Summary: By providing for Adam in the Garden, God showed that He is concerned about our needs and He will still meet them today.
1. God provides a place (2:8, 10-14)
2. God provides a promise (2:9, 16-17)
3. God provides a purpose (2:15, 19-20)
4. God provides a partner (2:18, 21-25)
We’re looking at a fairly long passage tonight, and you’ll notice that the last part covers God’s creation of Eve. There are about a million different ways I can get in trouble with this passage, but I’m not going to. Instead, I will tell you of the two views available to us—the man’s view and the woman’s view. The woman’s view of creation is: God made the man, looked at him and said, “I can do better than that.” And He made the woman. The man’s view is: God made all the animals and man and then He rested. And then He created woman. And nobody has rested since. I will let you judge between the two.
As I studied this passage, I had one of those moments. It was one of those light bulb moments when you notice something in a passage that you’ve never noticed before. I noticed that the structure of this passage is very unique. It’s very unique in that one verse introduces, not the section it’s immediately in front of. It introduces the following section. Now, I don’t know why that is. If anybody figures it out, let me know. I’ll keep studying it and if I find out, I’ll let you know. Anyway, that structure will reflect in the way we read the passages tonight. We’ll read the introduction and then the passage it introduces. All kidding aside about the two views of creation, two views of about God are evident in the world today. There is one view that says, if there is a God, He doesn’t care much about me. He doesn’t care about what goes on in the world today. The Bible makes it very clear that the creation around us is sufficient evidence that there is a God. Creation is evidence there is a creator. The ones who deny God have to purpose in their heart to deny Him. They have to close their eyes and close their minds. They have to force their will to deny the obvious. But even if they open their eyes a little bit and acknowledge the possibility of God, they will say He created and that’s it. They will go so far as to say there might have been an intelligent designer of the universe, but that’s as far as they’ll go. It’s the old picture of God as an impersonal clock maker. Years ago, He made the universe like a clock. Then He wound it up and left town. They say He doesn’t have anything to do with us today. He’s not involved. That’s one extreme. The other extreme rightly says that God is involved. But they go off the deep end in how they say He’s involved. Instead of being an impersonal clock maker, He’s your own personal Santa Claus. They think the only reason God is there is to provide for their every wish and desire. Prayer is like an Aladdin’s lamp. If you rub it the right way, out pops God ready to grant your wishes. Well, the truth is obviously between the two extremes. God is not Santa Claus. But neither is He distant and removed from His creation. He provides for His creation. To be more specific, He provided His creation for His crowning creation. By providing for Adam in the Garden, God showed that He is concerned about our needs. He is concerned enough about our needs that He gave us everything. And by giving us everything, we can be sure that God still will meet our needs today. Tonight, I want each of us to be thankful for what God has provided us and praise Him because of it. In order to do that, we’re going to look at four need-meeting provisions of God. The first need-meeting provision of God is that He provides a place. Look with me in verse 8, then skip down to 10-14.