Genesis 2:7-25, Genesis 3 (KJV)

 

7   And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.of the dust…: Heb. dust of the ground
8  And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
9 And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.Ethiopia: Heb. Cush
14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.toward…: or, eastward to Assyria
15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.the man: or, Adam
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:thou…: Heb. eating thou shalt eat
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.thou shalt surely…: Heb. dying thou shalt die
18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.meet…: Heb. as before him
19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.Adam: or, the man
20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.gave: Heb. called
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.made: Heb. builded
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.Woman: Heb. IshaMan: Heb. Ish
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Throughout the Bible, we see evidence of God’s authority over both humanity and nature.

However, many of us have trouble reconciling God’s sovereign control with the existence of evil.

Let’s look at what Scripture tells us.

In the beginning, God created a perfect world, after which He declared that all He had made was good (Gen. 1:31).

Wickedness was not part of what He’d fashioned.

In the heavens, however, an angel known as Satan sought to elevate himself above God and was cast down to earth (Isa. 14:12-14).

God created Adam and Eve in His image. They were made with the capacity to love their Creator and the ability to choose to obey or disobey Him. God had no desire for Adam and Eve to sin (James 1:13), but He allowed their will to be tested.

We know the rest of the story. When they disobeyed God, sin entered our world and corrupted mankind. As Adam and Eve’s descendants, we inherited a sinful nature (Rom. 5:12).

The Lord’s permissive will allowed events to unfold as they have.

God did not create evil, but He has permitted it to exist and uses it to accomplish His good purposes (Isa. 45:6-7).

When you have questions or doubts about the Lord’s sovereignty, start with what you do understand, study what God has revealed about Himself and His ways, and ask the Holy Spirit to help you believe.

A few answers to your questions will come quickly, while some will require diligent study and spiritual maturity.

As for the answers to other questions, which God has chosen to keep hidden, we are to walk by faith (Deut. 29:29).

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