Now, as we come to chapters two of Genesis, we will see that the story has transitioned from a story detailing each day of creation to now look at the history of creation. It begins like this, Genesis 2:1-25 “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 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. And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”
And reading, we can see that the beginning of Genesis chapters two, and a part of this second chapter is a closing statement for the first chapter of Genesis, and now that we are in Chapters two, we can confirm, it took God six days to create the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested moving us closer to the revelation and mystery we have missed in these first four chapters of Genesis.
Because as we listen to these first two chapters, we should start to get the feeling, or idea, someone is telling us a story, a story about creation. And the question that has led us to discover this hidden, but plain mystery of Genesis chapters one to four, is the question why. Why are we being told this story concerning creation? And as we continue to read these first two chapters, we will then see the change that took place as we go through these first four chapters, and this change we will see is the answer to the why, and the revelation of the mystery of Genesis that will help us understand the rest of the bible, and for us to recognize a common theme running throughout the entire book.
The change we are talking about came or took place at Genesis 2:4 and ends at verses 25. It reads as a historical document in relationship to chapters one. “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground. 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.”
In chapters one of Genesis, we can read and understand God is the author of creation, and we can determine from the scripture it took him six days to create, and after creating all things, God then chose to create man in his image and likeness, a clear point that stood out among all the creatures God had created. However, knowing these things, we had no idea of the process and how God created man, because from what we know, God spoke the world into exitence, and all that we see, but when it came to man, in Genesis two, we are given the background and details on how God created humankind, and this is the construction of Genesis chapters two, it is a background, and, a bit more detail on how things came to be.
But as we read this second chapter, I hope we can hear this from the point of view someone is telling us a story for us to know there is a God and Creator, and that we humans are not here by chance, but were created for a purpose we will see unfold throughout the rest of Genesis. And that message and story concerning our purpose can be found right here in this second chapter of Genesis.
The story reveals this reality when it reads, “And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God 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 knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted and became into four heads.”
Now, before we get into the name of the four rivers, we can use as a geographical point to look back at historical locations where these events took place, and let us take notice after creating the earth, God placed man upon the earth to care for it, which points back to the statement of God in Genesis chapters one. First, God declared man to be made in his image and likeness, and not only in his likeness, but man must also possess the authority of God to rule over the entire earth. Genesis 1:26-27 “And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. So, God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
And let us not forget, God had also given us his blessing and the ability to be fruitful for us to populate the earth according to the plan and will of God for humanity, because after creating us, and after giving us his authority, and approval, God both bless, and gave us substance that we might have all we need to fulfill his purpose.
And now that we have come to the end of creation, what was God’s response in regard to all he has done in creating the heavens and the earth? The bible and our storyteller told us, God saw all that he had made, and it was good because it was pleasing to God. Genesis 1:31 “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was incredibly good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
Now, do you remember, I told you there was a mystery to be discovered in these first four chapters of Genesis, and if we have not yet discovered the mystery, a part of that mystery was revealed, and even now as we read the names of the four rivers, we should have by now discovered this mystery, because the storyteller is someone who was there, and a man who lived shortly after the days of creation, and now that he had time to reflect on his life, he was able to write these things down for us to know what took place in the past.
Let us now read what the writer wrote when he gave us the names of these four rivers which is a signpost of his homeland and the geographical location from which he penned this story and message concerning our history. Because if we read carefully, the storyteller is writing to let us know where he lived by naming these four rivers found on the pages of Genesis chapters two, geographical points provided for us to be able to navigate our way back to his homeland.
He wrote concerning the four rivers of his land, “The name of the first is Pison: that is, it which compassed the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; and the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compassed the whole land of Ethiopia. And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is, it which goes toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates. And the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”
And this is now where another turn was made in the story, because now, we are going to learn more about God’s conversation with the man he created; the instruction he gave the man, and why the man should have followed God’s instruction which will play a pivotal part in revealing this mystery hidden on the first four pages of Genesis. Because as we continue to read, we will see why this was important for us to know concerning God’s conversation with the man, for it is this conversation that follows, and what took place some years after this conversation, is the reason, we have what is called the bible.
This is the conversation God had with the man, and the story the man wrote as a historical document, and what he wanted us to know. He wrote, “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 eat thereof thou shalt surely die.” The storyteller told us, God had instructed him not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil for the day he eats of it he shall surely die; the man was aware of this penalty.
He then continued to tell us how God met his needs when he was a man lonely and was without a companion. He wrote, “And the LORD God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a help meet for him.”
And so, he told us, “And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs and closed the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore, shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” And what we now know from reading this passage in relationship to chapters one, is that God created the heavens and the earth and set man over it with instructions and responsibilities.
Because what we are to know, and will discover as we journey through the scriptures, is the reality, God has made us a permanent partner in the restoration process as we look toward the day of redemption, again revealing we are living examples and proofs of God’s will and presence in the earth, partners who will with Christ take down the kingdom of the Antichrist. Genesis 12:1-3 ¶ Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that cursed thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.