August 4, 2019

The Garden of Eden

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Passage: Genesis 2:1-25
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Bible Text: Genesis 2:1-25 | Preacher: Henry De Oliveira | Series: Genesis | Introduction

People have rejected the biblical story of creation, of life, of our origin

People say that this reality does not match their experience
People say that it is intellectual suicide to believe Gen 1-2

The Bible is infallible

Do you hold fast to this word?

Gen 2

It broadens the story of creation – the 6th day zoomed in
It outlines a perfect world

No sin
God and man are in perfect union

So beautiful and stunning – alien in our world today

Overview:

Beauty of life in the Garden of Eden
People’s Objections
Future Hope

The Beauty of life in the Garden of Eden
Four Characteristics

A beautiful place specially prepared by God

God was the original gardener/creator
A pleasant place, good for food
Everything immaculate and beautiful
A real place v10-14
In Eden we can see God gives us all things richly to enjoy
The name Eden means paradise

A place of enjoyable work and loving service to God

In the Garden of Eden work was to be enjoyed

cf Gen 1:26
We are to have dominion over all creation
v15 – “To tend and keep it”
v19 – responsibility of naming all the animals
It pleased Adam to obey God

Rest

v3 – God rested on the seventh day
This was the pattern Adam followed
This rest glorified God

The liberty and freedom given to man

God created man to be free

v16 – the freedom of choice
The freedom of ability
The freedom of enjoyment
v17 – freedom of choice

Choice is the ultimate symbol of freedom

The beautiful relation and perfect companionship of man, woman and God

v18 – it was not good for man to be alone

v7 – God shows a desire to be relational to the man He has created

Other animals were not suitable

v20-22 God creates woman

A perfect fit
Both created in God’s image
Created differently

v24 – The man was made to love the woman

Serving each other in their defined roles
Marriage

v25 – Man and woman could live and love without guilt in the ever presence of God

Man and woman in seamless union

People’s Objections

Many people have objections and question the authenticity of the Bible

A beautiful place specially prepared by God

Too mystical
They see a world that is always changing
They would have accept there is a divine creator – there is a God they need to submit too

A place of enjoyable work and loving service to God

Some question the simplicity of life in the garden

It would be too primitive

Working in the garden is not self-seeking

Not for reward
For God’s honour and glory
Why should someone devote their lifes work for someone else, especially an unknown being called God

The liberty and freedom given to man

People say that ultimate freedom is unrealistic

However, people often object to Adam’s desire to obey God
Why would a free man submit to someone, something else, even to God

The beautiful relation and perfect companionship of man, woman and God

People refuse to accept the order of creation

Man first and the woman second

People refuse to accept that the only helper compatible to man is a woman

Many condemn the Bible because of its stance on sexuality

To accept God’s authority would mean submitting to His authority

Why are so many people against God?

Arguing against these objections is fruitless
The simple answer is sin

It has made us wise in our own eyes reducing God’s wisdom to foolishness
We have been tainted by sin

cf Gen 3

We are Adam’s children and living in sin

We are quick to judge God and the Bible

Adam and Eve were cast out from God’s presence

We are cast out because we remain in rebellion against God
Jer 17:9

The sinful world hates God

The world is intolerant to the Bible’s teachings
Our progressive world is totally against the life God intended for us

Our inherent enmity to God

The Future Hope that every Christian has in the Lord Jesus

Gen 2 tells us of the wonderful communion of a life lived with God

Sin has created an ever widening chasm between us and God

Gen 2 should cause to seek a relationship with God

We should put aside sin
We should desire the wonderful relationship in the garden

Our sins must be dealt with

Gen 3 and onwards – God unfolds His great plan of redemption
To bring us back to Himself, to a better Eden
God came down to earth in the person of Jesus Christ

Explanation
2 Cor 5:21
Eph 1:7
Gal 1:4

There is a heavenly place being prepared for us by Jesus

Rev 21
A place only prepared for those who are His – who believe in His name, who faith and hope is entirely on His finished work on the cross

There is another place prepared

Hell
For those who reject
It is not the antithesis of heaven
The reason for hell is because of sin
A terrible place – of eternal shame, no mercy from God, a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth

If Jesus has taken hold of you there is much to look forward to

Servants of God – true Christians enjoy serving God

Rev 22:3

Jesus has set us free

John 8:31-32,36
Gal 5:1
Saved Christians are truly the freest people on earth

Closing Remarks

Rev 21:2-6

Introduction

  • People have rejected the biblical story of creation, of life, of our origin
    • People say that this reality does not match their experience
    • People say that it is intellectual suicide to believe Gen 1-2
  • The Bible is infallible
    • Do you hold fast to this word?
  • Gen 2
    • It broadens the story of creation - the 6th day zoomed in
    • It outlines a perfect world
      • No sin
      • God and man are in perfect union
    • So beautiful and stunning - alien in our world today
  • Overview:
    • Beauty of life in the Garden of Eden
    • People's Objections
    • Future Hope

