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The Garden of Eden

The LORD God planted a garden toward the east in Eden. And there He placed Adam to tend the garden and to cultivate it. In the garden, He caused beautiful trees to grow which produced fruit that was good to eat.The LORD God also provided care for the garden  by causing a mist to rise from the earth to water the ground, and a river that went through the garden into the surrounding area.
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Scripture reference: Genesis 2:5-6; 8

God planted a garden in the east in Eden. He placed Adam there to tend it and cultivate it. Beautiful trees produced fruit for him to eat, and God provided water for the plants by causing a mist to rise from the earth and water the ground. There is an abundance of water in the garden. Life thrives there; it has a perfect ecosystem in which everything God created is sustained.
 
The Bible testifies to the mercy of our Lord from everlasting to everlasting. We can see how God provided food and drink for Adam, the very first human. Throughout Scripture, God provides miraculous food and drink for His people. This not only displays God’s power over His creation, but it also reveals His love and care for His people.

 

Throughout Scripture, God provides miraculous food and drink for His people.

This not only displays God’s power over His creation,

but it also reveals His love and care for His people.

After the Exodus, when the people of Israel wandered in the wilderness, God provided them with mana (Exodus 16) and water from a rock (Exodus 17). God fed Elijah miraculously in the wilderness (1 Kings 17). And later, when Jesus came to earth, His very first miracle was turning water into wine (John 2), and He also multiplied bread and fish when He fed the 5,000 (Luke 9). These are only a few examples among so many in the Bible.
 
The Bible paints a beautiful picture of our God who provides for His people, even from the first human who ever existed.

 

The Bible paints a beautiful picture of our God who provides for His people,

even from the first human who ever existed.

Our Response

We can trust in the Lord’s provision for our daily needs, just as He provided for Adam in the garden. Further, we can trust in the Lord’s provision in our lives to come. The garden in its perfect state prefigures and points to the new heavens and new earth in which the River of Life flows freely. The identifying features of the perfect garden are the river that flows through the center, and an abundance of fruit trees—drawing a direct connection to the Garden of Eden.

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. —Revelation 22:1–2 [ESV]


We look forward to the future when we will spend eternity with our Lord in His perfect garden—the new heavens and new earth.

A Prayer for This Week

Most Merciful God, we trust You, Lord, when You say that You care for us, even when we do not feel it. Help the reality of Your love change us from seeking our own glory to working for Your kingdom. In Your mercy, forgive us daily for our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Help us to be encouraged by the love that You have shown for us through Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection. As we look forward to eternity with You, continually provide us with hope. Thank You for entrusting Your creation to our care. Help us to honor You in how we tend the garden of this earth. In Your holy and precious name we pray. Amen.

Creation Day 6, Part 3

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