There’s No Place Like Home (Part 2)
What does the bible tell us about the Garden of Eden? The word Eden means pleasure and if God names things after their attributes this Garden must have been extremely pleasurable to experience and pleasing to the eye. We know that God Himself planted this Garden and we know that the Garden was perfect because God the Creator took man and put him there. This means that this was the Will of God. And we know from God’s word, that the will of God is perfect. Romans 12:2 says, “Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."
Genesis 2:8-15 tells us that the Garden was located in the East of Eden. We know that a river flowed out of Eden to water the Garden from below. This one river in the Garden divided and became four rivers. The land that these four rivers flowed around contained gold that the bible said was good. It contained bdellium which is a very rare resign that has essential oils used in perfumery and incents. It also contained rare and precious stones such as onyx carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl.
I once read that the Garden of Eden had all the conveniences that one could ever want. That would mean it was without any inconveniences. Even in the biggest and fanciest of mansions that we are a custom to would have some inconveniences.’ Imagine that the Garden of Eden had every good thing in it that was pleasing to the sight; beautiful assortments of tress, bouquets of flowering plants, alluring lush vegetation’s, beauty would surround you wherever you walked in this Garden. Every intoxicating and enticing fragrance you could ever imagine. Let us not forget to mention pleasing the taste, meaning all your edible wants were good to the taste, it also had something that was far better than any Mansion on this earth could have.
It was the place where Adam had a personal relationship with his creator, God Himself. It seems that The Garden of Eden was more than just a place where Adam lived; it was his life that had a lifestyle. It was the place where Adam was in good standing with God. It was also the place where God and Adam would walk and talk to one another in the cool of the day. Can you imagine being taken on a personal tour of the creation by the Creator; wow what a mind blowing adventure and a mind blowing relationship. Could it be that the “it” was Adam's personal relationship with his Creator? Just perchance Adam was asked to cultivate and keep, or work and take care of, or till and guard was His personal relationship with God. Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus? What are you doing to cultivate it or keep it? How far would you go to guard it?