to the discussion…
We learn of the location of the Garden of Eden. Today, this (presumed) location is mostly desert… Personally, I think God is hiding the garden – and Ernesto isn’t really sure what he thinks about it… But that is a discussion for our next blog post (Genesis 3!)… But the garden is described almost as the perfect paradise on earth. I imagine it as being abundant with life – totally green and lush – flowers and fruits all over. The rivers provide as much water as you could ever want… Heaven on earth! And God entrusted the responsibility of tending the garden and maintaining its purity to Adam (mankind). However, he saw that it was a heavy burden and therefore created Eve (a suitable helper).
The creation of Eve is fascinating to me. God has proven that he can create anything from dust. So why does he choose to take a piece of Adam to create Eve? We were designed to be partners in life – man and woman… If you become a parent, you’ll understand a glimpse of what Adam must have felt for Eve… Or is it the other way around? As a mother, when I gave birth to my two little angels, there was something magical about it… They literally came from me. They are little pieces of me… I will always see them that way. There is a bond that is indescribable… This is why we have such strong ties between husband and wife – it’s natural for us to literally see one another as two halves that are made whole when together – especially when we look at our children!
God’s love and respect for humanity cannot be overstated. It would have been easy for God to have named and tended to all the animals and plants in the world… However, He allowed and instructed Adam to do so. God trusted us (and He still does) with all of His creation – He has given us a great deal of power. It’s up to us to use everything we’ve been given to bring glory to God.
There are more things to discuss, but I think we need to move on to Genesis 3 before we approach some of those topics… Stay tuned!
And let me know what you think about Genesis 2! There’s a lot going on… Thanks and God bless!