Empty Cross Ministries Wednesday Bible Study Genesis Chapter Two

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Genesis Chapter 2

In Genesis 2 there are some notable things that we could learn:

  • A more detailed narration of man’s creation. …

  • The first marriage. …

  • The first commandment of God regarding of man’s specific thing to avoid and its consequence if disobeyed.

  • The Book of Genesis centers on the story of creation. Chapter 2 describes the time and way the heavens and Earth were created; ultimately on the seventh day God rested. The Protestant and Catholic Churches now designate Sunday as their seventh day(which is actually the first day of the week), not necessarily a day of rest but rather a day of celebration, this is the day that Jesus rose from the day, thus the early church celebrated the day of resurrection on the first day of the week.

In Genesis 2 there are some notable things that we could learn:

  1. A more detailed narration of man’s creation. In Genesis 1:27 we see the gist of design of how man was created: God decided man to be created in His own image. Here in Genesis 2:7, we see the specific steps on how God created man: it required intimacy and closeness of God; unlike the former creations which were formed ex nihilo, this time, man was created with God’s interaction.

  2. The first marriage. In Genesis 1 and some verses in Genesis 2 man was completely in fellowship with his Creator God and the animals without any sin. Yet, in Genesis 2:18 God noticed that something is missing: a helper for man. So God made the first woman out of man. This is the first human relationship.

  3. The first commandment of God regarding of man’s specific thing to avoid and its consequence if disobeyed. In Genesis 1:28. the first command was given which was to multiply and have dominion over the earth, in Genesis 1: 29–30, regarding on what man could eat. In Genesis 2:16–17, man was prohibited to eat something which will cause his death.

The verse reads

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

an help” means someone to assist him, a helper, a companion; and “meet” means “fitting; suitable”.

The ESV is more clear (although less wonderful!)

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

It is worth remembering that the word “man” here is in Hebrew אָדָם – that is, “adam” which means “man”. So “man” and Adam” are synonymous: Adam is the proto-man.

In the same way that Adam had named the animals, when God created the “helper” for him, Adam named her too: he called her נָשִׁים – ishshah: woman, wife, female. Only after the Fall did Adam give her the name Eve – חַוָּה Chavvah: “life”:

And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.” (Genesis 3:20.)

We now come to our scripture and like last week, I am goiing to read the entire chapter 2, again, it is not a very long chapter. Then we will deeper into this chapter of creation and the first and second comandements given to Adam and Eve on what to do and what to avoid.

Genesis 2 King James Version (KJV)

2 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

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.

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.

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,

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

14 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.

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

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

17 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.

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

19 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.

20 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 an help meet for him.

21 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;

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

23 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.

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

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

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