The Lord God Formed Man

Posted by on Jun 17, 2012

The Lord God Formed Man

“The Lord God Formed Man”

MP3 Version: “The Lord God Formed Man

Scripture Text: Genesis 2:4-17

By Pastor Mike Withem
First Baptist Church
Ranson, West Virginia

Introduction:

A. There’s something that we must understand as we continue our study of Genesis 2.
1. Genesis 2, beginning with Vrs. 4 and going all the way to the end of the chapter (Vrs. 25), is actually a detailed account of what happened on Day Six of creation, specifically the creation of man.
2. In Genesis 1, we are given an OVERVIEW of man’s creation, while in Genesis 2 we are given the DETAILS.
3. Let me show what I am talking about.
4. Gen. 1:27, the Bible says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Gen. 1:27)
5. And that’s all it says, God “created man in His own image,” and that he created them “male and female.”
6. However, in Gen. 2:7 we are told that Adam was created from “the dust of the ground,” it says, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Gen. 2:7)
7. We are then told in Gen. 2:21-22, that Eve was created from one of Adam’s “ribs,” it says, “And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.” (Gen. 2:21-22)
8. And so, in Genesis 1, we are given an overview of man’s creation, while in Genesis 2 we are given the details.

B. Now what else does Genesis 2 tell us that Genesis 1 did not (left out)? First of all, it tells us that after God had created Adam from the “dust of the ground,” that He gave him a…

I. Place Where He Could Live Abundantly.

A. Of course, Adam had the ENTIRE earth as his home.
1. However, we are told that God created a very special place for Adam to live.
2. Notice again Vrs. 8 of our text, “And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.” (Gen. 2:8)
3. Gen. 2:15 says, “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden.” (Gen. 2:15)

B. What kind of place was the garden of Eden?
1. First of all, it was a well WATERED place.
2. Notice again Vrs. 10 of our text, “And a river went out of Eden to water the garden;” (Gen. 2:10)
3. Now because of the abundance of water, Eden was also a place where there was an abundance of FOOD.
4. Notice again Vrs. 9, “And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food;” (Gen. 2:9)
5. Not only was Eden a place of abundant water and abundant food, it was also a place of abundant LIFE.
6. You see, there was a very special tree in the garden that was called “the tree of life.”
7. Notice again Vrs. 9 of our text, “…the tree of life also in the midst of the garden,” (Gen. 2:9)
8. Notice one more thing about Eden, it was a place of abundant JOY.
9. Notice what the Bible says in Isa. 51:3, “For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein,” (Isa. 51:3)

C. What kind of place was the garden of Eden?
1. A place of abundant WATER.
2. A place of abundant FOOD.
3. A place of abundant LIFE.
4. A place of abundant JOY.

D. But someone asks, “Wait a minute preacher! This sure doesn’t describe the world in which we live today. Clearly, man is no longer living in the garden of Eden! What happened?”
1. We are jumping ahead in our study just a little bit, however, Genesis 3 gives us the answer to your question.
2. Here’s what happened, Adam and Eve sinned against God, about because of their sin, God drove them out of the garden.
3. Notice what the Bible says in Gen. 3:23-24, “Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” (Gen. 3:23-24)
4. (Illus.- I heard a story once about an elderly man who somehow found himself in the midst of a Women’s Liberation Convention. The main speaker was behind the podium ranting and raving about the importance of women when she asked the following question, “Where would mankind be today if it were not for women?” Well, the elderly gentleman just could not constrain himself, and so he stood up and after interrupting the speaker, said, “I’ll tell you were we would be, sister, we would still be in the garden of Eden!”)
5. Now, of course, that’s not the whole truth.
6. However, if Adam and Eve had not sinned, life would be VERY different today!

E. But I have good news for you.
1. Even though we will never have the privilege of living in the garden of Eden, God is preparing a place for us that will resemble Eden.
2. Of course, I’m talking about the NEW JERUSALEM.
3. The psalmist made reference to the New Jerusalem in Psa. 46:4-5, “There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved:” (Psa. 46:4-5)
4. The apostle John gives us a very detailed description of the New Jerusalem in the last two chapters of Revelation.
5. Notice Rev. 22:1-2, “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month:” (Rev. 22:1-2)
6. Kind of sounds like the garden of Eden, doesn’t it?

F. While the New Jerusalem will resemble Eden in many ways, it will actually exceed Eden in it’s attractiveness.
1. Why do I say that?
2. I say that because of what Rev. 22:3 tells us about the New Jerusalem, it says, “And there shall be no more curse:” (Rev. 22:3)
3. While sin wrecked man’s fellowship with God in the garden of Eden, we are told that NO sin will EVER enter the New Jerusalem.
4. Rev. 21:27 says, “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie:” (Rev. 21:27)

G. And so, God gave Adam a place where he could live abundantly.
1. But that’s not all!
2. God also gave Adam a…

II. Job That He Could Do Purposely.

A. Notice again Vrs. 15 of our text, “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” (Gen. 2:15)
1. What was Adam’s job in the garden?
2. His job was to “dress” and “keep” the garden.
3. In other words, Adam was a GARDENER.
4. While this was clearly before the “curse” and there were NO weeds nor pests to worry about, the ground still needed to be tilled and the trees pruned.
5. And so, God gave this job to Adam.