The Beauty of life in the Garden of Eden

Four Characteristics

A beautiful place specially prepared by God

  • God was the original gardener/creator
  • A pleasant place, good for food
  • Everything immaculate and beautiful
  • A real place v10-14
  • In Eden we can see God gives us all things richly to enjoy
  • The name Eden means paradise

A place of enjoyable work and loving service to God

  • In the Garden of Eden work was to be enjoyed
    • cf Gen 1:26
    • We are to have dominion over all creation
    • v15 - "To tend and keep it"
    • v19 - responsibility of naming all the animals
    • It pleased Adam to obey God
  • Rest
    • v3 - God rested on the seventh day
    • This was the pattern Adam followed
    • This rest glorified God

The liberty and freedom given to man

  • God created man to be free
    • v16 - the freedom of choice
    • The freedom of ability
    • The freedom of enjoyment
    • v17 - freedom of choice
      • Choice is the ultimate symbol of freedom

The beautiful relation and perfect companionship of man, woman and God

  • v18 - it was not good for man to be alone
    • v7 - God shows a desire to be relational to the man He has created
    • Other animals were not suitable
  • v20-22 God creates woman
    • A perfect fit
    • Both created in God's image
    • Created differently
  • v24 - The man was made to love the woman
    • Serving each other in their defined roles
    • Marriage
  • v25 - Man and woman could live and love without guilt in the ever presence of God
    • Man and woman in seamless union

People's Objections

  • Many people have objections and question the authenticity of the Bible

A beautiful place specially prepared by God

  • Too mystical
  • They see a world that is always changing
  • They would have accept there is a divine creator - there is a God they need to submit too

A place of enjoyable work and loving service to God

  • Some question the simplicity of life in the garden
    • It would be too primitive
  • Working in the garden is not self-seeking
    • Not for reward
    • For God's honour and glory
    • Why should someone devote their lifes work for someone else, especially an unknown being called God

The liberty and freedom given to man

  • People say that ultimate freedom is unrealistic
    • However, people often object to Adam's desire to obey God
    • Why would a free man submit to someone, something else, even to God

The beautiful relation and perfect companionship of man, woman and God

  • People refuse to accept the order of creation
    • Man first and the woman second
  • People refuse to accept that the only helper compatible to man is a woman
    • Many condemn the Bible because of its stance on sexuality
  • To accept God's authority would mean submitting to His authority

Why are so many people against God?

  • Arguing against these objections is fruitless
  • The simple answer is sin
    • It has made us wise in our own eyes reducing God's wisdom to foolishness
    • We have been tainted by sin
      • cf Gen 3
    • We are Adam's children and living in sin
      • We are quick to judge God and the Bible
    • Adam and Eve were cast out from God's presence
      • We are cast out because we remain in rebellion against God
      • Jer 17:9
    • The sinful world hates God
      • The world is intolerant to the Bible's teachings
      • Our progressive world is totally against the life God intended for us
    • Our inherent enmity to God

The Future Hope that every Christian has in the Lord Jesus

  • Gen 2 tells us of the wonderful communion of a life lived with God
    • Sin has created an ever widening chasm between us and God
  • Gen 2 should cause to seek a relationship with God
    • We should put aside sin
    • We should desire the wonderful relationship in the garden
  • Our sins must be dealt with
    • Gen 3 and onwards - God unfolds His great plan of redemption
    • To bring us back to Himself, to a better Eden
    • God came down to earth in the person of Jesus Christ
      • Explanation
      • 2 Cor 5:21
      • Eph 1:7
      • Gal 1:4
  • There is a heavenly place being prepared for us by Jesus
    • Rev 21
    • A place only prepared for those who are His - who believe in His name, who faith and hope is entirely on His finished work on the cross
  • There is another place prepared
    • Hell
    • For those who reject
    • It is not the antithesis of heaven
    • The reason for hell is because of sin
    • A terrible place - of eternal shame, no mercy from God, a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth
  • If Jesus has taken hold of you there is much to look forward to
    • Servants of God - true Christians enjoy serving God
      • Rev 22:3
    • Jesus has set us free
      • John 8:31-32,36
      • Gal 5:1
      • Saved Christians are truly the freest people on earth

Closing Remarks

  • Rev 21:2-6