Genesis 2:4-9 ESV
These are the generations
of the heavens and the earth when they were created,
in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.
When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
At first glance, Genesis chapter 2 seems to be a different and contradictory creation account, but this is not the case. The Genesis 1 account is a general overview of the creation, while Genesis 2 focuses on the creation of man in detail.
Critics like to point out that in Genesis chapter 1 plants are created before humans, but in Genesis 2 man is formed before any plants spring up from the ground. The plants of Genesis 2 refer specifically to plants that must be cultivated. Notice in Genesis 2 they are referred to as bushes and small plants of the field. This is confirmed by the phrase there was no man to work the ground. This is even further confirmed when God plants a garden and puts the man in it–to work the ground.
Man was given a purpose. He was to steward the earth, especially the garden. In return, the man was able to live off of the produce in the garden.
A commonly taught idea is that work was a part of the curse on man resulting from the fall. Not so!
Genesis 2:10-17 ESV
A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush. And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Man was created for a purpose, to work the beautiful garden of Eden and to steward the earth. This is just common sense! We all were created for a purpose, and we have work to do.
Are you fulfilling your purpose?
The man also had one commandment from God: “…of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Are you living for the Lord, or will you die in your sin? You decide.