• Kemi Kodja

Bible Study: Genesis 2

This study was really insightful and I'm really excited to share what I've learned through it!

Genesis 2:2-3 "By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done."

Notes and Reflections:

  • This verse made me reflect on how busy I always am (with running a business, having a full time job, and being a full time graduate student), there never seems to be some down time to just relax. A couple of weeks ago, while on Spring Break from my classes, I finally had the experience of what a relaxed Sunday was and it was amazing. I watched a devotional online (because quarantine lol), had a virtual movie date with my friend, treated myself to an at home spa treatment, did some journaling. It was just overall a very relaxing day. That's something that I want to work more towards; being able to relax on Sunday from all my hard work and to honor the sabbath ordained by God when he made Sundays holy.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • I will give myself permission to take a break, permission to rest.

Genesis 2:7: "Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being."

Notes and Reflections:

  • I have heard the saying "God breathed life into me" in songs, in devotionals and I thought it was interesting to actually see where that saying comes from, from the moment God created man and brought us to life by literally breathing life into us.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • I will remember that my life is a gift and treat it as such because everyday that I wake up, I have been blessed with God's breath of life literally in me! What a blessing!

Genesis 2:19: "Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name."

Notes and Reflections:

  • I found it interesting that even though God created the animals, he didn't name them. He brought them to the man and whatever the man decided the animals' name would be, became their name. To me this speaks to the loving nature of God. He's not this tyrant, controlling God that He's portrayed as when we only focus on what He tells us not to do. When there's no harm involved, He gives us room to explore and make choices for ourselves. The only time He imposes what we should do is when He's looking out for us. And even then, He gave us the free will to decide for ourselves if we're going to follow his commandments or not.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • I will not over abuse of the freedom God gives me for exploration and remember to keep coming back to Him and being centered in Him.

  • I will think of God's commandments as lamps that light up my path - there to guide me and protect me, not to restrict me or control me.

Genesis 2:20: "So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam, no suitable helper was found."

Notes and Reflections:

  • This is the verse leading to the creation of the woman and the part that describes what is missing from Adam's life despite everything else he's surrounded by speaks to me on a few things.

  • The first one is that we're not meant to be alone. Even after he had everything, there still was a void in Adam's life that was only filled once Eve was created.

  • Also, when looking at the term used to describe what was missing from Adam's life - a suitable helper - it emphasizes to me that we should be looking for a partner in our mates - a partner who is suitable to us. The suitable part is subjective and that is where our long lists of what we're looking for come into play, but I think the main part to remember when making those lists or reflecting on this is: what does a suitable helper sent from God look like to you?

Day-Day Life Application:

  • I will reflect on what a suitable helper sent from God looks like for me.

  • I will also remember that although I love to hybernate and be with and by myself, I'm not meant to be alone.

Genesis 2:24: "That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh."

Notes and Reflections:

  • This is the famous verse that is often heard at weddings or when people are discussing marriage. I will probably revisit this verse in future blog posts where I discuss Godly relationships.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • When I get married, I will become one with my spouse - we'll be one team.

  • I don't have much to say about this verse yet, maybe because I'm not in a place to be able to relate yet, so...to be continued.

Have you read Genesis 2 too? Which verses stood out to you? Did you pick up on something I missed? Let me know!

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