Genesis 2: The Sabbath; Yahweh Creates Man and Woman; The Garden of Eden

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I. Summary

Yahweh (called Elohim) blesses and rests on the seventh day. On the day of creation, Yahweh (now called Yahweh Elohim) creates a man from the ground, places him in the garden of Eden, and prohibits him from eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Yahweh also creates a woman from the man’s rib.

II. Photo

Yahweh creates woman: “And the rib that Yahweh Elohim had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.” (v. 22)

III. Select Verses

1-3: Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done.  So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.

7-9: then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the LORD God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10: A river flows out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it divides and becomes four branches.

18-22: Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” So out of the ground the LORD God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, 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 cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner. So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he 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.

24: Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.

IV. Outline

1-3. The 7th day: God [Elohim] blesses and rests on the Sabbath

4-25. The day of Yahweh Elohim's creation

    4. Introduction

    5-6. The first water, before the rain and vegetation

    7. Man is created from the ground and Yahweh's breath

    8. Yahweh Elohim creates the garden of Eden and places man in it

    9. Yahweh Elohim creates fruit trees, the tree of life, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

    10-14. The river of Eden and its four branches

        10. Introduction

        11-12. Pishon and the gold of Havilah

        13. Gihon from Cush

        14a. Tigris from Assyria

        14b. Euphrates

    15. Man is charged with tending the garden

    16-17. The prohibition of eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil

    18-24. Woman is created

        18. Yahweh Elohim decides to create a partner for man

        19-20. Yahweh Elohim creates the animals for man to name, but they are not his partner

        21-22. Yahweh Elohim creates a woman from Adam's rib

        23. Man expresses that he has found his partner

        24. Lesson: man leaves his parents to become one flesh with his wife

    25. Man and woman were naked and not ashamed

V. Comment

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VI. Works Used

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