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(Part I - Eden)

THE TALE OF TWO GARDENS

EDEN --- GETHSEMANE

After reading Genesis Chapters 2 & 3, I was anxious to meet and visit with the couple who lived in Eden and get a glimpse of what was going on there. Adam invited me in. As I entered, my eyes could barely take in the beauty. I hesitated and tried to absorb its abundance. I asked Adam to share with me about God. “What is it like and what goes on, day by day? What do you and God talk about?” I already knew about the situation in Chapter 3. It became a somber time when a foreign voice entered with some controversial statements. “Please tell me about it Adam.”

As Adam spoke, his face became a little tense. “To begin with, God brought the world into existence. It included oceans of water, dry land, and every kind of vegetation. The sun to give light for the day and the moon and stars for light and beauty at night. Then He created Animals. They were a different kind of life from the vegetable world. They roamed all over our dwelling place. They were like our friends. We enjoyed them.”

“I was created different from the animals,” Adam continued. “When God formed me, He breathed the gift of Life into me. I was made after His likeness, not like the animals. He put me in this beautiful Garden. He explained to me that I could eat from any tree or bush in the Garden, except the fruit of the tree in the middle of the Garden. The tree of Good and Evil.”

“There was no one like me to visit with, continued Adam, but a companion was already in God’s Plan. Eve, my new partner, was not made from the dust, like I was. God put me to sleep and took one of my bones (a rib) and from it, made her, another being like me. You see, God made me like Himself. Eve and I were a different species from the animal world.”

“God would come down into our Garden and we walked and talked together. It was wonderful. Now I had Eve to visit with and share the enjoyable life God had given us. I explained to her in detail about the Tree of Good and Evil and how God said we were not to eat of it. If we did, we would surely die. Death would mean separation. Our Relation-ship, Fellowship and Communion with Him would be broken. We would loose that part of us that was made in His image” Did we love our God and Father enough to obey Him rather than follow our own desires?” (We shall see.)

The next time I saw Adam, he was outside his Garden Home. He was in his little vegetable plot hoeing out the weeds and loosening the ground to help the veggies grow. “What are you doing out here, working?” I asked. “You never had to do that when you lived inside your Garden home.” He looked at me thoughtfully and said, “A lot has happened since I last saw you. If you have time, I’ll tell you the whole story.” (I had time)

“It happened one beautiful day” Adam began, “When Eve was relaxing in the sun. She always enjoyed the animals. They were like our friends. That day, one of the most likable, cunning and subtle of God’s creatures of the field came up to Eve.(3:1) She petted it and talked kindly to it. Then something unusual took place. It began to talk to her and what it said was challenging. It asked Eve a question, “Did God tell you not to eat of the trees of the Garden?”

She answered, “We may eat of all the trees except the one in the middle, the Tree of Good and Evil. If we do, we will surely die.” (Doubt planted)

The animal, inspired by Satan, the Tempter said, “You shall not surely die, for God knows that when you do, you will become like gods. Your eyes will be opened and you shall know Good and Evil.” (God’s Honesty questioned)

“That is when it happened,” continued Adam. “Eve glanced at the tree. She saw how good the fruit looked and thought about how it would make her wise, knowing Good and Evil. She would be like God! Then she picked it and ate and brought some to me and I ate with her. I should have known better, for I was the one to whom God gave the command! A real change came over us both. Our eyes were opened and we knew that we were naked. We hadn’t noticed that before. Now we were ashamed . We picked some fig leaves and sewed them together to cover our bodies.”

“But I have more,” Adam said. “A little later, God came to visit us. When we became aware of His presence, we ran and hid ourselves among the trees. When He called to us we said we were afraid because we were naked.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat of the tree that I commanded you not to eat?

Adam answered, “The woman whom You gave me, she gave it to me and I did eat. Then God asked the woman what she had done, and she said the Serpent animal deceived me and I did eat.” (Blame began with our first parents.)

“As a result of our disobedience, God pronounced Curses upon each of us. To the serpent (animal) he said, “Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle and above every beast of the field. Upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life. I will put enmity (hostility) between thee and the woman, between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head and thou shalt bruise his heal.”

“Unto the woman God said, “I will multiply they sorrow in child-bearing....Your desire shall be to your husband and he shall rule over thee.”

God said to me (Adam), “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and disobeyed my command, cursed is the ground for thy sake: In sorrow shalt thou eat of it... It will bring forth thorns and thistles (weeds) By the sweat of your brow will you eat of it, all the days of your life. (Now you will have to work for your living)” Gen.3:14-19.

Adam looked at me and said, ”Now you know the whole story and why I am out here hoeing weeds”.

Adam bowed his head, “Excuse me please. I forgot to tell you the most important thing that happened before we left the Garden. Because of God’s great love for us, He made a cover for our nakedness and shame that separated us from Him. He took the life of an animal, shed its blood, took its coat and made it into coats for us to cover our shame. Now we could come into His presence without fear. Since then, Eve and I have been very thankful to our Heavenly Father for that covering. Peace has been restored and we can visit with God again with favor and not fear.”

“When we put on our cover coats” Adam continued, “We always remember that another life had to be given to make us ready to have fellowship with our Father.

You and I now know, that Jesus Christ was the one who later gave His life on Calvary’s cross, to cover our sin, that we may come free of guilt, into God’s Presence.

Elsie K. Young

PART II

 

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