Genesis Chapter 2:15-3:1-24 – The Corruption of All Things Part 2

Genesis 2:8-25

The Tree

 

Gen 2:8  And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

Gen 2:9  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.

 

In chapter 2 God is proclaimed as The Lord God. The word God is the same as in chapter1. Lord is the proper name for God. Yahweh or Jehovah.

God placed Adam in the garden of Eden to take care of it.

Notice that in the midst of the garden is…

1) The tree of Life

2) The tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

3) A grand river (v10-14)

Gen 2:10  And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.

Gen 2:11  The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;

Gen 2:12  And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.

Gen 2:13  And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.

Gen 2:14  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.

This place was the original habitat for the people of God.

One day His people will have a new river as well as a new tree of life in our new habitat, the New Jerusalem

 

Rev 22:1  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

Rev 22:2  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

 

And things will be llike they were before the fall of man.

 

Rev 22:3  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

Rev 22:4  And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

Rev 22:5  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

 

The tree

 

Gen 2:15  And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

Gen 2:16  And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

Gen 2:17  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.

 

Why did this occur?

Why place the tree there in the midst of the garden?

God knew full well what man would do. We can’t pick on Adam too much because we would have done the same or worse

God had to place the tree there, a choice for man there because if He had not done so then man’s love would have been questionable.

God wants man to gain knowledge but not by man’s own actions

God wants us to gain knowledge acquired through a relationship with Him

If man had not had such a choice then how could we or God know that our love is real for Him.

If there is no choice then there is no real love!

God chose to love us. He loves us still. He chose us and He loved us even when we were His enemies

 

Hos 14:4  I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.

 

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Joh 3:17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Joh 3:18  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

 

Eph 2:12  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

Eph 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

 

Eph 2:1  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Eph 2:4  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

Eph 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Col 1:21  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

Col 1:22  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

 

1Jo 4:19  We love him, because he first loved us.

 

 

Marriage

Genesis 2:18-25

 

Gen 2:18  And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

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.

 

1) Adam didn’t see his need but God did.

God had looked at everything He had made and it was good. But… when He looked at man He said “It is not good that he should be alone”

 

2) God made Adam aware that he shouldn’t be alone.

God saw it before man even knew he needed it.

God brought all the animals to him and he had named each.  In naming each, Adam demonstrated his right as God’s regent on earth as being over all created order.

His names stuck.

He also demonstrated perfect insight in the names he used for each animal.

But something was missing…

 

Did he look at all the animals around him?

Did he realize that each animal had a mate, a companion?

Yet he didn’t have one.

He couldn’t find one.

 

3) God then told Adam to go to sleep.

God put him to sleep. He took a rib from Adam’s side and formed woman.

 

Gen 2:21  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;

Gen 2:22  And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

Gen 2:23  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.

Gen 2:24  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Gen 2:25  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

 

 

When God formed Woman

Genesis 2:21-24

God did not form woman

from man’s foot with a bone

So that he could step on her and use her and leave her utterly alone

God did not form woman

from a bone in man’s hand

so he could strike her, or hold her with force, so she feels less than man

 

God did not form woman

from a bone in man’s head

So she could rule over him, or be higher than him, nor rule in his stead

But God did form woman

so when she and man were joined they would never part

Because He formed her from man’s rib

so she would be closest to his heart

 

Since the garden of Eden, something was missing in man. Something was taken from him and given to woman and since then she has been the completer for man. We are missing something as men. We are not all there.

My wife can see what I can’t see.

People tell me “You are a whiz at work-but at home and in the world you can’t even tie your shoes right without your wife.

 

The first Adam was lacking.

He is incomplete, missing something.

 

The last Adam has it all!

He lacks nothing.

 

Listen to your wife

 

Gen 21:12  And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.

 

Eph 5:21  Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Eph 5:22  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

Eph 5:23  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

Eph 5:24  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Eph 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Eph 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Eph 5:27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Eph 5:28  So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

Eph 5:29  For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Eph 5:31  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

Eph 5:32  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Eph 5:33  Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

 

The husband does not have the first word.

If there is a discussion and my wife and I can’t agree and it comes down to it, the husband has the final to make the decision after all has been said and done, if a decision has to be made but this is only after much prayer and conversation.

 

God could tell many of us today,

the reason I am not doing good at work.

The reason my friends don’t like me.

The reason my kids don’t act right.

The reason my personal life is not right.

The reason my family life is not right.

All this is because I don’t listen to my wife

 

She completes me

 

God says “Listen to her”

and Abraham listened to her in the first place and wasn’t this the reason he got into trouble.

But notice that in the second story, Abraham talks to both his wife and then God.

We find completeness in our wives

We find closeness in our wives.

Physically, until we get to heaven, the only way we can experience closeness to Jesus is through our wives.

Jesus Christ is in my wife and she is my completer.

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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