ASV notes on Genesis 2:4-9 and questions

The Garden of Eden and the free will

Life-giving

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.

The mist

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 the 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.

Two trees

In verse 9 God caused to grow from the ground every tree. Moreover, we can anticipate that it took a time for the trees to grow and give fruit, maybe 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 was not allowed to eat.

Love returned

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 maybe 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 “man” to return His love 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.

Questions

  1. How long did it take God to create everything?
  2. Why should we love God?
  3. What does it mean to love someone?
  4. Do we need Jesus?

ASV notes on Genesis 2:10-14 and questions

Death, map, and compass

Where

Today it is commonly accepted that the Garden of Eden is somewhere in the Iraq area. By 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 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.

Always

Sometimes 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 should not be there. The map could be wrong, but nature is never wrong, as the word of God, which is always right.

The truth

In verse 12, we find gold, bdellium and onyx stone, it is about gold and gemstones, the land is rich like the earth. The earth is full of 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. As God told Adam, if you eat of that fruit you will die. Adam ate and he kept on living for hundreds of years.

In the backpack?

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. However, if the map and compass are in the backpack they are of no use to you.

Questions

  1. Is the Bible correct?
  2. What do you need to find your way through this jungle?
  3. Do you need Jesus every day?