At this time none of the human race were in being but our first parents. Not from the light of reason, for though intellect can know the eternal power of the Godhead Rom. Fools despise their own souls, by caring for their bodies before their souls. So many religious people of our day are confused about this one verse. Eden signifies delight and pleasure. Let them serve as food for you.
Rain also is the gift of God; it came not till the Lord God caused it. In verses 1 and 2, God is Elohim. It is good not to eat of this tree. The soul was not made of the earth, as the body: pity then that it should cleave to the earth, and mind earthly things. Total cessation from the struggles of life. Let us bless God for the gospel of Christ, and when we consider his almighty power, let us sinners flee from the wrath to come.
Nowhere in Genesis does the word include the birth of the individual of various people or events. You see if that statement had ended at life, man would be alive. Wherever it was, it had all desirable conveniences, without any inconvenience, though no other house or garden on earth ever was so. God forms man from dust and breathes life into him to make him a living soul. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
John 5:17 indicates the Father is always at work. At the when made earth and heaven 5 there was as yet no wild bush on the earth nor had any wild plant yet sprung up, for had not sent rain on the earth, nor was there any to till the soil. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. All boasting was thereby shut out. Remember Elohim is a plural word.
The Garden of Eden became the highest form of heaven on earth. It was only a part of Eden verses 10-14. By transgression he would forfeit his Maker's favour, and deserve his displeasure, with all its awful effects; so that he would become liable to pain, disease, and death. The earth did not bring forth its fruits of itself: this was done by Almighty power. Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710. The better we take up with plain things, and the less we seek things to gratify pride and luxury, the nearer we approach to innocency.
He that feeds his birds will not starve his babes. And the evening and the morning were the third day. But though he was lord of the creatures, yet nothing in this world was a help meet for man. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 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.
Adam could not have been happy if he had been idle: it is still God's law, He that will not work has no right to eat, 2Th 3:10. And the name of the third river is Hid'dekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. The Christian sabbath, which we observe, is a seventh day, and in it we celebrate the rest of God the Son, and the finishing the work of our redemption. I will make a helper suitable for him. And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
What did Jesus say about the Sabbath? Further notice is taken of plants and herbs, because they were made and appointed to be food for man. We must have Jesus as the very center of our lives. Nature is content with a little, and that which is most natural; grace with less; but lust craves every thing, and is content with nothing. Divine grace comes down like the dew, and waters the church without noise. Correct me if I'm wrong.