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Genesis

Date: February 25, 2018

Speaker: Sean Grossman

Series: Genesis

Scripture: Genesis 2:4–2:18

Tags: God, Creation, Man, Garden, Provision, Provide

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  • Genesis 2:4-18
  • The God of Provision

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.

-Genesis 2:4

5 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, 6 and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— 7 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. 8 And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 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.

-Genesis 2:5-9

10 A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush. 14 And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

-Genesis 2:10-14

15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 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.”

-Genesis 2:15-17

18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

-Genesis 2:18

  • Main Point
  • These describe the particular creation of man
  • God plants a garden in the land of Eden in the east
  • This habitat has provision for man to thrive
  • God brings man to the garden with the purpose of giving man a purpose
  • The one prohibition to man is that he would not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil
  • Application Points
  • Provision
    • In today’s text we find what God is accomplishing
    • We notice God dos not only give man life, but also great provision for him
    • The garden was a place for man to live and thrive
    • It was not a place of hedonism!
    • Instead we find the garden is to be tended to, taken care of
    • Man has a responsibility in the garden

 

  • Application Points
  • Provision (2)
    • There would be no cherishing, though, if God did not first provide
    • This is different than what we find in pagan myth and modern naturalism
    • For the pagans, man was created for the gods to rest…to be used by the gods
    • In modern naturalism man is a byproduct
    • The Scriptures show that the purpose of the garden was for man
    • Man is not created in order to work so that God would no longer have to
    • It should not surprise us that work is part of who we are being created in the image of a working God

 

  • Application Points
  • Provision (3)
    • Just as God created and worked on the formless void, so man was called to work on what God created
    • God didn’t need man to do this
    • Instead, it is a way to remember our place as image bearers
    • We see more provisions than we originally thought!
    • Not only does God provide a safe place
    • Not only does God provide food
    • Not only does God provide the river
    • But God also provides man with purpose
    • Man finds purpose in glorifying God through obedience
  • Application Points
  • Provision (4)
    • Just as God created and worked on the formless void, so man was called to work on what God created
    • God didn’t need man to do this
    • Instead, it is a way to remember our place as image bearers
    • We see more provisions than we originally thought!
    • Not only does God provide a safe place
    • Not only does God provide food
    • Not only does God provide the river
    • But God also provides man with purpose
    • Man finds purpose in glorifying God through obedience
  • Application Points
  • Provision (5)
    • “What is the chief end of man?”
    • “To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
    • That is our purpose
    • So many believe in lesser purposes!
    • Wealth, stuff, fame
    • The greatest, however, is to glorify God in obedience
    • To hear, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
    • To spend a lifetime of service to our God is our purpose as Christians
    • We can have things, and do things, but what gives us purpose in our lives is God
  • Application Points
  • Provision (6)
    • Our God does not only provide for us physically, but also moreso by providing us with purpose
    • God is not only the God of provision of some things in our lives, or wants, or needs, but for all of our needs, including our deepest need which is purpose
    • Show me a human without purpose, or doesn’t know their purpose, and I will you a human with great sorrow
  • Application Points
  • Provision (7)
    • Is it possible that this is one of the main reasons for our culture dependence and seeking of purpose?
    • Is it possible that this is why so many congregations struggle with their ole in the broader culture? Because they have lost their sense of purpose?
    • Is it possible that individuals within the Church are so tired/exhausted, and in need of self-help books because they have forgotten their purpose?
    • I want you to cast off those chains of purposelessness
    • Your purpose to glorify God in all that you do!
    • Whether sorrow, joy, feast, famine, this purpose can remain with you, the foundation to overcome the world
  • Application Points
  • Lawful God
    • We find something about the God of all
    • The command is he can eat from every tree except from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil
    • The ramifications are clear and present
    • If man were to do it, then he would die
    • Death was something he had not encountered and presumably would not have since he was allowed to eat from the tree of life
    • God is lawful
    • What does it mean to be lawful?
  • Application Points
  • Lawful God (2)
    • Laws are meant to regulate, to be a rule for society
    • We have laws, such as we aren’t allowed to murder or steal
    • Many of our laws actually deal with morality
    • Laws are meant to help society flourish
    • What would occur if society got rid of all laws?
    • Complete liberty without law leads to anarchy, and ironically, no liberty, because with anarchy there is no freedom because we are bound to lawlessness
  • Application Points
  • Lawful God (3)
    • Thus, we find a law from the beginning
    • What would it tell us about God if no law was given?
    • It would tell us God is not concerned with right and wrong or order
    • In Genesis 1 we learned that God is a law giver
    • Just as creation has order, so does mankind
    • We are ordered in regards to our kind naturally, but also in regards to morality
    • For many morality is something subjective
    • For us, the absolute standard is God
  • Application Points
  • Lawful God (4)
    • When we see God making this law we are seeing Him as the absolute standard of morality and law itself
    • When we consider God being lawful it should not cause us to quiver in fear
    • Instead it should help us recognize law is good in its own right for it teaches us about the Law giver who is God
    • Is there a possibility of breaking the law if it is given? Of course
    • It does not mean, though, that the law is bad anymore than that the Lawgiver is bad
    • Application Points
  • Lawful God (5)
    • Instead, it means we have responsibility with our freedom, to do what is good and pleasing to the Lord
    • Let us not forget to remember who this God is
    • He is the great Lawgiver
    • As our society continues to try and tell us that good and bad are relative, let us stand firm knowing that good and bad can be properly defined
    • Because we know the source of all good which is God
  • Application Points
  • The Gospel of Christ
    • Origins
    • Fall
    • Redemption
    • Glorification