In last week’s blog post, Nicole introduced Genesis and directed our attention to four theological themes that unfold in this book. You can read it here – https://waysidewomen.com/2018/08/29/a-new-beginning/
- God is Creator
- Sin and Its Implications For Creation
- God’s Unavoidable Judgment
- God’s Preserving Grace
Let’s take a closer look at Genesis 2 this week. We could refer to this as “The Way God Intended It To Be.” The big picture of God’s creative work is seen in Genesis 1. However, Genesis 2 provides us with greater detail including the creation of the woman and establishment of marriage between a man and a woman.
“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” ~Genesis 1:26-27
Within the beauty of creation, God presented his design and purpose for all to see and experience. On this sixth day, God saw everything he had made, and behold, it was very good [emphasis mine].
- God blessed them.
- Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.
- Subdue it and have dominion over … fish … birds … every living thing.
God’s design and purpose are further revealed in Genesis 2. After God created the man, He put him in the garden. This gives us a picture of God’s goodness. He didn’t create the man and just drop him any place on this globe we call earth but rather, God made a special home, a specific place where the man would reside and complete his daily work assignments and projects.
“And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed… The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” ~Genesis 2:8, 15
God gave the man some specific work assignments. Do you realize work is part of God’s design? Work came before sin and it is not part of sin’s curse. God’s purpose was for man to work in the garden, to keep it, care for it, and enjoy it. On the sixth day of creation, God gave the man his first major work assignment – name every living creature.
“Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.” ~ Genesis 2:19
After the parade of living creatures, it is noted that Adam did not identify any animal that would be a suitable partner for him. God knew Adam was alone but he wanted Adam to realize this truth. The Lord God went to work (the first surgical procedure), caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, removed a rib, and created a woman. God brought the woman to Adam and Adam was thrilled with her!
“Then the man said, ‘This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman because she was taken out of man.’” ~Genesis 2:23
Have you ever stopped to think about those first days in the garden? No sin. No shame or guilt. Garden work projects. Cool evening walks with God, the man, and the woman. Wow! God desires to have a personal relationship with each and every one of us.
Schedule some time alone with the Lord and listen to the words of this beautiful hymn – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPwmV_ATYAw
Then, in your personal time with the Lord this week, ponder these questions:
- How do I relate to God each day? What do I need to adjust so that I grow closer to Him each day?
- Take time to evaluate my work – How do I use my time in my work? Do I surrender my “To Do List” to the Lord and allow Him to direct my time and things that I accomplish?
- Am I walking in obedience to the Lord? Are there specific commands that I am ignoring? Is He asking me to surrender or submit something in my life? Am I ignoring His voice or will I walk in obedience?
- What would it be like to experience perfect fellowship and total communion with my heavenly Father and Creator? What sin do I need to confess?