The Garden “in” Eden.
It must’ve been the most beautiful and serene place in the whole existence of humanity. It was what God intended for His people.
What does a garden symbolize?
Peace, serenity, safety, purity, friendship, joy, and life.
Eden is still here today:
Observe the description of the garden of Eden in Genesis 2:8-15 and 3:24. Note that the garden is “in” a region called Eden. Inside this region a “mist” would periodically rise from the earth and water the “whole ground” (2:6). The Hebrew word here for mist is not well defined; cognate usage suggests another translation–a spring bubbling up from the ground. Trace where the water goes: four rivers diverge from out of Eden with some names Noah and his sons apparently used to name our postdiluvian rivers and land areas. Rivers only diverge from mountainous areas. Eden must have been at high altitude (cf. Ezek. 28:13-14). And the source of water was not rain, but apparently a subterranean fountain (Gen. 2:5-6). This strange hydrologic cycle of artesian wells supplying the major river systems (rather than rain) appears again in the New Earth to come (Rev. 22:1-2). The Bible student can’t help recalling the imagery of eternal life as a “well of water springing up” (John 4:14). -Charlie Clough, Bible Framework, Lesson 19.
Eden is still here today, because God put the garden “in” Eden. Which is a pretty cool thought, when you think about it. The garden is gone now. Genesis 3 says:
“Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat , and live forever–“
Sin has brought the death of the garden.
Because of the Fall there is. . .
- strife instead of peace
- insanity instead of serenity
- danger instead of safety
- impurity instead of purity
- enemies instead of friendships
- sorrow instead of joy
- DEATH INSTEAD OF LIFE.
Ezekiel talks about us having hearts of stone apart from the work of God.
He also calls us whores & prostitutes because of the idolatry in our lives.
Jeremiah paints this picture of the depravity of God’s people as well:
“Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the LORD, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:12-13 ESV).
- Forsaken God
- Attempted to provide their own source of water (spiritually speaking).
Water satisfies, it quenches your thirst. Your longing to be rid of dryness and deadness.
Isn’t that our lives though, chasing this here and that there. Longing for more. Longing for completion or wholeness. Often those outlets for attempted completion come in drugs, alcohol, sex, video games, movies, a job, technology, social status, likes on FB, RT’s on Twitter, Stats on your blog, marriage, food, stuff, etc.
But there is only one God shaped hole in our heart. Something that the well of Eden satisfied for Adam and his wife, for a time. Notice in the Genesis text that a mist or spring came up from the ground. In Chapter 2:
When no bush of the field was yet land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up–for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist (footnote also supplies “spring”) was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground–then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:5-9 ESV, Emphasis added).
This text of Scripture is rich full of worldview implications to understanding God and man and their relations.
God wells up a spring for this garden specifically designed to meet the needs of Adam. Providing the tree of life and also the tree of the knowledge of good and evil to allow choice for the man to choose to obey the command he is going to here in the verses following.
The point here is God provided for Adam a means for satisfaction and this picture is this wellspring of life.
Let’s look at some Old Testament passages prophesying the coming of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit as givers of this life once lost.
Isaiah 55:1-3 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come buy win and milk without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear that your soul may live; and I will make with you and everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.”
Jeremiah 32:40-41 “I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of Me in their hearts, that they may not turn from Me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all My heart and all My soul.”
The New Testament:
John 4:13, 14 “Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.'”
Wow, what a beautiful picture of what God wants to NOW in the hearts of people. He wants to recreate Eden in them, by making them new creations and making the temple of their body holy, in order that the Holy Spirit may dwell with them, similar to how God walked with Adam in the garden. The Holy Spirit goes with us in our ‘inner garden’ this wellspring of eternal life. John 7:37-39 Jesus speaks of this at the Feast of Booths:
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'” Now this He said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
This passages echoes Isaiah 55:1 that we just read!
This passage echoes Ezekiel 47:1
Isaiah 12:3 THIS VERSE IS AWESOME!!!! “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation!” Just go read all of Isaiah 12. It’s awesome! Hallelujah!
We were meant for Eden. But it is lost to us.
“We all long for [Eden], and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature…is still soaked with the sense of exile.” –J.R.R. Tolkien