N4 p5 to Ge. 1.28. (A dispensation is a period of time during which man is tested in respect of obedience to some specific revelation of the will of God. Seven such dispensations are distinguished in Scripture. Cmt. on Ge 1:28, note 5.)
N2 p10 to Ge. 3.23. The Second Dispensation: Conscience. By disobedience man came to a personal and experimental knowledge of good and evil—of good as obedience, of evil as disobedience to the known will of God. Through that knowledge conscience awoke. Expelled from Eden and placed under the second, or Adamic Covenant, man was responsible to do all known good, to abstain from all known evil, and to approach God through sacrivice. The result of this second testing of man is stated in Gen. 6.5, and the dispensation ended in the judgment of the Flood. Apparently ‘the east of the garden’ (v. 24), where were the cherubims and the flame, remained the place of worship through this second dispensation.
See, for the other dispensations: Innocence (Gen. 1.28); Human Government (Gen. 8.20); Promise (Gen. 12.1); Law (Ex. 19.8); Grace (John 1.17); Kingdom (Eph. 1.10).