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"When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?" (Psalm 8:3-4)?

Genesis 2:7-9, 2:15-25 Questions for Group Leaders




Verse 7


1. What was the physical dimension of man made of?
2. As a result, what is man's body associated with?
3. Does this have any significance for the relationship that should exist between man and his environment?
4. What was breathed into man?
5. Who breathed this into man?
6. Why do you think this was done?
7. As a result, what / who is the breath of life in man associated with?
8. Does this have any significance for the relationship that exists between man and God?
9. With the union of the material and the spiritual what does man become?
10. Which is the most important part of man his body or his spirit? Why?
11. What does this verse tell us about the relationship between God and man? In what way is it different from his relationship with all other aspects of creation?


Verse 8

2. Is man dependant on God? What should this teach us?
3. Who is it that takes the initiative, man or God?
4. What does this verse tell us about the plan of God for man?

Verse 9

1. This verse tells us "God made to grow" every tree. What does this tell us about how the creation develops after the initial steps of God "speaking" elements into existence? What has God set in motion?
2. Why were all trees suited to man? How were they meant to cater for the needs of man?
3. What two trees stand out from all the others?
4. Why do you think they were placed in the middle of the garden? Do you think this has any symbolic value?
5. Why tree "of life"?
6. Why do you think the other tree is called "tree of the knowledge of good and evil".
7. Did man at this stage not have knowledge of good and evil?


Verse 15

1. What was man meant to do in the garden of Eden? Was work a consequence of the "fall" or did it exist before that?
2. "Till and keep it", what does this tell us about the relationship between man and the environment? Does the earth belong to man or to God?


Verse 16

1. What was God's first commandment?
2. Was God's first commandment in his own interest or in the interest of man? Why do you think this is so?
3. In this verse was any limit put on man's freedom? Was there a wide choice of trees for man (v. 9)?
4. How many trees were at his disposal? Only two trees or more than two?


Verse 17

1. Is there any limit to the freedom of man in this verse? Is this limit in man's own interest or in God's?
2. Why do you think the tree of "knowledge and evil" was not in the interest of man at this moment in time? Did man have any knowledge of good? Did he have any knowledge of evil? Why / why not?
3. What is the result of evil?
4. Man was created in the spiritual image of God. What is death related to principally? The death of what?
5. Who establishes what is good and what is evil? God, man or circumstances? Why?
6. Is the prohibition in this verse justified or not?


Verse 18

1. What part of creation is God's greatest concern?
2. Why do you think this was so?
3. Did man deserve this in any way?
4. What was not good for man?
5. Why was man alone? Was he not in communion with God? What was lacking?
6. What aspect of God's character does this verse show?


Verse 19

1. What was God's first solution for man's loneliness?
2. He created "every" beast, "every" bird. What does the frequent repetition of "every" convey in these verses?
3. By allowing man to name all the animals what did God effectively give to man? What was to be the relationship between man and the rest of creation?
4. Was freedom of choice given to any other creature? Why not? What differentiates man from the animals. What characterises the relation of man to God?


Verse 20


1. What meaning does the naming of the animals have? What was the relation between man and the animals?
2. Why do you think man was still not complete? Did he not have the company of numerous animals? Was he not in communion with nature? With God?

Verse 21

1. The fact that woman was taken from a part of man is significant. Why?
2. What does the creation of woman for man reveal about the relation between God and his creation?
3. In all of God's actions involving man and creation who is it that takes the initiative?
4. What does all of this teach us concerning the relation between God and ourselves?

Verse 22


1. What does the creation of woman have in common with the creation of man and in what way does it differ?


Verse 23

1. What important truth does man assert when he says “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh"?
2. What is the essential relationship between man and woman?

Verse 24


1. What does the expression "at last" reveal of man's state of mind before the creation of his companion?
2. What relationship does this verse allude to?
3. What do the words "leaves" and "cleaves" reveal about relationship in marriage?


Verse 25

1. Why do you think that there was no sense of shame?
2. Does this change? (see Genesis 3:10)


Robert Walsh

 

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