And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.
- What is special about this seventh day? What does it mean for God to rest, if He never becomes tired?
- What kind of work did and does God continue to do? Why is it important that this seventh day has no end in the text – there is no repetition of the phrase “there was evening and morning, the seventh day.”
When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up–for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground–then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
- What hindered the flourishing of the earth? What two things needed for the earth to produce abundance? How did God provide these two things so that the earth could flourish?
- What makes the creation of the man different from everything else God created? How does our origin in dust show how we are to relate to the rest of creation? How does our origin in the breath of God show how we are to relate to Him?
And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush. And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 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.”
- What kind of home did God provide for Adam? What kind of work?
- “Eden” means “delight.” How does this description evoke beauty, abundance, and delight? How is the prohibition given to Adam meant for his good?