Chapter 2 gives us another account of Adam’s creation.
We can read of his unique creation from the dust of the earth in the hand of God and inbreathed by Him. Eve too was created uniquely, having been “built” (the Hebrew word) from Adam.
When God had made man(kind) He saw all that He had made and pronounced it as very good. Human beings, made in the image of God, were the pinnacle of His creative love.
The garden that Adam was tasked to steward for God was a rich source of provision and blessing for the man and his wife. There were numerous fruit trees in the garden including the tree of life in the centre of the garden. The river of life had it’s source in the garden and flowed out in four mighty rivers. Having made man God had provided for them liberally.
God told them:
“See, I have given you every herb… and every fruitful tree to eat of, Genesis 1:29”.
“The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat, for in the day you eat of it you shall surely die”. Genesis 2:16,17.
Now we come to a key point in the story.
It is important for us to notice and understand what God was showing them.
God was liberal in his generosity and provision to Adam and Eve. Not only were they commanded to eat of every tree and herb but they were told to eat of them liberally, bountifully, and gratefully.
There was one condition. They were not to eat of just one tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They were told that “in the day you eat of it you shall surely die”, Genesis 2:17.
In having this condition to meet, or command to fulfil, or instruction to obey, God was giving them a free choice. He had made them for Himself, and wanted them to choose to reciprocate His love, care and authority. It was a small ask against a background of such a relationship, creatures before their Creator, servants before their Sovereign and children before their Father.