Genesis 2 – January 2

Happy New Year! And happy new habit if you’re joining us for the first time! Welcome to our online study in Genesis. We’ll be doing a chapter a day for the next 50 days. Read today’s scripture, journal on it using SOAP, then please share as we encourage one another in this one thing. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions. Let’s get started!

Genesis 2

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
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.

Adam and Eve

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.
Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. 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.
Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
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. 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. 21 So 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 and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
    for she was taken out of man.”
24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

Rest | Rebecca Hoyt

Genesis 2:1-2


This is my first time reading in my new study Bible for women NKJV edition, and I love it! Today I’m reading about God’s creation while on a family trip to Colorado. Looking at the breathtaking scenery of the beautiful mountains while in a cabin is amazing. After a busy couple of months and family health issues, it is so nice to relax (as much as you can with kids 🙂 seeing God’s creation and resting, in verse 2 talks about the importance of taking a break and resting. Of course, God did not need to rest, but He’s showing us that we need to not be busy all the time and take time each week to rest. And take time to be still with God everyday.


As we were driving and seeing Pike’s Peak and all the other beautiful scenery, then coming into a town and having telephone lines and billboards and buildings block some of the beautiful views, I asked the kids to think about what creation looked like before all the man-made stuff got put up. That made me think about how God is still there even if a lot of things in our lives get in front of Him and block our view of Him; He is still there more beautiful than ever, waiting for us to get the stuff out of our way of seeing Him.


Dear God, thank You for Your Son. Thank You for celebrating with and getting to be with a lot of family. Thank You for a vacation and getting to see some of your beautiful creation. Thank You that as I see a lot of snow I am so thankful that You forgive all of my junk and that I’m made clean, white as snow. Also as I read about creation, I am so thankful for all of the animals You created that my children love to see, from the 20-30 farm cats and dogs and brand new puppies to all of the cows, llamas, and horses we saw driving here.  Amen.

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  1. So happy for you and your family to get a vacation, Rebecca! And so jealous that it was in Colorado–note to self, Monday’s reading talks about the downward spiral of the sin of jealousy.


  2. I’m liking meditating on verse 15 today, and pretty much everyday because it’s a life-long pursuit for me. God created this place where everything is good, everything is to His liking, and our role in His creation is to work it and take care of it. In the Garden of Eden with just two guys running around, what that means seems pretty simple. But today, with over 7 billion of us running amok in God’s creation, what does “work it and take care of it” look like? How can we do this job today as God intended us to when He created this place? God has taught me over the years that “take care of it” applies to all of His creation, not just the cause of the week; it includes the humans He created too, and sometimes that gets difficult to draw the line as we’re all vying for the same resources to live. But He’s also teaching me that it’s not just my job as an Environmental Scientist along with the farmers and my fellow tree-huggers to work it and take care of it. It’s a job He gave all of us as humans in His creation. He designed us differently, with different passions and talents, but His over-arching job for us is the same. “Take care of it” includes everything from not throwing that gum wrapper out the window to raising my kids in a healthy environment to caring for the poor, the widows, the orphans, and preaching the Good News to care for the souls God created too. All of these things glorify the One Who created it all!

    I love God’s creation! It is so easy for me to see Him in it, everywhere, except I’m not a fan of Nebraska winter. In fact, during Nebraska winter I probably say that I want to move to Costa Rica at least once a day. This last week, I made a point to not let my dread of Nebraska winter keep me and my family from enjoying God’s creation. We bundled up in our long johns four times this week and went hiking, watched a holiday light show and ate ice cream, went to the zoo, and went sledding and ice skating. We actually had fun despite the bitter cold, and I didn’t even get frost bite, and my kiddos didn’t even whine too much. He created ALL of it, and ALL of it is good. Open my eyes, Lord, to see that ALL of Your creation is good!


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