Genesis 2:8-9 There were two very unique trees planted in the middle of the Garden of Eden. (Verse 7) The first is the tree of life and the second is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The name of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil implies that evil had already occurred on earth, possibly with the fall of Lucifer and his angels.
Some Bible scholars suggest Adam and Eve ate of the tree of life daily, and that’s the reason they may have lived for a long time. This tree of life later appears in Revelation 22:2
Genesis 2:10-14 The great river Tigris is also mentioned in Daniel 10:4.
Man was put into the Garden of Eden to dress it and keep it. (Verse 15) That was man’s first job. He was to keep, guard and protect the garden from all intruders.
God taught Adam the difference between right and wrong, setting the boundary. God said you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God established the first and only law.
Why did God put a tree in Adam’s reach and then tell him he couldn’t eat of it?
Why did God put the tree in the garden and then tell Adam not to eat from it? God created Adam with a free will. Adam could chose to either eat or not eat of the tree. Without the choice Adam would have become a prisoner and his obedience would not have been genuine. By obeying God and not eating of the fruit, his obedience was sincere. The tree was given to show for all time that man was given a free will. He can chose to obey God or not.
Genesis 2:18 The word helpmate means a suitable companion or a counterpart, who was Adam’s equal physically, morally and intellectually.
God gave the first man Adam the job of naming all of the animals. There were probably thousands of different animals and their different species. After Adam saw all the animals and named them, it was apparent that he needed his own partner, a human companion.
“There was no suitable helper for the man.” (Verse 20) The Lord said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Verse 18)
God did not make Eve from the ground as He had made Adam. God made her from Adam’s flesh and bone. Some Bible commentators suggest maybe God used Adam’s flesh to make the female softer, a gentler version of man. It also illustrates that in marriage a man and woman symbolically become one flesh.
It is suggested that woman was not taken out of man’s head to be lorded over by the man, nor from his feet to be trampled on by the man but from his side to be an equal with the man, from under his arm to be protected by him and from near his heart to be loved by him.
The word woman comes from the Hebrew word “Ish shah” which means a “she man or a female man” or more accurately a “man with a womb – Womb-Man.”
God created the woman to be a companion and helpmate to the man for their mutual happiness as a couple together.
Hebrew scholars suggest Adam enthusiastically, lovingly, tenderly and with great thanksgiving welcomed Eve. For he said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman for she was taken out of man.” (Verse 23) This proclamation by Adam was one of joyous astonishment and pleasure. Some translations say, “At last I have someone who is my true companion. This is a partner to share my life and work and hopes and dreams. This is someone to take away my loneliness and be as dear to me as my own flesh. She is perfect for me.”
The Bible clearly teaches there was equality between man and woman, the first husband and wife. “In the image of God, male and female, God created them. God blessed them. Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground (Genesis1:27-28)
Genesis 2:24-25 Adam and Eve were different physically in order to complement and complete each other.
The Hebrew word for helper is the same word used in Psalm 46:1 when it describes God as being our strength, and ever present helper.
The first man and woman were emotionally, psychologically and physically committed to each other. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife.” (Verse 24)