Genesis 2: Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden

Scientists keep looking for life on other planets. Do you think life exists in the universe outside of Earth? Why??

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Genesis 2:1 Thus the earth and sky were finished and all the bodies of the universe.
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Genesis 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

Why did God rest on the seventh day? What makes that day so special??

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Genesis 2:2–3 On the seventh day, God rested from all the work he had done. God blessed the seventh day, setting it aside as a special day, because he rested from his work of creation.
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Genesis 2:2–3 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

How factual do you think the story of the creation of mankind is? Why?

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Genesis 2:4–5 This is the story of the creation of mankind, when the Lord God brought earth and sky into existence, from a time before the grass and plants had begun to grow, for rain had not yet fallen upon the earth and people weren’t there to work the land.
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Genesis 2:4–5 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

In what ways do you thing the weather in the beginning differed from the weather we have today?

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Genesis 2:6 A mist rose from the earth, watering the ground.
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Genesis 2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

Is the biblical description of God’s creation of Adam too simplistic? What details might give us a better understanding of what God did and how?

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Genesis 2:7 Using dust from the ground, God created a man and breathed life into his nostrils, causing him to be a living being.
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Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

How would you describe the land inside the garden of Eden?

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Genesis 2:8–14 And God put the man in the garden he had planted eastward in Eden.
God raised up all manner of trees for their beauty and for food, and in their midst he placed the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
A river flowed out of Eden into four rivers to water the garden. The first river is Pison, which surrounds the land of Havilah, where the gold is exceptionally pure. Sweet perfumes and precious stones are found there. The second river is Gihon, which surrounds the land of Cush. Tigris is the third river, which flows on the east of Assyria. The fourth is the Euphrates River.
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Genesis 2:8–14 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; and the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.

What was the land outside the garden of Eden like?

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Genesis 2:8–14 And God put the man in the garden he had planted eastward in Eden.
God raised up all manner of trees for their beauty and for food, and in their midst he placed the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
A river flowed out of Eden into four rivers to water the garden. The first river is Pison, which surrounds the land of Havilah, where the gold is exceptionally pure. Sweet perfumes and precious stones are found there. The second river is Gihon, which surrounds the land of Cush. Tigris is the third river, which flows on the east of Assyria. The fourth is the Euphrates River.
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Genesis 2:8–14 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; and the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.

What made two trees in the garden different from all the others? How was their identity recognized??

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Genesis 2:9 God raised up all manner of trees for their beauty and for food, and in their midst he placed the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
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Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

What was Adam commanded to do in the garden? How difficult was that work?

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Genesis 2:15 The Lord God put the man in the garden of Eden to cultivate and care for it.
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Genesis 2:15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

How would you expect people to react when told not to do something or they would die? What do you think Adam’s thoughts might have been?

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Genesis 2:16–17 He gave strict instructions, saying, “You may eat the fruit of every tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Never eat that fruit, or you will die.”
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Genesis 2:16–17 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Why was being alone a problem for Adam? How did Adam feel? Why?

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Genesis 2:18 The Lord God said, “The man should not have to live alone. I will make a complementary partner for him.”
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Genesis 2:18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

How did Adam select names for the animals he saw?

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Genesis 2:18–20 The Lord God said, “The man should not have to live alone. I will make a complementary partner for him.”
God brought to Adam all the animals and birds, which had been made from the ground, to see what they should be called. All living creatures were named according to what Adam chose to call them. Adam named all the birds of the air and animals upon the earth, but none were a suitable complement for him.
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Genesis 2:18–20 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

Why weren’t any of the animals a suitable companion for Adam?

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Genesis 2:18–20 The Lord God said, “The man should not have to live alone. I will make a complementary partner for him.”
God brought to Adam all the animals and birds, which had been made from the ground, to see what they should be called. All living creatures were named according to what Adam chose to call them. Adam named all the birds of the air and animals upon the earth, but none were a suitable complement for him.
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Genesis 2:18–20 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

Of what significance is God’s using a rib from Adam to create Eve?

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Genesis 2:21–24 The Lord God put Adam under anesthesia and surgically removed one of his ribs, which he used to create a woman. When God brought the woman, Adam said, “She is bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh. She shall be called woman because she was taken out of man. Therefore, a man will leave his parents and become one with his wife. They shall be one flesh.”
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Genesis 2:21–24 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

If Adam had been under anesthesia, how could he know what God had done?

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Genesis 2:21–24 The Lord God put Adam under anesthesia and surgically removed one of his ribs, which he used to create a woman. When God brought the woman, Adam said, “She is bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh. She shall be called woman because she was taken out of man. Therefore, a man will leave his parents and become one with his wife. They shall be one flesh.”
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Genesis 2:21–24 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

What made Adam and Eve husband and wife?

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Genesis 2:21–24 The Lord God put Adam under anesthesia and surgically removed one of his ribs, which he used to create a woman. When God brought the woman, Adam said, “She is bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh. She shall be called woman because she was taken out of man. Therefore, a man will leave his parents and become one with his wife. They shall be one flesh.”
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Genesis 2:21–24 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

In their nakedness, why weren’t Adam and Eve embarrassed?

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Genesis 2:25 Both the man and his wife were naked, without embarrassment or shame.
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Genesis 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.