“The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”
-Eden in Hebrew is written as ee’ dehn which means the garden of God, delight, pleasure or paradise.
-God planted a garden eastward of Eden & placed man there. The garden was therefore planted in a place called Eden & God supplied choice plantations pleasant to the eyes & good for food. Then God commanded man to eat of any other tree but not from the tree of knowledge of God & evil lest he dies (Gen 2:16-17). When man ate of this tree; he substituted the perfect will of God for his own conscious will to do good & evil. This tree thus reminds us of our moral accountability to God Who created us in His image & likeness. We marvel at Gods’ work of creation for us; having over 200 bones, 500 muscles, 2 millions sweat glands to regulate temperature, the immune system, 6 senses, emotional composition etc. which respond to the mind, will & subconscious mind. In Gods’ image we have rational & moral capacity to be in communion & union with Him until eternity. The tree of life which is also in the midst of the garden is protected by Cherubim otherwise Christs’ work of redemption would be futile if man ate of it before Christs’ death & resurrection. Christ reminds us that those who overcome, He will give the privilege to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God (Rev 2:7).
We praise You & exult Your name Jesus for we have began yet another week in good health & sound mind. We rejoice in Your goodness & find delight in Your magnificent works of creation & salvation for us. Help us Lord to always be morally accountable to You through Your grace & follow Your holy will. Have mercy on us Father & cleanse us from all unrighteousness by Your precious blood. Heal all the sick merciful Father & guide all our children as they prepare to go back to school that they may excel in their studies. Direct our president & other leaders Lord in their plans & vision for this country. Bless us all Father in all we do through out this week & shepherd us in the way we should go. All glory & honor belongs to You Lord, now & forever Amen.
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