My husband is teaching Genesis Chapter One to Chapter Eleven and he’s entitled it: “Creation to Confusion”.
Tonight, we went through Chapter Two verse by verse. This is where Adam gets put to sleep by God and Eve is fashioned from a rib or part of Adam’s side.
After Adam named all the animals, perhaps he noticed they were created male and female and as of yet, he didn’t have a female counterpart.
In Chapter Two, God speaks prophetically about man leaving his father and mother to unite with his wife as “one flesh”.
Adam and Eve didn’t have earthly parents, which is why leaving parents and cleaving together is for future couples.
The first man and woman at the end of Chapter Two were “naked and not ashamed”.
They were alone with God; they knew nothing of evil.
Next week, we’ll study Chapter Three in Genesis, when sin entered the world. The difference in Adam and Eve’s life must have astounded them and brought great regrets.
I like going to Bible studies because the leader digs into other resources. In our case, commentaries; dictionaries; experts; and of course, a thorough reading of the Bible and prayer for guidance are employed.
We decided Adam must have been more intelligent than we are now because he named every animal and bird. “How many could you name?”
One of the classmates said maybe thirty.
We guessed there must have been a huge multitude of animals and birds represented. It occurred to me, not only did the names need to be created, but remembered so he didn’t repeat himself. Yowza!
Adam lived to be eight hundred years old, so the children, grandchildren, and on and on, his following generations could have asked, “What was the garden of Eden like?”
In Genesis 2, it says God formed trees before Adam’s eyes.
So, for eight hundred years, he could tell of his personal experience with the Creator to anyone willing to listen.
I’ve read Genesis over the years. Tonight’s conversation brought some insights I’d never considered before.
That’s what’s so amazing about the Bible. There’s always more to learn.
My husband asked, “As God brought forth the animals living on land and the birds of the air to Adam, to be named, how would this newly formed man relate to God?”
I said, “He would have been in awe of God and His amazing creativity.”
When we considered that Adam hadn’t been around for more than a matter of hours, this was an opportunity for Adam to get to know God in a way we’ll never experience this side of heaven.
My husband and I believe Creation occurred over six twenty-four-hour periods of time. Adam, Eve and all animals, (with trees and herbs for food), came into being fully grown so they could function and then eat the produce immediately.
Genesis is an extremely important book in the Bible. If I don’t believe Genesis is God’s Word, inspired and given to men, then what else in the Bible can I pick and choose to believe or disregard?
May God bless you!