Genesis Chapter 2 (Review)

  1. garden-of-edenThus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

The heavenS-plural now, and the earth, and all the host of them (Hosts of heaven and hosts of earth – everything in them) were finished.

  1. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
  2. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

“Seventh Day” God rested on this day. God blessed this day and sanctified it also, because he rested from all his work.

-this is the first base of the belief of the Adventists and this has even brought about conflict on which day exactly the seventh (7th) day is, also considering that the calendar we have now might not have been the same one they had then. Even in modern times, some calendars have Sunday as the first (1st) day, making Saturday the seventh (7th) day, while some have Monday as the first (1st) day, making Sunday the seventh (7th) day. If you look back, in Genesis 1:5 as I stated, the Jewish/Hebrew day began in the evening, up till the noon of the next day. So, it might be safe to say that the seventh (7th) day began on Saturday evening up till Sunday noon. (Adventists still take it as from Friday evening up till Saturday noon). So, anyway, whatever we make of it, whatever day the 7th day is, it is a blessed and sanctified day. A day of rest is a blessed day.

God rested. –meaning, Spirit rests too. No one is a machine. Even machines have cool off/down periods. ALTHOUGH, take note that before God rested, he made sure he had done everything and then ensured that they were good and complete. He didn’t rest halfway during the work. After finishing it all, he then took a day off. We should learn from that. Now to end that verse, “created and made”- this is to show that there’s a difference between both. Man was created, most of other things were made.

  1. ¶ These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

The records/accounts of the day the heavenS and the earth were made.

  1. and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew : for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

The fields were plain, there was no grass of any sort because The Lord God had not caused it to rain. Holl-up. I hope we can see that. Who controls rain?. God does. Until he causes it to rain, it won’t rain. It’s God, not the evaporated water in the clouds or formation of whatever or how science says it happens. That’s why rain predictions can never be accurate. It’s all God. Moving on… there was no man to till the ground (past tense) and there were no herbs or plants

  1. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

But “A Mist” (underground springs/wells of water) came up and watered the ground. Even as there was no rain, God made a way for the grounds to still stay moist, fertile and ready for use -and to prevent them drying up, in preparationg for mans use.

  1. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

“Formed” (Yatsar in Hebrew). From the dust of the ground (which could be sand or soil), and breathed into his nostrils…-So, God can breathe. (I particulaly love it in contenporary Gospel music where the term ‘breathe’ is used -like breathe on us). Into mans “nostrils” so, he created a nose on man. . “The Breath of Life”. This is a phrase that can not be overemphasized. God has life in his hands. He is life and he breathes life. And he breathed life into us via our nostrils. We breathe now because of the life he put in us. It is no ordinary breath. And man became a living being (some translations use ‘Soul’ which is also meaningful). *Note that Man, Mankind, Humanity and Adam are of the same meaning.

  1. And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

God “planted” (Manual work) a garden at the east of Eden.Eden already existed before the garden was then planted in it. remember that there were no plants or shrubs. God then planted the first set. Then the Garden of Eden was at the east of Eden. And then God put man whom he had “formed”.

  1. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Now God made the trees grow – another thing done by God. This means that its not by our seeds we plant or by watering these seeds. Its simply God. How else would you explain how mighty forests stand (forest that have been existing for ages and some in which men dont even tread). They belong to no man, no man waters them, yet, their trees still grow and bear fruit. Then “pleasant to the sight and good for food. – meaning, some trees aren’t exactly pleasant to sight, and not all are good for food. It also means that some are pleasant to sight but not good for food and some are good for food but not pleasant to sight. But the ones which God grew, had both qualities.

The tree of Life stood there, and the tree of knowledge of Good and evil. – in literal sense.

  1. ¶ And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.

A river watered the Garden. (God did it again). And it parted and became the source of four rivers.

  1. The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold ;

Havilah is a place of Gold, and it is surrounded by river Pison.

  1. and the gold of that land is good : there is bdellium and the onyx stone.

And the gold of havila is good/pure (is there bad gold?). anyway, it was clearly stated. It ”IS” good. And it also contained bdellium and onyx stone.

  1. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.

The land of Ethopia/Cush is surrounded by river Gihon.

  1. And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is euphrates

River Hiddekel/Tigris goes to the east of Assyria. And finally, Euphrates.

  1. ¶ And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

God picked up man from where he was (not yet in the garden) and put him in “to tend/dress it and keep it”. Another instruction God gave man. “WORK!”. There was no (and is no) room for idleness. (previous instructions were Genesis 1:26 (dominion) 1:28 (fruitfulness and multiplication). Manage it and keep it well, watch over it. That’s all God told man to do then and its still expected of us to keep the earth well.

  1. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat :

God “commanded” (Now when God commands and it is not followed, whatsoever happens is not God’s fault). “Eat of every tree”.

  1. but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it : for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

“BUT” (a clause) you mustn’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. – thou shalt surely die. Now, I sincerely love the fact that no version of the Bible would take the word “surely” out. (some say ‘certainly’) “thou shalt surely die” –referring to complete death in all aspects; spirituality, physical form, emotional death, morals, social, relational, and whatever you can think of.

  1. ¶ And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him.

It is (not was) not good for man to be alone – this still stands till date, and it pertains to all relationships. Not just marriage. Man should not walk alone. Friendships are also needed too. – I will make him a helper. Everyone needs helpers. And who makes them? God. No one can do it all.

  1. And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

“Out of the ground” (not the same as dust – but similar), God formed the beasts and birds then brought them to Adam to “see” what he would name them. God didn’t control him to name them or speak through him to name them. God gave Adam/Man the intellect, and he was still interested in seeing what he would name them. Adam had the free will. And what Adam named them is their name till this very day. What he called ‘Lion’, is Lion till date. If he had called a Lion ‘Dog’, we would equally call it so, forever.

  1. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a help meet for him.

Adam/Man gave names to all cattle (cows, oxen, sheep etc), fowls of the air (doves, eagles, hawks, ravens and probably even chickens etc), beasts of the field (horse, pigs etc). but yet, Adam still didn’t have a helper. This means you can be doing perfectly fine without a helper, but what you still haven’t realized that a helper is always needed. We would learn about that in later scriptures.

  1. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof.

God caused a deep sleep (Another thing God has power over. If you need rest, run to him) Some people cannot even sleep peacefully these days. – and he slept. – the power of God cannot be fought. And he took one of his ribs then closed the flesh (it was done manually. Similar to surgery).

(Although I wonder if he had a belly button since he wasn’t born and there shouldn’t be a placenta)

  1. And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

And from that rib, God made woman. (a little from you is all God needs to perfect your life and give you help. Very little. If only you’re willing). And then he brought her to him.

In verse 20, it states “no help was found for him” and now in 22, he didn’t even search. God brought her to him Himself.

It can also be said that a woman is a modified version of a man, although originally from his rib.

  1. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man

And Adam said. This is “now”(this one, at last is) the bone of my bones … …flesh of my flesh… – meaning, finally this is someone like me, whatever I go through, you go through. Whatsoever it may be. As I feel what I feel in my bones, so shall you feel. (Adam recognized something of himself in her) We are one. Adam even named her. Woman. Adam had a purpose, work and all there was, before it was realized that he needed help in that which was assigned him.

  1. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Following the story and this verse, there weren’t even any fathers or mothers at the time. But this has been Gods plan from the beginning. For a man to leave his parents then cleave/be joined with her – intertwined – (like a braid) and they will be one flesh. Therefore/it is for this reason – the reason is help. It is because of help, that a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave….

  1. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

They were naked and not ashamed. – how wonderful. They walked naked in all confidence and without caution (even with animals around)

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