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Outline of Genesis Chapter 2

  1. The Creation is finished and God rests - 1-3
  2. God creates man and gives him work to do - 4-7
  3. God plants the Garden of Eden and the two particular trees in the midst- 8,9
  4. Mention of the four rivers outside the Garden - 10-14
  5. Manís responsibilities in the Garden - 15
  6. Godís command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil - 16,17
  7. God makes a woman Ė help meet for man - 18-22
  8. The first marriage - 23-25


Questions from Genesis Chapter 2

  1. Did God really need to rest? Answer - God did not need to rest in the way we understand rest, meaning to recover from being tired or worn out physically. God doesnít have a body so He did not tire physically. God is Omnipotent so God didnít tire even emotionally or spiritually from His creating. I believe the verse is simply God stopped creating. It was finished so He stopped Himself from any more creating. Psalm_121:4  Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
  2. Why was there no rain? Answer Ė There simply was no need for rain because the Bible says Gen.2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. Verse 5 says that the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth. I do not believe (as some do) that the mist that went up the ground was God showing us what rain was going to be. I believe it was an excellent, perfect way of watering the whole earth. Rain does not fall everywhere all at once. This mist watered the whole earth and it was more like dew than a falling droplet.
  3. Why was Eden so special? Answer Ė I actually had my own amazing thought of the simple fact that God planted the Garden of Eden. Gen.2:8  And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; This garden was not part in a particular sense of the general creative act of God but something special. I believe when someone plants a garden around their home it is because they want it to look special in that is to their design. Can you imagine this garden that God planted? Talk about professional landscaping! God made a beautiful and perfect place for man to dwell and Man still found it surprisingly not enough. We need only contemplate that one thought to understand the depths our own sinful hearts can take us. That is why we read in Heb.13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
  4. Where was Eden located? Answer Ė The Bible says that four rivers came from out of the spring in Eden and flowed in their respective directions and it lists the areas. The world during Adam and Eveís time is much different than today so I donít believe we can be exactly sure. I do believe the garden was in the area of present day Iraq and Iran near the Persian Gulf. The map gives some help to its possible location.  
  5. Why did God make a tree that man could not eat of? Answer Ė I like simplicity but to arrive there takes interestingly enough a lot of thought and study. I know this answer could be longer but I want to say that God loved His creation and wanted Man to love Him, but; God is the Creator and He makes the rules. Sometimes we forget Godís Sovereignty over all things. I believe we cannot know everything and we should find great comfort that we can rest in what we do know. What is that?  That God is perfect in all that He does, a righteous Judge, and has a character that speaks of love, mercy and grace. So, God said donít eat of the one tree in the midst of the Garden because He wanted the Man to obey Him and the Bible says John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. So He showed us very early on in time that we should love and obey our Creator!
  6. Why was it wrong to have knowledge of Ďgood and evilí? Answer Ė Before I answer fully I will say we need only look at the fruit of that knowledge when their eyes were opened. It was too much for Man in himself to control and understand. God was protecting the Man from this knowledge by giving him a command not to eat. It wrong to have the knowledge because God said so. The knowledge of good and evil did absolutely nothing to help Man draw nearer to, or love His Creator more. It simply brought death, and was an instant proof that Man had disobeyed God. Man didnít need any more knowledge, he needed to trust and depend upon the Lord.
  7. Why was Adam given the responsibility of naming the animals and not Eve? Answer Ė Gen. 2:19  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. Gen. 2:20  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. God even seemed a bit intrigued to see what Adam would name the animals. God gave dominion to Man over the animals but only Adam was given the responsibility to name them. God must have paraded them by Adam and one by one Adam named them. All in a 24 hour day. Remember Adam only named the different bird kinds not all the subsequent sub species. Up comes this huge lumbering animal with a long nose and Adam calls it an Elephant, not and Asian or Indian or African elephant. I would also say that Adam receiving this responsibility is what we see through scripture of what should be the manís discerning nature. The woman has a different nature in caring and nourishing children but the man an authoritative, guarding and leading nature. The man is the head of the home and must make the big hard decisions with the counsel of God and his own discerning nature.

Mark 16:15 "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature."

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