ASV notes on Genesis 2:4-9

ASV notes on Genesis 2:4-9

Seven days had passed, it was seven evenings and mornings, and the days were real days, 24 hour days. The heavens and the earth were there to be seen, but nothing else. Then God changed the desolate land into the beautiful life-giving Garden of Eden, with animals, fish and birds. He also needed someone there to look after it all.

From verse 5 we understand that the ground of the earth was filled with seeds ready to sprout and grow when water was added, and God made a mist to water the entire surface of the earth and all kind of plants and trees started to sprout all over the earth. Then God made the Garden of Eden for man to live in. God put man He had created in the garden for them to enjoy cultivating it and to eat of the trees.

In verse 9 God caused to grow from the ground every tree ….. And we can anticipate that it took a time for the trees to grow and give fruit, may be 20 years before He formed man from the dust and put him in the garden to cultivate it and live there. Also, God put in the midst of the Garden the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, one of them the man could eat from, but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the man could not eat.

Why did God put the forbidden tree in the garden, and made it look so desiring filled with beautiful fruits. It might be easy to accept and may be to understand, but it is difficult to explain. God made man with a free will to choose, God loved His creation and it might be that God wanted His love to be returned back to Him, not as something automatic, but by the freedom to choose. God does not force us to love Him, we have to decide to leave this world, change our lives, sacrifice the easy way and follow Him on the narrow road called Jesus.

ASV notes on Genesis 2:10-14

ASV notes on Genesis 2:10-14

Today it is common accepted that the Garden of Eden is somewhere in the Iraq area. By the verse 10 it seems like the Eden is the place where the river started, a place higher up than the rest of the garden. The river started from Eden and was divided into four rivers. Today it is not easy to find rivers like that, but the land might have changed in the course of 6000 years.

Sometime if you are in a forest or on a mountain and trying to find your way using a map and compass it looks to you like the river over there or the top to the left shouldn’t be there. The map could be wrong, but the nature is never wrong. The word of God is always right.

In verse 12 we find gold, bdellium and onyx stone, it is about gold and gem stones, the land is rich like the earth. The earth is filled with treasures good and profitable for people. There is nothing wrong with the earth and what God created; the wrong is in our thinking and in our heart. Like God told Adam, if you eat of that fruit you will die. Adam ate and he kept on living for hundreds of years.

God is not referring to the physical, to your body; He is referring to how your spirit is influencing your soul, the way you think and feel. Adam disobeyed God and died spiritually, in his spirit Adam lost his map and compass. Day by day he and the rest of the humans went astray and further away from God. Luckily for us there are exceptions like Enoch and Noah. Enoch and Noah were the map and compass for the people around them, they preached to them every day. But if the map and compass are in the backpack they are of no use to you.