Genesis Chapter 2

Hand of God

This is study of Genesis Chapter 2 is the second study of eleven in a series of studies of the first 11 chapters of the first book of the Bible. Learn why God created Adam and Eve and about their home in the Garden of Eden. Discover how these events affect to this very day.

Your learning comes from reading and studying the Bible. After you have read the Scripture passage below, it's a good idea to answer the daily study questions.

Book of Genesis Chapter 2 - from the New International Version

1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens-- 5 and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to work the ground, 6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground-- 7 the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

8 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground--trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12(The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Asshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."

18 The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."

19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field.

But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman,' for she was taken out of man."

24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

25 The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

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Daily Study Questions

Day One

1. Verse one of Genesis Chapter 2 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?

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?

3. What do we learn about God’s creation of man from verse 7 of Genesis Chapter 2?

Day Two

1. In Genesis Chapter 2 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?

2. Describe the garden that God planted. Where was it? What were the three types of trees that grew there from verse 9 of Genesis Chapter 2?

3. 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?

Day Three

1. What Hebrew word is translated “Lord God” and what does that Hebrew word mean?

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

3. 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 do
  • Could not do
  • Consequences of doing what was forbidden

Day Four

1. List all the creations that Adam named.

2. What aspects of God’s creations do you enjoy or appreciate the most?

  • Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter
  • Animals
  • Plants, gardening
  • Sun, moon, the stars and other celestial creations
  • Oceans, mountains, forests, prairies, deserts etc
  • Fish
  • Children
  • Other: __________________________

3. Why did God create Eve? How do you think Adam felt when God brought her to him?

Day Five

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

2. How are man and woman “one flesh” when they are married? What do verses 24 and 25 of Genesis Chapter 2 reveal to us about God’s view of marriage, homosexuality, polygamy and adultery?

3. Who is saying the words of verse 24 of Genesis Chapter 2?

Day Six

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

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

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