The Seventh Day, God Rests
2 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
The Creation of Man and Woman
These are the generations
of the heavens and the earth when they were created,
in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.
When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground—then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush. And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
Genesis 2 Commentary
by Hank Workman
“You breathe in me and I’m alive with the power of your holiness. You breathe in me and You revive, feelings in my soul that I had laid to rest.”Breathe in Me Michael W. Smith
“Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”–Genesis 2:7
The divine breath of God within man made him a living being. The Hebrew word used here is the same for Spirit. In essence, God created man by putting His Spirit within him. His Spirit, His breath brought life to His creation.
‘I used to be so sensitive to the Light that leads to where you are. Now I’ve acquired these callouses with the darkness of a cold and jaded heart.”Breathe in Me Michael W. Smith
How we need the absolute breath of God in our lives. How we need to have His Spirit active within us, like breathing in and out, in all we do, all we say. You know just thinking about it, we don’t have to think about breathing, it just comes naturally – it’s something that happens. Can you imagine life in the Spirit where everything we did, everywhere we went, the Spirit of God was so apparent and functioning through us, it was natural?
“So breathe in me, I need You now; I’ve never felt so dead within. So breathe in me, maybe somehow, You can breathe new life in me again.”Breathe in Me Michael W. Smith
The breath of God, the activity of His Spirit within each of us is essential to living the life He’s called us to live. It is vital to being in sync and walking alongside our Creator. The words of Michael W. Smith’s song “Breathe in Me” have always resonated personally. There are times we feel so dead spiritually. There are times we don’t sense much activity of His Spirit working within us. Look toward the Father for His fresh breath in your life, in your ways, in your simply living. As Genesis 2 states, His breath is made man a living being – and it is His breath that will renew and regenerate and revive your weary soul.
Genesis 2 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
Sometimes we fall into the trap of believing that God’s wrath is greater than His grace. In Genesis 2, we read of God’s unbelievable grace when allowing Adam to roam freely in creation.
And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.”Genesis 2:16-17 HCSB
The permission of God was broad and the restriction was narrow. There was actually only one restriction. Man had a knowledge of good, but was ignorant to evil. He didn’t know what disobedience looked like. He didn’t know of pain, suffering, evil, or sickness. What a blessing!
With free will came responsibility. Did Adam really love God? Would he obey Him?
The Good News of the Gospel is part of God’s plan for Salvation. But in that message of Salvation, there is a restoration of what was lost in the garden. Jesus came to show God’s Kingdom and unleash the restorative process between man and God. In other words, we can’t primarily think of Salvation as getting to heaven. That’s part of it, however, Genesis outlines for us the original intention of God’s design. We cannot fully grasp what’s been found unless we realize what was lost.
When I read this chapter, I get a picture of paradise. Adam is given free will to roam God’s creation and enjoy it. This is culminated with God providing Adam with a woman who would join him as one flesh. It was wonderful. The question is, how do we get back there? The answer is, there is no way back outside of Jesus. We should not look at this world and count it as disposable in our quest to reunite with God in Heaven. We were put here as believers to reveal God’s love and purpose to His creation and to help Him restore what’s been lost to sin and death.