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"The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed."
Genesis 2:8

Man in Paradise – The Early Earth

Additional Details of Creation

Genesis 2:4-17

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A.    How God Created Man and Placed Him in the Garden of Eden. Gen. 2:4-9.

          1.       Out of what had God formed the heavens, the earth, light, the stars, the sun, and the moon? (Gen. 1:1,3, 14-19 ).

          2.       Out of what did he form man? (Gen. 2:7).

          3.       What did it take for man to become alive?

          4.       Who has control over man's life?

          5.       How does this affect your view of God?

          6.       Something to think about. If there were a famous doctor / scientist who had discovered the technique to create another human being, and if he had created you, and if he kept the device in his pocket that would permit him to keep you living or terminate your existence, how would you act toward him?

          7.       What place did God provide for man in which to live? (Gen. 2:8).

          8.       What did God place in the garden? (Gen. 2:9).

          9.       What do we learn about God from Genesis 2:8-9?

          10.     What, in your opinion, is the significance of the tree of life? (Gen. 2:9).

          11.      What, in your opinion, is the significance of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? (Gen. 2:9).

B.     The Situation of Man in Eden; Its Rivers and Forbidden Tree. Gen. 2:10-17.

          1.       What else do you learn about the Garden and the early world? (Gen. 2:10-14).

          2.       What job did God give to man? (Gen. 2:15). What does this say about work?

          3.       What was the ONLY restriction God placed on man? (Gen. 2:16-17).

          4.       Why would God tell man not to do something? (Gen. 2:16-17).

          5.       What would happen if man disobeyed God’s ONLY restriction? (Gen. 2:17).

          6.       What does this tell you about God?

          7.       What are the three stages of death?

                    a.       S____________ Death. (See here.)

                    b.       P____________ Death. (See here.)

                    c.       S____________ Death. (See here.)

C.     Lessons to Learn:

          1.       Man owes his whole existence to God. God created man out of the dust of the ground. It was God who breathed the breath of life into man. Man owes every breath he takes to God (Gen. 2:7).

          2.       Man is not a cosmic accident. Man is the deliberate, intentional creation of a God who desires friendship and fellowship with man (Gen. 1:26-28; 2:7).

          3.       God is a good God. He created a beautiful earth for man (Gen. 1:1-31), and then He created an even more beautiful Garden in which man could live (Gen. 2:8).

          4.       God, in His goodness, created an environment for man that was aesthetically pleasing to the eye and pleasing to the physical sense of taste (Gen. 2:9).

          5.       God believes in granting privilege, but attaching responsibility to the privilege. God put man in the beautiful Garden, but He also assigned to man the responsibility of cultivating and maintaining the Garden (Gen. 2:15).

          6.       God provided man almost total freedom. God commanded man to do things which were enjoyable (procreate, subdue the earth, rule the animals, eat every kind of vegetation) (Gen. 1:26-29). God furthermore assigned to man the pleasurable task of cultivating and maintaining the Garden of Eden (Gen. 2:15). In addition, man could eat of every kind of fruit tree in the Garden (Gen. 2:16). There was only one tree from which man was forbidden to eat, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:17).

          7.       Since God issued a “thou shalt not” to man, we conclude that God believes in placing tests in front of His creatures. Will they believe Him or not? Will they obey Him or not?

          8.       God’s tests have enormously destructive consequence if we do not pass them (Gen. 2:17).

Study 2, Man in Paradise

Genesis 2:4-17

Prepared by James T. Bartsch

Orignally published January, 2008. Updated November 1, 2018

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