Today’s passage of Scripture is Genesis 2:8-9 which reads: “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.”
Allow me to share with you some commentary on this passage from the Reformation Study Bible edited by theologian R.C. Sproul: “The garden represented a sanctuary where God invites humanity to enjoy fellowship and peace with Him. Cherubim protect the garden’s sanctity so that sin and death will be excluded. Faith and obedience are prerequisites for living in this place of special communion with God. The origin of the term ‘Eden’ is disputed; it may derive from an Accadian term meaning ‘plain’ or ‘prairie,’ or from the Hebrew term meaning ‘pleasure’ or ‘delight’ (from which the association of Eden with the term ‘paradise’ derives). Eden was apparently the region in which the garden was located. The mention of Assyria and the Tigris and Euphrates rivers indicates a location east of Palestine in Mesopotamia.”
Today’s quote about the Bible is from Henry Ward Beecher. He said: “Sink the Bible to the bottom of the ocean, and still man’s obligations to God would be unchanged. He would have the same path to tread, only his lamp and guide would be gone; the same voyage to make, but his chart and compass would be overboard!”
Our topic for today is titled: “The Relationships of Creation (Part 2)” from the book, “The Promise and the Blessing” by Dr. Michael A. Harbin.
Based on the data we have, we can make these observations about the world as it was originally made:
1. It had a temperate climate. We base this inference on several bits of data. First, as is commonly known, Adam and Eve were naked prior to the Fall. If we assume that physically they were similar to modern man and woman (although without any of the physical weaknesses to which we are prone), this detail suggests a moderate climate. In addition, we note that there was no rain before the Flood: a mist was adequate to provide water. Finally, we observe that seasons were originally noted by the stars, and we do not see cold and heat associated with the seasons until after the Flood.
2. Adam and Eve had a vegetarian diet. At the outset, they were told they could eat from “every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.” It was not until after the Flood that Noah and his descendants were told that they should eat meat.
3. Adam and Eve did not fight weeds, thorns, and thistles. These items are a result of the Fall. The lack of weeds suggests a garden where every plant grew in its place, and that place was determined by Adam. The lack of thorns and thistles suggests a lack of what we call defense mechanisms.
On our next broadcast, we will look at three more observations about the world as it was originally made.