The first thing that Genesis 2 brings our attention to is in v. 2-3, “2For in the seventh day God ended His work which He had made, and the seventh day He rested from all His work, which He had made. 3So God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it, because that in it he had rested from all His work, which God created and made.”
Now, I’m not going to get into the theological debate of how we spend our time on the Sabbath, it’ll end up as an article sooner or later and so there’s no need to get into it now, but it is important to note that God did set apart a day for rest. So regardless of how you think you should be spending your Sabbath, we know that we are to take a break from the work that we do the rest of the week, and engage in some sort of rest, so that when Monday rolls around we’re refreshed and regenerated, and ready to start another week.
Jumping down to v. 8-14, the scriptures illustrate here the Garden of Eden’s geographical position, which has led many to trying to guesstimate where it would have been located. Several problems with that however.
The most glaringly obvious of which being the flood. As we understand it from scriptures, the flood reshaped the whole earth. And that would mean that Eden would have be destroyed, or covered up. But in no way could you find it today based off of the Bible’s description. The geography is completely different! But then the question arises, “Why would God map out for us the geographical location?” Well, many of the locations used in this passage to give us an understanding of where it is, are real places. I think that He was showing us that this place really existed. It’s a record which we can verify based on the other information. Of course you could rebut that with several comments, one of which would be “That it’s rather convenient that we can’t verify it’s location.”
Now normally, I would agree that that is a logical argument, but in this case I can point to several similar examples in our secular culture which most people don’t but rarely question. The Hanging Gardens for one. We don’t know for sure that they actually existed. They’ve never been discovered. And what about the Statue of Zeus? Except for historical accounts, we haven’t been able to find physical proof that it exists either. And let’s not forget the Colossus of Rhodes of which there is no evidence beyond historical descriptions, and the ruins of which will probably never be discovered. None of these places/structures have any proof of existence beyond historical accounts from civilizations long gone. And yet they are heralded as three of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
But why do we believe they existed? Because we have historical texts that use real verifiable locations to tell us where they were. Do you see the problem with the proposed argument? If both sides are arguing this logically, and one side uses an argument to make their point, they have to allow the argument to test their side of the debate as well. It’s like a math equation. What you do to one side, you must do to the other. If you don’t then the result is incorrect.
The other issue to finding the physical location of The Garden today, is the Angel or Cherubims from Genesis 3:24. And I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure a Angelic being wouldn’t have gone unnoticed on earth for the past 2000 years. But yet we know that God did put Cherubims there to stop man from eating from the fruit of life. Therefore if no Angel is there, I would assume that The Garden no longer needs guarding, ergo, The Garden no longer exists. Now… we could go into the spiritual aspect that perhaps The Garden has been hidden from mortal eyes, but then why the Cherubims in the first place? Not to mention this quickly begins goes down a road which is irelevent to this discussion.
Jumping forwards again to v. 15-20, we see God giving man, dominion and rulership over the rest of creation, making him the steward over this earth. We also see the theme of companionship, with man not finding a suitable companion among all of the creatures God had hitherto created.
And last but most certainly not least, we jump to the final five verses, in which God creates the woman. Wow… what to say about this? Well I think that ultimately, it just shows again God’s sovereignty over all things, and His incredible love for us. I won’t say more beyond that for now, and I know the last two points were rather dry, but as there’s so much to talk about in both of those passages, I know I’ll be coming back several times to both, with much more exposition, especially with how they both relate to quite a few modern issues.
That’s it for today, and I hope this has been a blessing to all!
Cheers, and have a fantastic rest of your day. I’ll see you on the other side.
Cody, logging off.