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In Genesis chapter 2, God has finished making the heavens and the earth and it is now the seventh day. God sanctified the seventh day "because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." (vs.3)

God made the plants and herb before they were put in the earth and before they grew. So, the plant life was created full grown, not from seed. You've heard the question, "which came first, the chicken or the egg?" Well, according to the Bible, the chicken came first. God created the animals and then told them to multiply. Likewise, He created the plant life and then gave it the ability to recreate.

The earth was watered with a mist that went up out of the earth not from above. The garden was also watered by a river that ran through it. (vs.10)

God formed man from the dust and breathed life into him, thus giving him a soul. Vs. 8 says that God planted The Garden of Eden just for man. He then (vs.9) made every tree and herb that was pleasant to the sight and good for food to grow in the garden and also a tree in which was the knowledge of good and evil.
It is important to note that man had a job to do. Even though God had provided a paradise for man to live in, with plenty of food and water, He did not intend for man to be idle. God does not encourage laziness! Man was to take care of the garden. There was only one thing man was told not to do. (vs.17) He was not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. So, in the beginning, there was only one "Thou Shalt Not."

In verse 18 God said it is not good for man to be alone. (Men, you need to remember this the next time you are tempted to complain about your wife.) So God planned to make a companion for him. God brought all the animals to Adam (the man) and let him name them. He then put Adam to sleep and took one of his ribs and made a woman. Some say God used this bone because it was closest to man's heart! Notice here that man was fashioned as the animals... from the earth. (vs. 7 & 19) But woman was made from STRONGER STUFF! Bone!!! (just kidding!)

Then, at the end of chapter 2, God tells the man to leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife. There was no sin in the Garden of Eden, no shame, no reproach and no evil.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

1. Why do you think God put the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the midst of the perfect place He had created for man?

2. Why do you think God told the man to leave HIS father and mother and cleave to his wife but didn't instruct the woman to do the same?

3. What do you think was the reason God didn't make the woman the same way He made the man?

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