In The Beginning – Genesis 2

Genesis 2  – The Creation of Man and Woman

You may not have a Bible where you live, so I am sharing what the Bible says from the Old Testament, the first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis. Today, we look at Chapter 2.

1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Adam and Eve

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth[a] and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, but streams[b] came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. Then the Lord God formed a man[c] from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin[d] and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.[e] 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam[f] no suitable helper was found.  21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[g] and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[h] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
    for she was taken out of man.”

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.”

Here’s what I see from the above scriptures:

  1. God rested after working.
  2. God created the first man from dust.
  3. God placed him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
  4. God gave the man the command to not eat from the tree in the middle.
  5. God made all the animals and the man was to name them all.
  6. There was no suitable helper found for the man, so God created a woman from the man’s rib.
  7. The man called her woman.
  8. We see the design for marriage – He will leave his parents and become one flesh with her.
  9. We see the first mention of wife.
  10. They were both naked and felt no shame.

According to God’s Word, man and woman were created by God and did not evolve from an ape.

I heard someone ask these questions the other day: “If humans evolved from apes, why do we still have apes? Why do we not see apes evolve into humans today?”

The design for marriage was issued in Genesis 2 and according to the Bible, it’s between a man and his wife.

That’s what I see when I read Chapter 2 of the book of Genesis as outlined above in its entirety. What did you see?

God established several things in just two chapters. Check in next time for Chapter 3 when we look at where it went south.


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