TUESDAY, JULY 18
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 2
Chapter one ends with the completion of the sixth day of creation. Chapter 2 begins with a description of the seventh day and the rest that is supposed to accompany that day. The rest of chapter 2, however, does not advance the narrative. Instead the remainder of chapter 2 gives us a very detailed look at part of what God accomplished in chapter one.
As we work our way through this detailed description one thing we find in verses 5-6 is that it didn’t rain. The ground was watered by a mist that watered all the earth. The first rain, that we are aware of, did not fall until Noah and his family entered the Ark.
Verses 7-8 provide a description of the creation of man. Notice that God formed him. The word means to squeeze or mold much like a potter would with a ball of clay. It is also interesting that Adam was not created in the Garden of Eden. In fact, God had not even planted the Garden of Eden until after Adam was created. After his creation, Adam was placed in the garden.
Moving on to verse 18, we find the first time in the creation narrative that God said something was not good. That doesn’t mean God did something bad. He is incapable of doing something bad. It is more of a statement that God was not finished yet. There was at least one more aspect of creation that He had to do.
From there we move on to the amazing creation of woman. To this point in the narrative, she is the first part of creation that was made from another creature. The Bible says she was made or fashioned from one of Adam’s ribs. This refers to a building of something more than a molding of something like when Adam was created. This making or fashioning refers to a much more completed process than forming a man from the dust of the earth.
When Adam awoke from this sleep and looked upon this woman, he broke out into song.
In verse 24, we find some unusual language. That is a man shall leave his father and mother. That is not strange to us at all. But the only Father Adam had was God the Father. And Adam had no mom. Obviously these words are for our benefit more than they were Adam’s.
Here’s a couple of other things before I leave you for the day. One, the Hebrew word for ground or dirt is Adamah which sounds exactly like the Hebrew word for Adam. Two, sometimes ladies are a bit offended at the role they think the Bile ascribes to them. But the term used for the woman in verse 20 is actually “helper”. That, by the way, is one of the terms Jesus used to describe the role of the Holy Spirit. Sounds like wives have a most important role and responsibility in the marriage relationship.