|Genesis 2 |
1 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.
2 And on the seventh day God ended the work that he had done; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had made.
3 And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it because on it he had rested from all his work that he had created and made. [From the Word of the Lord within: "The Sabbath was established on the seventh day for when God entered His rest." The Jewish Sabbath is a mere shadow compared to the fullness of the Christian rest, when a man possesses Christ the substance to rule his thoughts, words, and actions — plus to supply a man with energy to do all the commanded works.]
4 This is the history of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
5 Before any plant of the field was in the earth, and before any herb of the field had grown, for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground,
6 But a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.
7 Then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.
8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there he put the man whom he had formed.
9 And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it parted and became four riverheads.
11 The name of the first is Pison; it flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold.
12 The gold of that land is good; pearls and onyx stone are also there.
13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it flows around the whole land of Ethiopia.
14 The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it flows toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
15 And the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to tend it and to keep it.
16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "You may freely eat of every tree of the garden;
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat; for on the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."1 [ Adam and Eve did die to the Life of God, not to the life that we know. The life we have in this physical world of earth, to where and what Adam and Eve were banished, is a death; we are dead to the life of God and thereby cursed, but without knowing how much better the life of God is, we cannot fully see our sad state.]
18 Then the LORD God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make a helpmate [a suitable helper] for him."
19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them; and whatever Adam called every living creature, that was the name of it.
20 And Adam gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the air and to every beast of the field; but a helpmate was not found for Adam.
21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and while he slept, he took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh.
22 And the from rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, he made he a woman, and brought her to the man.
23 And Adam said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'Woman,' because she was taken out of Man.'"
24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
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1 Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat; for on the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. There is a lot of chatter on the Internet saying that since Adam and Eve did not die, God lied. But Adam and Eve did die to the superior Life of God, not to the life that we know. The Life of God was to be in fellowship with, in the presence of, in the heavenly light, in paradise, energized by God, directed by God; they lost it all. The earth to which Adam and Eve were banished, is the dimension of earth in which we live: the cursed, lower dimension of earth that shares the same physical space as paradise's higher dimension, (parallel dimensions). Our existence on this cursed earth is a death; we are dead. Now all people are dark, as they are in Adam in the transgression, and dead from that image, righteousness, and holiness, in which man was first was made. In this physical dimension, man is as different from God as a rat is different from man. We lost the spiritual image of God, which was usurped by the spiritual image of Satan. This Life in God that Adam and Eve lost is what Jesus came to restore to those who could believe in the true gospel, offering to become pure and free from all sin, offering union with God, offering to be translated into paradise, offering to partake in the divine nature, offering to be renewed in the image of God of righteousness and holiness. But Christendom has lost sight of that true gospel and created a false salvation that leaves man dead in his sins. See John 14 and John 17 for more on the true gospel.
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