Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Genesis. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material.
Take a few minutes to savor Genesis Chapter 2. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…
2:5-7 – man was created to garden.
2:8-10 – compare this setting to that described in Revelation 22:1-2. Also see Hebrews 12:22 and Ezekiel 28:13-14.
2:9 – the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was in the center of the Garden of Eden near the tree of life. As the centerpiece, it was a focal point and seen often by Adam and Eve as they chose fruit from the tree of Life.
2:15-17 – God’s loving limits.
2:15 – Adam’s primary job in the Garden of Eden was to work (this is the same word used for “worship” or “serve” in this verse) and take care (this is the came word used for “guard” in Genesis 3:24 – if Adam wouldn’t guard the garden, the angels would! The serpent never should have gotten into the garden.) of the garden.
2:16 – serpent went to Eve because of her influence, and because God instructed the man.
2:18-19 – animals created to be helpers, but they were found to be inadequate.
2:19 – naming is Adam’s first act of dominion over animals. (NIVSB)
2:20-22 – woman created as a suitable helper.
2:24-25 – naked – arummim – meant smooth, hairless. It’s a play on the word “crafty” in v. 3:1.
2:24 – man leaves his parents for his woman (his flesh).
What attributes of God have you observed in your study today? How will this change your relationship with Him?