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Understanding Genesis 2: Culmination of Creation

Updated on July 10, 2015

Read the entire chapter 2 of Genesis on your own. When you read the chapter, don’t just read it—study it with questions and try to make sense of it.

The Sabbath

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. Genesis 2:2

After creating the world in six days, God rested. He blessed the day and made it holy. God does not need to rest; in fact He could have created the world in a 1/100 of a second. But the significance of time was for our awareness. Our life is measured in time and how we spend it. "And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath." Mark 2:27,28

We worship on the Sabbath, not because God needs us on our knees and praising Him, but because we need rest. Sabbath day isn’t just about going to church and listening to a good sermon. It’s about fellowship with God and each other. It’s about resting from a stressful week and rejuvenating our body for the following week. It’s about loving others and remembering our Lord.

Jesus often spent the Sabbath day going to the synagogue and healing the sick. "And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath." John 5:9 God does not require routine worship, but a heartfelt time spent with Him. Your church experience should be joyful and uplifting. Make it special and different from the other six days. Take the given Sabbath day to spend time with God and learn of Him.

A Soul is a Living Person

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. Genesis 2:7

When God created humans, He formed them out of mud. Only when God breathed into them His breath of life, did they become a living soul. Other translations call them "living being" or "living person." A soul is not an ethereal white mist inside your body. It is not a separate entity inside you, which becomes a ghost after you die. “The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” Job 33:4 “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” Ecclesiastes 12:7 When a person dies, the dust returns to the ground, and the Breath of Life [God’s spirit] which was given by God, returns to Him. Any references to a soul in the Bible, means a living conscious person.

Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

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. Genesis 2:16,17

This tree was not part of God’s plan that Adam and Eve should sin. It had no magical powers that would open their eyes. The Tree was God’s decision that Adam and Eve would exercise rights to their lives. Time spent with God should have shown them how much God loved them. They could have chosen to believe God and obey Him, when He told them not to eat of it—they could and should have believed Him. Everything they saw around them was a gift to them, including free will.

Adam and Eve

Verses 18 to 25 are an expansion of the sixth day in Chapter 1. Eve was not created after the Sabbath day: "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Genesis 1:27

God creates Adam and shows him the new world. Adam was made in God's image, with God's characteristics to love and to give. Adam starts to notice that all creatures are created in pairs and the lack of another like him. When Adam notices the lack of someone to receive his love, God puts him to sleep and creates Eve. "And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." Genesis 2:18

Eve was a gift to Adam, and his need to love made him appreciate Eve even more. "So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself." Ephesians 5:28 God desires us all to benefit from a healthy marriage, but because of our selfishness, we ruin ourselves in harmful relationships, we ruin our family unit and children, we ruin our society.

We are social creatures, and we need to live our lives for the benefit of others, not for ourselves. This is the lesson that God has been showing us from the beginning. "For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another." 1 John 3:11 Our life is a gift from God, because He loves us. "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." 1 John 4:7,8 Learn about Him and have a relationship with Him. Love Him.

To get a deeper understanding of the Bible, read along with Patriarchs and Prophets, written by Ellen G. White. The book is available on and

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      Paul K Francis 2 years ago from east coast,USA

      A positive and uplifting take on the early scriptures. Enjoyed reading. have a nice day