101-102-Genesis Part 1 Chapter 2
Description of the Garden of Eden
In Genesis 2:4 we read that the account of the creation of the Heavens and the Earth on the day that the Lord God created them. In verses 5 we see that there was not a shrub or plant in the field that had grown or sprouted because the sun had not yet been set in the sky to draw the moisture into the heavens to return as rain as this was still the third day. This is significant in that the plants were placed in the ground grown, as in Genesis 1:12 we read God brought forth vegetation yielding seed of its own kind. It is important to know that God created the world in a mature state and not through an evolutionary process. God spoke His Word and His creation sprang forth complete. On the first day God created light and separated it with darkness. In verse 6 a mist rose up from the earth and watered the vegetation. Light causes heat and therefore caused a mist to form.
Verse 8 indicates that the Garden of Eden was created by God before He created man, as man was placed there after he had been formed from the dust. The Garden of Eden is also referred to as the Garden of the Lord in Ezekiel 28:13. We do not know exactly where the Garden of Eden was but most likely it was in the land of Mesopotamia.
In the Garden of Eden God planted trees bearing fruit for food and trees that were pleasing to look at, provide shade and shelter, and fill the air with pleasant aromas. God also placed in the Garden of Eden the Tree of Life. In the midst of the Garden God placed it. There is was available for Adam to come and eat as God placed no restrictions upon it. The Tree of life is referred to in Proverbs 3:18 “She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast.” and also in Revelations 2:7 ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the Tree of Life which is in the Paradise of God.’
God also placed in the Garden of Eden the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God forbid Adam to eat of that tree and warning him that on the day He should eat of it he would die. Many speculate as to what kind of fruit the tree produced. The most common conclusion has been the apple but nowhere in the bible is it stated. I suspect that since the tree has been removed the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil has been removed with it.
After God had created Adam and created Eve from Adam’s rib in verse 24 God instituted the marriage of man and woman. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” Jesus repeated this institution in Matthew 19:5. Marriage is the foundation of society that each man and woman become one flesh, be fruitful, and multiply and fill the earth. (Genesis 1:28)