Genesis Chapter 2 Answers

Hands of Creation

This webpage provides the Genesis Chapter 2 answers for the Genesis Bible study questions. We pray that God will bless you and give you great insight as you study His Holy Word.

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1. Verse one states: “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.” What commands or acts did God order in the first six days recorded in chapter one that still occur even to this day? What does this demonstrate?

    Commands or Acts of God that still occur even to this day:
  • Verse 3 - Let there be light
  • Verse 11 - Let the land produce vegetation
  • Verse 14 - Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night
  • Verse 14 - Let them (lights in the expanse of the sky) serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years
  • Verse 15 - Let them (lights in the expanse of the sky) be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth
  • Verse 20 - Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky
  • Verse 22 - (to every living and moving thing with which the waters of the earth teems) Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth
  • Verse 24 - Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind
  • Verse 26 - Let them (mankind) rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground
  • Verse 28 - (to mankind) Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground
  • Verse 29 - They (every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it) will be yours (mankind) for food
  • Verse 30 - And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground--everything that has the breath of life in it--I (God) give every green plant for food

This demonstrates that God is sovereign What he says will happen will happen until he stops it

2. From the beginning of creation until this day the seventh day of the week is special for Christians. What do we do – or should we do - out of respect for the holiness of the seventh day? Is it wrong for someone to work on Sunday?

Since God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, we should remember God and rest on the seventh day.

Pastors and others may have to work on Sundays but that doesn't mean that they cannot rest another day.

3. What do we learn about God’s creation of man from verse 7?

He formed man from the dust of the ground - man has a form, we are made of dust.

He breathed into man’s nostrils the breath of life - breathing is life.

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4. In this chapter we see the words “LORD God” used for the first time as opposed to the word “God”. This is from the Hebrew word “Yehovah”. What does the word LORD mean to you?

Here is an excerpt from Adam Clark's Commentary that explains this term very well:

Wherever this word occurs in the sacred writings we translate it Lord, which word is, through respect and reverence, always printed in capitals. Though our English term Lord does not give the particular meaning of the original word, yet it conveys a strong and noble sense. Lord is a contraction of the Anglo-Saxon, Hlaford, afterwards written Loverd, and lastly Lord, from bread; hence our word loaf, and ford, to supply, to give out. The word, therefore, implies the giver of bread, i.e., he who deals out all the necessaries of life.

Our ancient English noblemen were accustomed to keep a continual open house, where all their vassals, and all strangers, had full liberty to enter and eat as much as they would; and hence those noblemen had the honorable name of lords, i.e., the dispensers of bread.

There are about three of the ancient nobility who still keep up this honorable custom [this was written in the 1840's], from which the very name of their nobility is derived…God is the good Being, and Lord is the dispenser of bread, the giver of every good and perfect gift, who liberally affords the bread that perisheth to every man, and has amply provided the bread that endures unto eternal life for every human soul.

With what propriety then does this word apply to the Lord Jesus, who is emphatically called the bread of life; the bread of God which cometh down from heaven, and which is given for the life of the world! … What a pity that this most impressive and instructive meaning of a word in such general use were not more extensively known, and more particularly regarded! (from Adam Clarke's Commentary)

5. Describe the garden that God planted. Where was it? What were the three types of trees that grew there from verse 9?

It was located in the East, in EdenThere were 3 types of treesTrees that were pleasing to the eye and good for foodTree of LifeTree of knowledge of good and evil

6. Four rivers sprang from the Garden of Eden, the Pishon, Gihon, Tigris and Euphrates. Where might you assume the garden to have been? Does the idea of living in a garden such as Eden appeal to you? Why or why not?

Since the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers are both in modern day Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, you would assume that the Garden was located in that region of the world. However, I believe it was more of a spiritual place than a physical one.

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7. Why did God place man in the Garden of Eden?

According to verse 15 to work it and take care of it

8. What commands did God give to man when he placed him in the garden? What was it he could and could not do and what were the consequences for disobedience?

  • Could eat of any tree in the garden
  • Could not eat from the tree of knowledge of good an evil
  • Death was the consequence of doing what was forbidden (eating from the tree of knowledge of good an evil)

9. List all the creations that Adam named.

  • All livestock
  • The birds of the air
  • The Beasts of the field
  • Woman

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10. What is the significance of Adam naming all the creatures and his wife?

This signified man’s dominion over those that he named.

11. How are man and woman “one flesh” when they are married? What do verses 24 and 25 reveal to us about God’s view of marriage, homosexuality, polygamy and adultery?

They are partners, they are united and of a single purpose, they come together sexually

God ordained marriage between a man and a woman and nothing else.

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12. Why did Adam and Eve feel no shame even though they were naked? Why do young children feel no shame when they are naked?

Adam and Eve felt no shame because they were innocent - they had no knowledge of evil – therefore no reason for shame, because they had not yet eaten the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Young children also feel no shame because they, like Adam and Eve, also have no knowledge (yet) of good and evil.

13. How is Satan trying to persuade us feel to feel no shame for nakedness in today’s culture?

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