Man I am just LOVING Genesis! Taking it slow has been beyond great for me!
This is what I’ve discovered from Genesis 2:5-3:7
- There was a change in the way that they referred to God. In Genesis 1, they refer to Him as “God” (Elohim). This is the ‘generic’ name of the Supreme Being. Yet in Genesis 2, He is referred to as “the Lord God” (Yahweh Elohim”, which is His ‘personal name’.
- Then I began to really look into detail of what the garden looked like. (v 5-6) there was no rain but ‘streams’ (or mist-from the KJV). Mist seems more reasonable, as the earth was most likely watered by heavy fogs, because the earth’s surface was so hot and the consequent vapors were so dense; that cooling raindrops the clouds would turn to vapor again before it even had a chance to touch the surface of the earth.
I also did some research and discovered that the Garden of Eden is most likely in Southeast Asia. Sweetness! The Tigris and Euphrates rivers have been discovered, but the mystery is not knowing where the Pishon and Gihon rivers are located. Bible scholars have 2 probable guesses, but they are both in Southeast Asia. Maybe I can make a visit since I am so close….(v 10-14)
The tree of life reveals to us that immortality is dependent on something outside of ourselves. What was really cool was that this tree will be accessible again to those who belong to Christ in the end. (Revelation 2:7; 22:2, 17) Maybe this was just me not knowing and assuming, but I never noticed that I would one day be able to eat from this tree. I always had assumed that Adam and Eve just messed it up for us all and we would never be able to experience this fruit of immortality.
The tree of the knowledge of good and evil had a lot of descriptions listed. It was “good for food”, “pleasing to the eye” and “desirable for gaining wisdom (3:6). I do not know if this is a literal tree or if it was more symbolic, I don’t that is the main focus. The essence of Adam & Eve’s sin was that they wanted to transfer the control of their lives from God to themselves. God had created something beautiful, simple and perfect. There was only one real condition, to have human recognize God as their creator and master. Initially they did this, they experienced life how God planned it and they were truly the prize of all his creations. Adam and Eve were completely satisfied UNTIL…Satan (in the form of a serpent 2 Cor 11:3,14, Rev 12:9, 20:2) deceived them into thinking that if they were like God and knew what He knew, then life would be even better. It was only then that Adam and Eve became dissatisfied. That is all it took, a little deception. They wanted to be like God and ultimately they wanted to be their own master.
*note: Eve was not named yet, she was still referred to as woman. It is not until v. 3:20 where she is named (after they ate the fruit and God cursed the serpent, gave pregnancy pains to woman and cursed the ground)
I am reminded of the importance of being dependant on the Lord and giving him credit where it is due. If we go back to this simple principle from the garden, we will live in a peaceful and beautiful place. There are no worries because you are in constant communication with Him and in perfect unity with Him. We are also to be on guard and aware of the enemy and his ways of deceiving us. We are not to give into them; so that, we can remain in the beautiful place God has created for us.