God’s Adornment: In the Garden

How is the creation described at the end of Day 6? See Genesis 1.31. This is hard to imagine because we live in a world marred by sin. Today we’ll examine Genesis 2.4-17. These verses take us back to Day 6 of creation and give us a detailed description of man. How did God adorn the garden? What does this mean for us?

I. GENESIS 2.4-7: CREATION.

  1. 2.4 – From here, everything looks forward.
  2. 2.5 – This describes physical creation before the fall.
    1. 2.5a – no bush of the field was yet in the land
    2. 2.5b – no small plant of the field had yet sprung up
  3. 2.6 – Mist = “spring.” (Mist not best translation). Means “Gush forth.”
  4. 2.7 – God makes man from dust and breathed life into him.

II. GENESIS 2.8-14: LOCATION.

  1. 2.8 – The whole earth was man’s domain, but God gave him a home: Eden.
  2. 2.9 – God made Eden for man’s joy and delight.
    1. “Eden” is associated with “luxury, abundance, delight, or lushness.”
    2. Other Biblical texts hint that Eden was filled with precious stones: ruby, topaz, diamonds, jasper, emeralds, and gold. See Ezekiel 28.12, 16.
  3. 2.9a – God put trees there that were pleasant to sight and good for food.
    1. 2.9b – Supernatural trees.
      1. The tree of life was in the middle of the garden.
      2. The tree of knowledge of good and evil was also in the middle of the garden.
  4. 2.10 – A river flowed out of the ground and became 4 rivers.
    1. 11-14 gives us a detailed description. It leads us to conclude that the garden must have been immense – covering millions of square miles.

III. GENESIS 2.15: VOCATION:

  1. 15 is a continuation of 2.8. God placed man in the garden … to work and keep it.
    1. “To work,” means to “serve or honor.”
  1. Work has always been an honorable thing with God.

IV. GENESIS 2.16-17: PROBATION:

  1. 16 – This is the first command in Scripture.
    1. A test to determine man’s love, loyalty, and satisfaction.
    2. There was no reason not to be loyal. They had everything.

V. WHAT CAN WE LEARN HERE?

  1. God is incredibly generous.
  2. God created all things for us so that they can be enjoyed.
  3. God created us in His image.
  4. God gave Adam a garden. It was everything he would need.

CONCLUSION:

  1. Doesn’t this connect Romans 1.21-23?
  2. Will you give God His rightful place?
  3. Christians, God has given us salvation. Will you trust Him?

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