Summary of passage: The Lord planted the garden of Eden where he placed the man He has formed. God made all kinds of plants for this garden that were pleasing to the eye and good to eat. In the middle were the tree of life and the tree of knowledge. A river watered the garden, two of which we know still exist today: the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.
God took the man and put him in the garden to work it and take care of it. He commanded the man to not eat of the tree of knowledge or man would die.
6) It has been known by many names: Mesopotamia (which is Greek for land between the two rivers), Assyria, Sumer, Babylonia, Persia. Both run through modern-day Turkey, Syria, and Iraq. The region was known as the “Fertile Crescent” because so many civilizations thrived there. It was also called the “Cradle of Civilization” since the civilization that developed there was the first on earth (namely, Adam and Eve).
7) A garden with all kinds of trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle were the tree of life and knowledge. A river watering the garden flowed from Eden that was separated into four headwaters. Animals and birds lived there.
8 ) He told them they could eat from any tree in the Garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If they did, they would die.
9a) Personal Question. My answer: As an American, everything is pleasant to be honest. I have all the basic needs and then some. I have a house, cars, a dog, my family, extra money to buy things I want, money for the kids’ activities, etc. I drink coffee in the morning. I have flowers on my kitchen table. I have a kitchen table.
Currently, there is nothing really “hard” in terms of living conditions in my life. Now, it hasn’t always been that way (those of you who’ve been here long enough remember the time I lived in a camper when my husband lost his job(s).) I enjoy where I live and my life. I am blessed.
b) Personal Question. My answer: Resisting my human nature. I fight against selfishness, loving others, caring for others, potty mouth, being ungrateful for my blessings, letting bitterness and anger consume me and influence my actions, submitting to authority, and being kind and compassionate to others. I got a ways to go to be more like Jesus.
Conclusions: Simple questions with a powerful reminder of how pleasant our life is and yet we sin anyways like Adam and Eve did. Adam and Eve led the dream life: talking and walking with God every day and having all their basic needs met without even thinking about it; yet they still thought they were missing something so they sinned. They thought there was something better out there and they wanted to “know” about it. Like most of us do.
Contentment with life is one of the hardest things to achieve. Partly because we as humans are driven to do better and be better. Which gets us into trouble. But also brings about some of the greatest inventions.
Great reminder to be content with where we are at in our journey as we continually strive to know Him.
Map that shows possible location of Garden of Eden with the 4 rivers: http://www.israel-a-history-of.com/old-testament-map.html