Friday, November 15, 2013

Bible Study: Genesis 2

By M. J. Joachim






Reflection

Heaven, earth, water, land – it’s all there! The Story of Creation has moved me since I was a little child reading my Picture Bible. There’s something about being loved into existence, and not just me either, but everything! It feels good! Yes, it feels really, really good!


Resting feels good too, when you’ve worked hard and the work is done. God didn’t need to tell us that. Still, He showed us that life isn’t only about work – even though we know we have to do it. We need to take one day, one simple, solitary day each week, and immerse ourselves in His greatness.


The idea of death is present in Genesis 2. Death is a consequence of going against God, losing our innocence and empowering ourselves beyond what we can handle. It’s the price we pay for stealing God’s glory, an often fearful price that signifies the end.


Symbolically, death is merely that – an ending, the final chapter. My heart looks deeper and sees a God who showed us death from the beginning of time, when he created plants and seasons. Each plant is made to bear seeds and produce new life, dying off and renewing itself, according to its species. Genesis 2 gives us hope, when we read between the lines.


All things are ordered by God and named by Adam. We have a role to play. We have a job to do and a destiny to reach. Remembering Genesis 1, we are made in God’s image and likeness. Adam, the first man, was loved into existence as a leader, a man of purpose.


From the earth, except woman came from Adam’s side. Wild, yet tamed by love! Free, yet captured by the spirit of life from within…God’s Spirit, breathed into the soul of every human being ever created in the world!

Holy Bible

{2:1} And so the heavens and the earth were completed, with all their adornment. {2:2} And on the seventh day, God fulfilled his work, which he had made. And on the seventh day he rested from all his work, which he had accomplished. {2:3} And he blessed the seventh day and sanctified it. For in it, he had ceased from all his work: the work whereby God created whatever he should make. 

{2:4} These are the generations of heaven and earth, when they were created, in the day when the Lord God made heaven and earth, {2:5} and every sapling of the field, before it would rise up in the land, and every wild plant, before it would germinate. For the Lord God had not brought rain upon the earth, and there was no man to work the land. {2:6} But a fountain ascended from the earth, irrigating the entire surface of the land.

{2:7} And then the Lord God formed man from the clay of the earth, and he breathed into his face the breath of life, and man became a living soul. {2:8} Now the Lord God had planted a Paradise of enjoyment from the beginning. In it, he placed the man whom he had formed.

{2:9} And from the soil the Lord God produced every tree that was beautiful to behold and pleasant to eat. And even the tree of life was in the midst of Paradise, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 

{2:10} And a river went forth from the place of enjoyment so as to irrigate Paradise, which is divided from there into four heads. {2:11} The name of one is the Phison; it is that which runs through all the land of Hevilath, where gold is born; {2:12} and the gold of that land is the finest. In that place is found bdellium and the onyx stone. {2:13} And the name of the second river is the Gehon; it is that which runs through all the land of Ethiopia. {2:14} Truly, the name of the third river is the Tigris; it advances opposite the Assyrians. But the fourth river, it is the Euphrates. {2:15} Thus, the Lord God brought the man, and put him into the Paradise of enjoyment, so that it would be attended and preserved by him.

{2:16} And he instructed him, saying: “From every tree of Paradise, you shall eat. {2:17} But from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat. For in whatever day you will eat from it, you will die a death.”

{2:18} The Lord God also said: “It is not good for the man to be alone. Let us make a helper for him similar to himself.” {2:19} Therefore, the Lord God, having formed from the soil all the animals of the earth and all the flying creatures of the air, brought them to Adam, in order to see what he would call them. For whatever Adam would call any living creature, that would be its name.

{2:20} And Adam called each of the living things by their names: all the flying creatures of the air, and all the wild beasts of the land. Yet truly, for Adam, there was not found a helper similar to himself. {2:21} And so the Lord God sent a deep sleep upon Adam. And when he was fast asleep, he took one of his ribs, and he completed it with flesh for it. {2:22} And the Lord God built up the rib, which he took from Adam, into a woman. And he led her to Adam.

{2:23} And Adam said: “Now this is bone from my bones, and flesh from my flesh. This one shall be called woman, because she was taken from man.” {2:24} For this reason, a man shall leave behind his father and mother, and he shall cling to his wife; and the two shall be as one flesh. {2:25} Now they were both naked: Adam, of course, and his wife. And they were not ashamed.

Just the Facts

Where does life come from?


Who named God’s Creatures?


What did God do on the 7th day?


How many river heads were there on the river that irrigated Paradise?


Where was gold born?

True/False


  1. Bdellium and onyx stones are found where gold is found.
  2. Adam named his helper woman.
  3. A fountain irrigated the entire surface of the land.
  4. God formed all creatures from the earth.
  5. Woman was formed from the earth.
Just for Fun


Make as many words as you can out of the word EUPHRATES.


Family Time


Refer to Genesis 2:10 – 14. Make a presentation of the rivers of Paradise. Get the kids heavily involved in the planning and designing of this project, allowing them to express their creativity and do research on the computer for it. Your presentation can be stand alone, like a diorama, or it can be modern and interactive, using technology in all its forms. Let this project be more about spending time together as a family, working as a team and creating fabulous memories, than about the end result. Though, there is little doubt the end result will reflect the love family member shared while making it.


Soul Searching
Take a hike! No, seriously. Take a long, leisurely stroll through the woods, along a beach or anywhere you can see nature up close and personal. Bring your camera, but don’t let it distract you. Stop and breathe! That’s right, just breathe! Look up at the sky. Listen to all the sounds of nature. Feel the weather on your skin. Smell the plants, animals and fresh air. Open your arms and let God embrace you with the creation He made for you.

Active Response


Genesis 2 states clearly that it is not good for man to be alone. Yet too many people are lonely and afraid, most if not all of the time. Think about who might be lonely in your family. Think about who might be isolated in your area. Make a plan about how you can consistently reach out to them – key word being consistently. It is not enough to do it once and then forget it. Put your plan into action and let a lonely person or group of people feel loved by you.

Answers to Genesis 1

Just the Facts 

(1)heaven and earth, (2)heaven, sphere, universe, dome – as a separator and divider of what God was creating, (3)illuminating light, daylight, sun, moon, stars (4) in God’s image and likeness (5) good}

True/False 


true, false, true, true, true

Word Scramble


creatures, multiply, illuminate, image, subdue

Your visits always make me smile, so thanks so much for stopping in today. Best of the weekend to you!

M. J. 

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Biblical text credit: Holy Bible – Catholic Public Domain Version

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