Monday, March 5, 2018

Genesis 2:4b-25

When the Lᴏʀᴅ God made the earth and sky 5 there were not yet any wild plants or field crops growing from the ground. This was because the Lᴏʀᴅ God hadn’t yet sent rain nor were there any human beings to cultivate the soil. 6 (However, the land was watered through springs which bubbled up from below the ground.) 7 At that point the Lᴏʀᴅ God took some of the soil and formed from it a man. He then blew some of his own life into the man’s nostrils and the human became a living being.

8 The Lᴏʀᴅ God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, where he placed the human he had just formed. 9 The land was so fertile that the Lᴏʀᴅ God was able to grow all kinds of trees -- beautiful trees with lots of good fruit to eat. Right smack in the middle of the garden he planted two special trees -- the “tree that gives life” and the “tree that gives knowledge of what is good and what is evil.”

10 The garden is watered by a river flowing into it from Eden. From Eden it divides into four rivers -- 11-12 the Pishon flowing around the entire land of Havilah (where there is pure gold, fragrant resins, and gemstones.); 13 the Gihon, flowing around the entire land of Cush; 14 the Tigris, flowing east of Assyria; and the Euphrates.

15 The Lᴏʀᴅ God took the human and settled him in the garden of Eden to farm it and care for it. 16 Then the Lᴏʀᴅ God commanded the human, “Eat all you want from any of the garden’s trees -- 17 except from the ‘tree that gives knowledge of what is good and what is evil.’ If you eat fruit from that tree it will be the death of you!”

18 After those instructions the Lᴏʀᴅ God said, “It’s not good for the human to go it alone; so I will make a suitable companion to help him.”

19 The Lᴏʀᴅ God once again started creating life from the dirt. He formed all the wild animals and all the birds that fill the sky. He then paraded them in front of the human for evaluation and the man assigned names to each. 20 He named all the livestock, all the birds, and all the wild animals. But none of them were well-suited companions for the human. 21 So the Lᴏʀᴅ God put the man into a deep and heavy sleep, removed one of his ribs, and closed up the opening in his side. 22 With the rib taken from the man, the Lᴏʀᴅ God fashioned a woman and brought her to the man. 23 The man approvingly exclaimed,
“Wow! Finally! A creature made of the same stuff as me. I`m going to call her ‘woman’ because she was made from a man.”
24 This explains how it is that when a man leaves his parents and takes a wife, they unite and come together as one. For they are made of the same stuff.

25 Even though the man and woman were naked, they felt no shame.