The Story of Two Gardens
There are certain mysteries in the bible that I'm going to love asking people about in heaven. I want to ask Daniel about his night at the hostile inn. Definitely want to Joseph about any other dreams he might have interpreted. I'll have to ask Jonah how it was like traveling inside a whale. But I also want to ask Adam a whole lot of questions! How was it like being in perfect harmony with your God, spouse and all of creation? Did he have some type of schedule he kept? How in the world did he remember all of these creatures names?
One of the greatest mysteries is the location of Adam's home. Archeologist and theologians search and search for this beautiful garden only to be disappointed. Many assume it to be in the middle east because of the name of two of the rivers mentioned in Genesis 2, but honestly that can't be proven. After the flood, the surface of the earth went under some major renovations and the location of the garden of Eden can't be specified.
Although we can't find the actual location of the garden, what we know about it is mind-blowing. God creates this indescribable garden for Adam to care for. He got to hang out with all sorts of animals, go cave diving, eat delicious fruits, and more importantly than all. enjoy an intimated relationship with God. God would come down and "hang out" with Adam!
One time as God is out for a stroll in the Garden he calls out to Adam. He searches for Adam, but he is nowhere to be found. God finds him and Eve hiding in the trees. This is the moment where history took a turn. Where one man changed the course of history for an entire species. Adam was kicked out of the Garden. His relationship with the creation was drastically altered. The most devastating part of the story is that he fed his flesh with a temporary fruit only to give up the source of sustenance for his soul, that day, Adam died.
Thousands of years after Adam's fall in the garden of Eden we are introduced to a new garden, the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus in one of the most anguishing moments in his life comes to this garden. He expresses his concerns to his disciples “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me” (Matthew 26:37). As his closest friends fall asleep, leaving him to go through this alone, He prayed.
Jesus lays his head on the dirt and speaks to his father. Feeling the reality of what he was about to face the only he could do was pray. He was crushed with grief to the point of death. This is the love of Jesus for us. "He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with the deepest grief" (Isaiah 53).
When Adam in his weakness could not uphold holiness, Jesus in his holiness demonstrated strength. In the garden of Eden, Adam took a fall. In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus took a stand. Adam sold us to the slavery of sin. Jesus broke the chains and set us free. Paul couldn't have said it better in Romans 5:17 "For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ."
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