“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.” (Genesis 2:8)
There’s much to be said from a Biblical perspective concerning gardens. The beginning of the Word of God speaks of a great garden created by our Heavenly Father.
Much is said concerning a garden in the beautifully written Song of Solomon. In Isaiah we find the description of Israel as God’s vineyard (Isaiah 5:1-2). Our Lord Jesus prayed in a garden (Matthew 26:39); was betrayed in a garden (Matthew 26:49); and was forsaken by His own disciples in a garden (Matthew 26:56).
And finally we see the Word of God closing its chapters with the symbolic imagery of a tree of life bearing twelve manner of fruit and bearing leaves for the healing of the nations (Revelation 22:2).
But what does all this talk of gardens mean to us as Children of God? What is God saying to a world separated from God? What is God saying to a world in need of His Restoration, Reconciliation, and Regeneration? May the Lord feed us the Words of Life; for the Words that He speaks unto us, “…they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).
First, we must understand that it wasn’t just Adam who disobeyed God in his state of innocence. Judas wasn’t the only one who kissed our Lord and put Him on a cross. The Word of God says in Adam we all have sinned (Romans 5:12, 19); and Isaiah 53 says we all hid our faces from Him (verse 3); and verse 5 says:
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities…and with his stripes we (the elect of God) are healed.”
So in the Garden of Eden and in the Garden of Gethsemane, we must understand that we all betrayed the Lord Jesus. But thank God, the story doesn’t end there.
Although we rebelled and chose to go our own way; our Heavenly father still, in His Great Love “wherewith he loved us” (Ephesians 2:4), chooses to restore our hearts back to a state of paradise.
If you notice in Genesis 3:21, before driving Adam and Eve out of the garden, God chooses to clothe them in coats of skin, stripping them of their feeble fig leaves (works of the flesh). We must be clothed by our caring Father which is in Heaven. Blood must be shed; a sacrifice must be made to give us spiritual life and to sustain us on our pilgrimage in this physical life.
That Sacrifice was Christ. He is our Sacrifice, Substitute, and Savior; whereby He enables us to enter back into what we lost in Adam.
This coat has been granted to the Bride of Christ; “…that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints” (Revelation 19:8).
In this clothing, we find access back into all that God has for His Chosen. That is, to walk in the garden in fellowship, hearing the Voice of the Lord, and living in a state of innocence by Faith through Grace.
Finally, after receiving our blood-bought garments (Revelation 7:13-14); we inherit a Kingdom with no end, which has a tree of life bearing twelve manner of fruit and bearing leaves for the healing of the nations. In the beauty and splendor of this Heavenly Paradise, we see, in Revelation 22:1-3, a pure river of water of life, a throne, and he then says in verse 3, “and his servants shall serve him.”
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” (Revelation 22:14)
Are you walking in His Garden? Do you walk in the City of the Living God (Hebrews 12:22-23)? If not:
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:17)