Genesis Chapter Two part 3, A study of Genesis 2:13, Genesis 2:14, Genesis 2:15, Genesis 2:16 & 17, and Genesis 2:18 with our Common Man's Commentary

Genesis 2:13

"The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush." NIV translation

The Gihon Spring flows under the southeastern hill of Jerusalem, west of the Kidron valley. Though the KJV translates Cush as Ethiopia, it was a large area and nobody can say for certain where this river flowed. It is quite possibly talking about an area of what is now known as Libya.

Genesis 2:14

"The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Asshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates." NIV translation

The final two rivers are widely accepted to be the Tigris and Euphrates rivers which are north of Jerusalem. Today, these rivers run through the country of Iraq.

Genesis 2:15

"The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." NIV translation

This simple verse explains the basic reason that God created man and that is as caretakers of His creation.

Adam was placed in this perfect garden where he was given all that he needed. He had the joy of living in this perfect place and, as we will see, God was even there with him.

Genesis 2:16 & 17

"And the Lord God commanded the man, 'You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 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.'" NIV translation

God's instructions for Adam were very simple as he was given all things except the fruit from one tree in the garden. God knew that everything was good for the man except for the knowledge of evil and that is why it was forbidden. There are those who look at it like it was some big test of obedience and that God was waiting to see what would happen. The fact of the matter is that God knew the end from the beginning and prepared a cure for the evil even before it was needed.

Genesis 2:18

"The Lord God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.'" NIV translation

We have heard the saying "No man is an island" and we see that God knew this from the beginning. We were not created to be alone but to have a suitable helper. The biggest problem today is that man is trading in the "suitable helper" for anything and everything. God has created a woman for each and every one of the men and, if we wait to find that woman, we will find that she is suitable. If we do not wait but simply go with a feeling, we will settle for less than what God has created a marriage to be.

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