B. Now there is a lesson to be learned here.
1. Even in a perfect environment, man still needed a job to do. Having a job gives him PURPOSE and adds real VALUE to his life. It gives him a reason to get up in the morning.
2. (Illus.- This is why men sometimes become severely depressed when they suddenly lose their jobs and find themselves out of work. And it’s not just the financial ramifications of being out of work, although that can be a contributor. More than the financial ramifications, is the fact that God created man with a need to work. If man does not work, man is not happy!)

C. (Illus.- This is one reason why our country is so messed up today. Our government has so many programs in place that actually discourage men from working. A good example of this is what I sometimes refer to as “perpetual unemployment,” where the government actually pays men not to work by continually extending unemployment benefits. They justify this by saying that they are merely being compassionate, however, they are HURTING far more than they are HELPING. A man needs to work, and if he is not working, he is not happy!)

D. (Illus.- I can illustrate it like this. You know how, when you are getting ready to go on vacation, you can hardly wait for the time to arrive? You are SO looking forward to having a few days during which you can just lay around and do nothing! We’ve all been there. However, if you are like most people, toward the end of your vacation you are begin tiring of doing nothing and actually find yourself looking forward to going back to work!)

E. (Illus.- There is an old episode of “Andy Griffeth” where the town clerk, Howard Sprague, grew tired of his daily grind, and decided to retire early and move to an island somewhere in the Caribbean. The idea of just lying in a hammock on the beach every day really appealed to him, at least at first. However, after only a few days of doing nothing, he realized that he was much happier when he was working and decided to return to Mayberry and got his old job back.)

F. Now I am not saying that a man should never retire.
1. I just saying that if you do retire, don’t stop working.
2. Find something to do, something meaningful, something rewarding, something that can continue to give purpose and add value to your life.
3. (Illus.- I’m sure the day will come when I will retire from being a senior pastor, but that doesn’t mean that I will retire from ministry altogether. I’ll just find something else to do that is not quite as demanding as being a senior pastor.)

G. And so, God gave Adam a job that he could do purposely. Notice, finally, that God gave Adam a…

III. Choice That He Could Make Voluntarily.

A. When God placed Adam in the garden, he told him that he could eat of every tree EXCEPT one.
1. Notice again Vrs. 16-17 of our text, “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it:” (Gen. 2:16-17)
2. God went on to say that if He did eat of the forbidden tree, He would DIE.
3. Notice again Vrs. 17, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Gen. 2:17)
4. And so, Adam had a choice to make.
5. He could not eat of the forbidden tree and LIVE.
6. Or He could eat of the forbidden tree and DIE.
7. The choice was his.

B. Someone asked me once, “Do you believe in the sovereignty of God, or do you believe in the free will of man?”
1. The fact is, I believe in BOTH.
2. I believe in the sovereignty of God (God does whatever he wills), but I also believe in the free will of man (God allows man to make some choices for himself).
3. For example, God allows man to choose for himself whether or not to be SAVED.
4. It is clear from the Scriptures that God desires every man come to Him and be saved.
5. The Bible says in 2 Tim. 2:3-4, “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Tim. 2:3-4)
6. The apostle Peter put it like this in 2 Pet. 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Pet. 3:9)
7. And so, clearly, God desires that every man come to Him and be saved.
8. However, God allows man to make that choice.

C. God also allows man to choose for himself whether or not to serve Him.
1. Do you remember what Joshua said to the children of Israel toward the end of his life?
2. He said, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve;” (Josh. 24:15)
3. What choice did Joshua make?
4. He went on to say this, “…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Josh. 24:15)
5. And so, God not allows us to choose for ourselves whether or not to be saved, He also allows us to choose whether or not to serve Him.
6. And so, God allows us to make some choices for ourselves.

D. Now there is something we must not forget.
1. Along with the freedom of choice comes responsibility.
2. In other words, we must be fully willing to accept whatever consequences follow the choices that we make in life.
3. (Illus.- For example, if you die and find yourself in hell one day, you won’t have anyone to blame but yourself. You will be there because YOU chose to reject Christ as your Savior!)
4. (Illus.- Another example. If you waste your life away as a Christian and come away from the Judgment Seat of Christ without any rewards, you won’t have anyone to blame but yourself. You will come away empty handed because YOU chose to reject God’s plan for your life and do your own thing!)

E. I know that I am speaking to some teenagers this morning who can’t wait to get out from under their parent’s authority so they can make their own decisions and their own choices.
1. Now that’s all fine and dandy, but don’t forget that along with that FREEDOM comes RESPONSIBILITY.
2. And don’t come running back to mom and dad boo- hooing because you made a bad choice and now you are suffering the consequences.
3. It’s not like when you were young and mom could kiss your boo-boo, put a band aid on it, and make it all better.
4. As adults, we all have to live with the consequences of our choices.

Conclusion:

A. What else happened on the day that God created man?
1. God gave him a PLACE WHERE HE COULD LIVE ABUNDANTLY.
2. God gave him a JOB THAT HE COULD DO PURPOSELY.
3. God gave him a CHOICE THAT HE COULD MAKE VOLUNTARILY.

B. May I ask you a personal question?
1. How have you handled life’s two most important choices?
2. Have you chosen to receive Christ as your Savior, or reject Him. (Remember, you will live with the consequences of your choice.)
3. If you are saved, have you chosen to serve God with your life or just do your own thing? (Again, remember, you will live with the consequences of your choice.)
4. If you have the wrong choices, it’s not too late to be saved and to dedicate your life to God.

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