2:7 the LORD [designates the personal name of God; designation most frequently used in Scriptures; when printed in upper case letters indicates that it is translation of Heb. word often written in English as Yahweh] God formed [to fashion or shape something already created (in this case the dust of the ground); God created the human last (last creative act on sixth day)] the man [Heb. ’adam] from the dust [denotes loose earth; cf. 2:19 re: creation of animals] of the ground [Heb. adamah] and breathed [this not the case in creation of animals; expresses face-to-face intimacy; signified act of giving; Adam alone received breath of God breathed personally into his nostrils] into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being [humanity alone created in God’s image].
Note: Because human life comes from God, how should I value my life? How should I value others’ lives? Do you think God cares what you do with the person He created you to be and the body He gave you?
2:8 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east [likely in the area of ancient Babylon (modern Iraq)], in Eden [Heb. word closely related to term meaning “delight” or “luxury”]; and there [the place prepared by God] he put the man he had formed.
2:9 And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye [some trees gave aesthetic beauty to garden] and good for food [some trees provided nourishment to sustain life]. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree [eating fruit from this tree resulted in continuation of life] of the knowledge of good and evil [this tree alone was forbidden to human beings; presence of this tree gave humanity moral accountability].
2:15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to [notice that human existence had a purpose; part of God’s purpose for humanity involved work] work it [Eden was not a place for idleness] and take care of it [involved various agricultural activities necessary to make garden productive].
Note: What work has God given you to do?
2:16 [enjoy freedom given by God] And the LORD God commanded [first use of this word in the Bible] the man, “You are free [gracious offer] to eat from any [generous provision of good things for the well-being of His creation] tree in the garden;
Note: God is good and offered the best to His creation. God also made His creation free to obey Him or disobey Him.
2:17 [obey limitations placed by God] but [signals one exception] you must not [strong prohibition; two principles behind every negative command: protection and provision; prohibition gave opportunity to demonstrate obedience and devotion to God] eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely [certainty] die [the process of death will begin in human life].”
Note: God warned His creation of the serious consequences of disobeying Him. People are responsible for their actions.
2:18 The LORD God said, “It is not good [first mention in Genesis of something not good] for the man to be alone [companionship is important]. I will make a helper [a helping counterpart; an indispensable partner; one who comes to the aid of another to help him fulfill a task he could not accomplish alone] suitable [corresponding to; literally “like his presence”] for him.”
2:19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man [God had delegated to humanity dominion over animal life (Gen. 1:28)] to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.
2:20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam [first time in NIV that the man is identified by his personal name] no suitable helper [face-to-face counterpart] was found.
2:21 So [God took steps to change a “not good” situation into a good situation] the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs [literally “side”] and closed up the place with flesh.
2:22 Then the LORD God made [from common verb meaning “to build”] a woman [the final work of His creation] from the rib he had taken out of [side; bone not taken from head to rule over or foot to trample under] the man, and He brought her to the man [signifies the first marriage].
2:23 The man [Heb. ish] said [Adam’s first recorded words; Adam recognized that Eve perfectly corresponded to him and was exactly what he needed], “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman [Heb. ishah],’ for she was taken out of man.”
Note: God created two genders to complement (and compliment) each other.
2:24 For this reason a man [and a woman] will leave [in order to give priority to his wife] his father and mother and be united [permanently glued or adhered; spiritually, emotionally, bodily] to his wife, and they will become one flesh [physical intimacy and more; God’s first command to the first couple was to have children (Gen. 1:28)].
2:25 The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame [prior to the entry of sin into the world].