Genesis 2

God did not rest on the seventh day because he was tired, but rather he was pleased with the outcome of what he had created.

Within the Garden of Eden there is a blessing and a curse. There is the Tree of Life (a type of Jesus Christ) which is the blessing, but also there is the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. It is good not to eat its fruit and it is evil to disobey God and eat the fruit. God frequently sets before us both a blessing and a curse, there is no neutral with God. We are either blessed or cursed. The blessing is always a real blessing, and the curse is more than just an absence of blessing. God wants to bless us, that is clearly his desire.

There’s nothing wrong with work – however work as we know it is very different to the work of the Garden of Eden. Work was easy and fruitful, the work we recognise today is a direct result of sin in the world.

The seventh day of creation, the day that God rested does not follow the pattern set by the preceding days. They all include ‘then there was evening and morning’. This implies that the Sabbath is a different type of day, that it is endless, and also, if you notice, it is the only day that God blessed, he also sanctified it – the Sabbath rest remains important to God, regardless of which day you celebrate it (Colossians 2:16). The difference between the Jewish Sabbath and the Christian one is that the Jewish one looks back at the creation and Jewish laws whereas the Christian Sabbath focuses on the new creation wrought by Jesus’ work on the cross and the covenant of grace.

Why were there the two special trees in the Garden of Eden? To enable Adam and Eve to obey or disobey God’s will as they chose.

What is the first thing in the whole universe to be considered ‘not good’? That Adam is on his own. It was that important to God.

According to Matthew Henry, Adam’s wife was ‘not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be beloved’.

There are four reasons why God created marriage. For companionship and to improve people, for a wholesome and healthy sexual relationship, and procreation of children and to enable self-control, and finally to reflect the relationship believers can have with Jesus, the Bridegroom. There will be no marriage in heaven because we will not need it. We will be married to Jesus.

Adam is a type of Jesus: his side was opened to create his bride, and at Jesus’ crucifixion his side was also opened, and this event, his death and resurrection brought the Church, Jesus’ Bride into existence, the new creation.

With thanks to my spiritual uncles: Uncle Warren Wiersbe, Uncle Chuck Missler, Uncle Matthew Henry, Uncle Jacob Prasch and Uncle Arnold Fruchtenbaum.

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