So we left off at the end of Genesis 1 having established that we were created in the image of a God that exists in community. In other words we were created for relationship. Relationship with one another, God, and the world.
And these relationships were very good. They weren’t perfect because, like all relationships, they were dynamic; constantly growing and evolving. And the world because of these relationships was very good. Again, not perfect – very good.
Finally, we saw that God’s action in the relationship was to bless; to actively love.
The second creation story in Genesis provides further insight into these relationships. Let’s start at 2:15 and move forward from there.
And the Lord took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and care for it.
Here our relationship with the earth is further defined. In Genesis 1 we saw that God gave us dominion over the earth. Here we see this dominion is not a statement of power or authority; rather a responsibility. Dominion was given because we are care takers.
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 knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”
Next we see that God’s relationship with us is like ours with the world. He is the Lord. From that position of power he cares for us and blesses us providing structure so that we might have the best life possible.
The Lord God said, “It s not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
The Hebrew word “helper” carries in it the idea of “partner.” Here our relationship with one another is further defined. We are to be helpers or partners to one another.
In summation, what was it like before we broke it?
We were in healthy growing relationships with God, one another, and the world. These relationships were about blessing one another. God blessed adn protected us. We helped (blessed) one another. And we blessed and cared for the world.
Now that we know what it should be, we can look at what it is – broken.