Archive for May 21st, 2014

Genesis 2

Genesis 2 has the creation complete.  “And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done”.  God has spoke the world into existence, and now takes a day to rest.  Six days he worked, and then He rested.  We learn elsewhere in scripture that this is also God’s plan for us – to make the Sabbath a day of rest.  It is important for us and our human condition to take time to rest and refresh.  Not something many of us do well, but definitely part of God’s plan.

God created the Garden of Eden and placed man there.  “The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”.  God has a plan for man – and “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it”.  God created a beautiful place and in it puts some special trees that were off limit to man.  He tells the man to care for the garden.  But God also very clearly gives a command to man.

Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die”.  Is there any part of this command that seems difficult to understand?  God tells man to leave the tree of knowledge alone.  The rest of the garden is at his disposal, but this one tree is off limits.  It Is not for man to touch.  But Adam struggles to do that as we’ll learn in another chapter.  God does look at man and determines “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him”.

God doesn’t want man to be alone.  He creates woman form the rib of Adam and soon there is a helpmeet fit for him.  And God defines what should happen in the relationship between man and woman.  “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh”.  Leave, cleave, and become one flesh.  It is God’s design for marriage.  We are to leave home, put our total focus and affection on our wife and become one.  Self no longer is in control.  The focus is on us, not me.  Marriage is God’s idea.  So is sex.  Both are perfect when done in His plan His way!

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