1. Introduction to  Eden

Eden means “pleasure”.  It is one of the geographic regions named in the early chapters of the Book of Genesis.  The others were:

  • Land of Havilah (Genesis 2: 11)
  • Land of  Ethiopia (Genesis 2: 13)
  • Assyria (Gen 2: 14)
  • Land of Nod –  East of Eden (Genesis 4: 16)

2. God planted a garden eastward in Eden. 

 a. This garden was also called:

  •  “The Garden of Eden” (Genesis 2: 15) and
  • “The Garden of  the Lord” (Genesis 2: 8).
  • The Garden of God (Ezekiel 28: 13)

 b. Trees of the Garden of Eden

The book of Genesis revealed that the Garden of  Eden contained:

  • All kinds of beautiful trees with edible fruit
  • The tree of life.
  • Tree of the knowledge of good and evil

Prophet Ezekiel spoke prophetically about the nations of  Egypt and Assyria, comparing them to the trees of Eden. The cedar, fir and chestnut trees  were among the “trees of Eden…in the garden of  God,  The trees of Eden were rooted in “great waters” or the river of  Eden. As a result they grew  to be beautiful and tall, with thick, long, voluminous branches (Ezekiel 31).

Other comparisons were made with the lushness of the Garden of Eden:

  • The lush, beautiful, well watered plains of Jordan (Genesis 13: 10)
  • The Garden of Eden was so fruitful that it was associated with “joy and gladness… thanksgiving, and the voice of melody” (Isaiah  51:3).

c. A river originated in the  Garden of Eden

  •  This river went out of Eden to water the garden.
  •  It had four tributaries
  • The first tributary was called Pison
  • Pison encompassed the Land of Havilah
  • Havilah had gold, bdellium and onyx
  • The second tributary was  called Gihon
  • Gihon encompassed the entire Land of Ethiopia
  • The third tributary is Hiddikel
  • It goes to the east of Assyria
  • The fourth river is Euphrates

d. The Garden of Eden was a well watered place. Watered places are associated with:

  • God’s guidance, satisfaction and provision (Isaiah 51: 3)
  • Joy (Jeremiah 31: 12)
  • Wealth (Ezekiel 28: 13)
  • Fenced and inhabited cities (Ezekiel 36: 35)
  • Vegetation and growth (Joel 2: 3)

e. Worship in the Garden of Eden

  • The core of Adam’s worship and relationship with God rested on his obedience to God’s commandment.
  • God commanded Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil
  • God would come to the Garden of Eden in order  to worship with Adam and Eve (Genesis 3: 8-10)
  • The fellowship between God and Adam was later broken because of disobedience
  • God restricted Adam and Eve’s access to the The Tree of Life as a result of their disobedience – they could no longer live forever

Blessings. More to come.

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