God Loves Gardens
These are the generations of the heavens and of the
earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth
and the heavens, And every plant of the field before it was in the earth,
and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not
caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the
ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole
face of the ground. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground,
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living
soul. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he
put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God
to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the
tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of
good and evil. (Genesis 2:4-9).
1) God made man. He breathed the breath of life into his nostrils to make him a living soul (v. 7).
2) God planted a garden (v. 8). He caused trees and plants to grow.
3) God put man into the garden.
4) God gave explicit instructions to Adam.
(5) He was to till the ground.
He was to dress and keep the garden (15).
He was permitted to eat of anything in the garden butů
Under no circumstances was he to eat fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil ( 16-17).
So we see that there was both work and law before sin entered the world. Today we still have laws
that have nothing to do with sin. We drive on the right, to avoid conflict. There are also natural
laws that we do well to heed.
Up until this point the Lord saw everything which he had made, that it was good. Even the laws and the
work was good. When you ask someone about his or her hobby, the person often describes a pastime
that would be considered work for others. Some city dwellers spend their vacations on a farm and
delight in the work. The opposite is seldom true!
In Genesis 2:18, God said for the first time, that something was not good. He said that it was not
good that man should be alone. In verses 19-20, Adam named the animals but could find none that
would make him complete or be an appropriate accomplice or helper. Verses 21-25 tell about the
provision of Adam's helpmate. Eve was the first creature that was not formed from the ground.
All other creatures were spoken into existence, but God "formed" man from the dust and
breathed the breath of life into his nostrils. Creating Eve, however, was a major operation,
complete with full anesthesia!
Definition of "garden"
It is a specially cared for and protected plot of ground designed
for enjoyment and sustenance. It is fenced to keep rabbits and deer out or for the safety of
children. It is sometimes called "paradise."
Adam and Eve chose to believe Satan rather than God. As a result, they were driven out of the garden.
Genesis 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD GOD walking in the garden in the cool of the day
and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the
Genesis 3:23-24 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the
ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of
Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Genesis 13:10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well
watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD,
like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.
Deuteronomy11:10 For the land, whither
thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou
sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs?
Almost half of references to gardens in scriptures indicate a king's garden or palace garden.
(Esther, Ahab took Naboth's vineyard for his own).
Jesus chose a garden for prayer. He was betrayed in a garden, arrested in a garden, buried and
raised from the dead in a garden.
We too are God's garden or field (I Corinthians 3:6) One plants, another waters, but God gives growth.
God loves gardens and He also loves gardeners.
And he loves the Garden State! C. Austin Miles wrote the beloved hymn,"In the Garden," in Pitman,
Ralph V Harvey