In part one we saw that God set all things into motion at the time of creation and on the seventh day He rested
And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. (Genesis 2:2)
In chapter two of Genesis we see in great detail what God had created on the sixth day specifically those things pertaining to man. First we see that God formed man of the dust of the ground, but it wasn't until God breathed His Spirit into man that man became a new creation, he was made alive in God. We also see that God had created the earth, water and vegetation which means that the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil were present before man was created. We also see that God chose a specific place called Eden where He place man and gave man specific direction. In those directions God gave Adam authority over all things on the earth. Basically from God's perspective, if anything on earth got out of line Adam did not have to ask God to deal with it, but he had the power to put it back in line. ALL things were subject to Adam. The only one that had more authority than Adam was God Himself.
For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. Youu have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, even the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas. (Psalm 8:5-8) In the Hebrew, it states that God had made man a little lower than Himself. This is very signicant to the believer today when we begin to look at what redemption truly means through Jesus Christ.
Next we see that God gave Adam one command that required his obedience...
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." (Genesis 2:16-17) And finally we see that God made Adam a companion whom he called woman. Keep in mind that the creation of man, God's directives to man and His placement of man in Eden had all taken place on the sixth day of creation. At the end of the sixth day of creation, everything was set in motion by God. Believers must understand this if they are to truly understand that that bad things do not come from God.
For many who read this series your faith will be tried because you have been trained to believe that God does do bad things to people to either punish them or for some mysterious divine purpose. Liberal theology like this has caused doubt to fill the hearts and minds of far to many believers which has resulted in many who are weak, sick and have died prematurely.
In the next part of this series we will begin to discover the orgin of where bad things that happen have their roots.