God Establishes His Garden!

 

Gods garden

 

Adonai, God, planted a garden toward the east, in ‘Eden, and there he put the person whom he had formed. Out of the ground Adonai, God, caused to grow every tree pleasing in appearance and good for food, including the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
 
A river went out of ‘Eden to water the garden, and from there it divided into four streams. The name of the first is Pishon; it winds throughout the land of Havilah, where there is gold. The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx stone are also found there. The name of the second river is Gichon; it winds throughout the land of Kush. The name of the third river is Tigris; it is the one that flows toward the east of Ashur. The fourth river is the Euphrates.
 
Adonai, God, took the person and put him in the garden of ‘Eden to cultivate and care for it.
 

Genesis 2:8-15 (CJB)

 

A garden describes a real place, not an allegorical image. Eastward in Eden indicates that the area of Eden lay east of present-day Israel, somewhere in Mesopotamia or Arabiz.

 

When human body meets divine spirit, soul is born. Divine breath and sculpted earth come together to make up the living soul. For thousands of years, philosophers and theologians have posed the question: what is a human being? Here God gives the answer.

 

 Adonai, God, planted a garden toward the east, in ‘Eden, and there he put the person whom he had formed.
 

Genesis 2:8 (CJB)

 

 

Adam The Tenant In God’s Garden

 
God planted His garden “eastward in Eden”. “Eden” means either “delight” or “place of much water” and suggests that this garden was a paradise from the hand of God. Bible history begins with a beautiful garden in which man sinned, but the story ends with a glorious “garden city” (Rev. 21-22) in which there will be no sin.

 

Some translations and commentators say the Lord HAD planted a garden. That implies this was already done, and the Lord simply put Adam in the garden that was already planted, possibly on the third day of creation. But the wording of this verse could mean that after creation, the Lord planted the Garden of Eden. That implies that it possibly took years for that garden to grow to maturity. This could be an indication that Adam existed for years in his innocence before he sinned.

 

Out of the ground Adonai, God, caused to grow every tree pleasing in appearance and good for food, including the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

 

Genesis 2:9 (CJB)

 

This implies that the Lord planted this Garden, just as stated in Genesis 2:8, and the trees grew to maturity, denoting time. If these trees were planted from seeds and grew to maturity before the Lord put Adam there, then the separation of Eve from Adam came after this, or years after Adam’s creation.

 

Notice that the Lord not only planted trees for food or necessity; He also planted trees that were pleasant to the sight. This reveals that the Lord is not only interested in just supplying our basic needs, but He also is concerned about us enjoying ourselves and what He has created for us. I know that God’s layout of this Garden put all the attempts of man to create gardens to shame. This was beautiful and done for our pleasure and His.

 

The Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil were not just symbolic names. These trees actually produced what their names stated. When Adam and Eve ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, their eyes were opened and they knew good and evil. Therefore, the Lord drove them out of the Garden of Eden so they would not eat of the Tree of Life and thereby life forever in their fallen state.

 

Once evil entered into the human race, it was actually a blessing that all people die. Death and the fear of death are tremendous deterrents to evil. And for those who have received the Lord’s salvation, there is something better awaiting them in the next life.

 

The Hebrew word “TAVEK,” which was translated “midst” in this verse, the “center” (Strong’s Concordance).

 

The significance of this is that this tree was not hidden in some corner, out of the way. It was right in the center of the Garden where the law of odds would say they had to have gone by this tree more than most. Yet, Adam and Eve had never paid attention to it before (Genesis 3:6). This says a lot about how God conscious they were before they partook of this tree.

 

The Living Bible says this was the Tree of Conscience. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is certainly descriptive of what a conscience does. This could be where man acquired the conscience. There wouldn’t have been a need for one before man sinned.

 

Adonai, God, took the person and put him in the garden of ‘Eden to cultivate and care for it.
 

Genesis 2:15 (CJB)

 

God gave sinless man something to do. God made us for work. It’s part of what makes us happy. Prolonged idleness is not what God made us for.

 

It appears to me that Adam existed for years before he was put into the Garden. If the Lord formed Adam and then planted a garden and let it grow naturally, it would have taken years for the fruit trees to bear fruit to satisfy Adam’s hunger.

 

But what about Genesis 1:27, which speaks of God creating Adam and Eve on the sixth day?

 

I believe God created Adam with Eve inside him on the sixth day. But this Genesis 2 account happened later. Notice that this verse says God took Adam (no mention of Eve) and put him into the Garden. Then, after Adam had been in the Garden for an undisclosed amount of time, God took Eve out of Adam and made them two separate people.

 

References
Bible Exposition Commentary – Be Basic
Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary

 

 

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2 comments

  1. Joanne Boechler says:

    Great article! The picture of the garden is breathtaking. I also love that you use the VOICE translation, as it brings the story to life. I look forward to seeing the garden in person and plan on taking many long walks through it someday, arm in arm with Jesus!

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