Scripture: Genesis 1:1, 2:15-17; Psalm 90:2; John 1:1-4

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1, NIV)

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 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.”” (Genesis 2:15–17, NIV)

Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90:2, NIV)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” (John 1:1–4, NIV)

The story begins with God who has always been.  He is the only one who as always existed and is the same today as he has always been.

The story begins, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”  By his word everything that exists came into existence.  Through him, the universe was made, with galaxies, stars, planets and Earth.  On earth God created a special place, a garden, called Eden.  In Eden he placed the pinicale of his creative work, man and woman.  Adam and Eve were created in the image of God.

What was this new creation like?  Words come to mind, harmony, unity, intimacy, security, safety.  Go had created an environment where people could know each other and God fully.  Nothing was hidden.  Nothing was feared.  There was complete innocence.  Complete freedom.

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;

With only one step of obedience

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.”” (Genesis 2:15–17, NIV)

What do you think it was like in this new creation?
What do you think it means to be made in God’s image?