Friday, January 20, 2012

Gardens of Scripture (Part 1)

The various gardens mentioned in scripture are significant and can be looked at in a way that illustrates God’s Way of Salvation.  The Word of God begins and ends with events that are recorded in a garden. In this series I would like to consider five “Significant Gardens of Scripture”beginning with:

1. THE GARDEN OF REBELLION (EDEN)We read in, (Genesis 2:8) “And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed”.  Then, we read in,(verses 15 -17) “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.  And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die”.  We see from these words that man’s history began in a garden.  God’s power was manifested in His creation.  God planted this garden.  God’s prohibition was in this garden.  Man was not to eat of the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” under the penalty of death. (Genesis, chapter 3) records the sad outcome.  Notice what happened;

· SATAN came into this garden.  In his conversation with Eve, he cast doubt on God’s goodness to them by concealing the God given privileges and putting emphasis on the one God given restriction.  Then he directly contradicted the word of God when he said to Eve “ye shall not surely die”.  With his subtlety and temptation,  Eve fell into sin and involved Adam in the transgression as well.

· SIN came into this garden.  In (Genesis 3:6) we have the “three stages” of the woman’s sin.  She saw, she coveted, and she took.  We have also, the “three-fold substance” of sin.  There was the lust of the flesh (that which appealed to the physical nature), the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (that which appeals to the intellectual nature).  We find this truth also, in the New Testament in, (1 John 2:16) “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world”. When Adam sinned he not only acted for himself, but for the whole human race, of which he was the head.  When sin came into this garden, sin came into this world.  We read in,(Romans 5:12) “Wherefore as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”. Through sin death came, “and so to all men death traveled (penetrated, pervaded) inasmuch as all sinned”.  The Bible teaches that all men are sinners, both by nature and by practice. Everyone born of human parents inherits Adam’s sin, and also sins by his own deliberate choice.  God says in His Word, (Romans 3:23) “For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God”.  It is evident that each one of us, in the sight of a holy God, is a guilty, lost, hell deserving sinner, utterly unable to deliver himself from the condition in which he finds himself.  Consequently, each person needs God’s deliverance (salvation) from this state, for if you die in your sins your destiny will be hell and eternal separation from God.

· SORROW came into this garden. Because of the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve, God pronounced judgment upon them, (Genesis 3:16) “Unto the woman he (God) said, I will greatly multiply the sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children”.(Genesis 3:17) “Unto Adam He said, cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life”.  Sooner or later, sorrow will always follow sin.  None of us pass through this life without experiencing some degree of sorrow.  The ultimate sorrow  however, is an eternal sorrow.  When a person dies in their sins their destiny is eternal separation from God in the place called hell and the lake of fire, where it says in, (Matthew 8:12; 24:51) “there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth”.

· The SOVEREIGN came into this garden.We read that after Adam fell into sin, (Genesis 3:8, 9) “They heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the tree’s of the garden.  And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, where art thou”? God’s purpose for coming into the garden was to have fellowship with man whom He created.  Sin severed that fellowship.  God was calling but Adam was hiding. 

· SEPARATION (death) came into this garden.God previously said that man’s sin and disobedience would result in death. God said to Adam, regarding the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, (Genesis 2:17) “Thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die”. Later, because of his sin we read in,(Genesis 3:23, 24) “The Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden”.  “So He drove out the man”. Access to the “tree of life was prevented by God." It says in, (Romans 6:23) “The wages of sin is death”. It says also in, (Hebrews 9:27) “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”. "Death” in the Bible is not just physical and spiritual in this present time, but it is also eternal in time to come. Sooner or later death will come.  Are YOU prepared to meet God? 

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