Wednesday 17th June 2020 Devotion
Scripture:- Genesis 1
Topic:- Five Interesting Things About The First Garden
Text:- Genesis 2:8-9
The garden of Eden has fascinated people since the very beginning and when we say “beginning” we mean that literally the garden is mentioned for the first time in the beginning of Genesis, the very first book of the Bible and became the home of the very first couple, Adam and Eve, here are 5 interesting things about the first garden that you may not have considered before:
1 The Garden of Eden was God’s garden, planted by God himself:
At first glance, you might think that, truly God created everything and everything belongs to Him but that doesn’t make it any less amazing, the way the Bible describe the origians of the Garden makes it even more fascinating.
Pay attention to two verbs used repeatedly throughout the first chapter of Genesis. God created the heaven and the earth, makes the sky create fish, makes wild animals and create mankind by he doesn’t use either of the verb’s when he comes to the garden when it comes to the garden he plants, now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east,in Edam.
God made all kinds of tree grow out of the ground, tree’s that were pleasing to the eye and good for food, in the middle of the garden where the tree of life of knowledge of good and evil. See Genesis 2:8,9.
He not only planted this garden,he refers to it in a very personal way, in multiple places God word refers to the garden of Eden as the garden of God. See Isaiah 51:3, brings entirely different imagery to mind, doesn’t it ?
Am not saying God wore a floppy Stew hat or had dirt under his nails,we are just saying that the picture the Bible point is of God very hands on involvement implanting a garden he calls his very own, the garden was indeed a very special place.
- Taking Animals might have been a thing:
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God Made. He said to the women, did God really say you might not eat from any trees in the garden! The Bible tells us that Eve answered the question and went on to have a brief conversation with the serpent eventually succumbing to the serpent Willy ways and eating of the forbidden fruit.
Perhaps the author of Genesis skipped over the part where eve threw up her hands in surprised and Exclaimed ” how are you talking to me?
None of the other animals can talk, maybe Eve was so new to the garden that she had yet to realise none of the other animals could talk or perhaps talking animals were not all that unusual, it really something to think about.
- Whatever tempted Eve did not look like a snake as we think of them today:
In Genesis 3:4 God said to the serpent “because you have done this, caused are you above all livestock and all wild animals you will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.”
But if the serpent begin life in his belly after eve ate the forbidden fruit,it makes sense that it didn’t crawl on it belly before the fall , before the curse, did the serpent walk upright did it have legs or even wings? We will never know until we get to heaven but it seems safe to say that common perception of a legless serpent tempting Eve is wrong.
- Adam started off Bachelor in the garden:
We don’t care how popular the bachelor TV franchise is:
Nothing comes to the story of the very first bachelor who found love in an Exotic setting. God planted a special garden and brought Adam there after Adam had lived alone in the garden for a spell, god created Eve from one of Adams ribs and brought her to him, how long were Adam’s bachelor days in the Garden? The Bible doesn’t say but we know he was alone long enough to name all the animals and search in vain for a mate.
- Where was the Garden:
We may never know ( at least not in this life) many people have tried to pinpoint the location of the garden, the Bible actually gives pretty good descriptions of landmark around the garden of Eden.
A river watering the garden flowed from Eden from there it was seperated into four headwaters, some people say the land marks named in Genesis mean nothing to us today.
Since the catastrophic flood in Noah’s day destroyed and rearranged the face of the Earth,no one can say for sure where the garden was located or if it remains today and when we consider the whole “sword bearing Cherubim”things it probably safe to say that at least for now that the way god want it.
So what do you think? Hope you have learn something new? Have you ever wondered why Eve wasn’t surprised to hear the serpent talk? What do you think about the idea that God “planted” the garden of Eden and calls it his own? Had you ever thought of Adam as the first bachelor to find love in an Exotic setting.
Prayer Point:- Oh Lord God, give me more understanding into Your Word henceforth by fire, in the name of Jesus Christ.