Genesis 2:7-17 Man and the Garden of Eden
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
8 The LORD God planted a
garden eastward in
10 Now a
river went out of
15 Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." NKJV
Facts to consider in what is revealed in these verses:
Y Here again Moses continues to use the term Yahowah Elohiym translated as LORD God. This combination assures us that the One called Yahowah is the same as the creator identified as the plural Elohiym in Chapter 1.
Y Man was formed from the dust of the ground.
Y Life came directly from a special act of God as “God breathed life into the man’s nostrils the Breath of Life and man became a living being.” As seen in [Genesis 7:22] where we learn that the Breath and Spirit of Life are together as it is called the “Breath of the Spirit of Life.” And again in [John 6:63] Jesus tells us that “it is the Spirit Who gives life, the flesh profits nothing. The Words I speak to you are spirit and they are life.”
Y Everything that was created was created at the spoken Word of God, and Jesus is the Word of God Who was with God in the beginning and was God. [John 1:1]
God planted a garden eastward in
Y God made every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food to grow in this garden.
Y In the middle of the garden were two trees, the “Tree of Life,” and the “Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil.”
A river went out of
Remember, since there was only one land mass and Moses is trying to relate it to the divided earth as we know it, he describes it by referring to present topography of the earth.
Rivers of Eden:
Pishon (means: increase), encompasses the whole
(means: burst forth),
is the one that encompasses the whole
2. Hiddekel (means: rapid), which goes to the east of Assyria which is in some translations identified as the Tigris River which does in fact run on the east of Assyria which today is called Iraq.
Y God put the man into the garden of Eden with the job to tend and keep it. The first Adam was a gardener, and the Second Adam (Jesus) was thought to be a gardener according to [John 20:15].
Y God put two special trees in the middle of the garden for one reason only, and that was to give man a choice, and these trees became the focus of the first test of man’s freedom of choice, as God gave His first behavioral command forbidding only the one tree which was the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil. That commandment carried the death penalty.
Y At this point man faces only one commandment from God: “Do not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil.”
Y The commandment to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth was not given until the woman was present.