Reading the intro to Genesis this morning, I was blown away. I’ve probably read this passage of scripture at least ten times but there is always fresh revelation.
I am struck by the intimacy of it; The Spirit of God hovering over the freshly created waters. The hands of the pre-incarnate Christ molding the first man from the dirt, then leaning down to breath the breathe of life into his nostrils. The fact that God himself planted the garden of Eden for this new man to live in. Jesus walked through the Garden with his newly formed human beings and had unparalleled, unimaginable intimacy with them.
The Bible says, “God” but we know that God exists in three persons- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 1 John 5:7 God the Father is spirit John 4:24 and invisible Colossians 1:5…so it makes sense that God was in the Garden in the form of the God-Man; Jesus Christ. Jesus walked through the garden. Jesus’ hands formed the first man out of dirt. The same hands that would much later be stretched out on the cross for us….
It’s all so beautiful and intimate.
God knew, of course, that mankind would fall. That is why there was a plan in place for salvation before the first human ever drew the first breath.
When Adam and Eve sinned they were thrust from the paradise of God. An angel and fiery flashing sword were sent to guard the tree of Life, so that Adam and Eve wouldn’t eat from it and become immortal and therefore stuck forever in their fallen state.
I find it interesting that the tree of Life is featured in both the opening and closing books of scripture. At some point God withdrew the tree from Eden and up into Heaven. It exists in wait for the time when the curse is finally broken.
“Then the angel showed me a river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb, down the middle of the main street of the city. On either side of the river stood a tree of life, producing twelve kinds of fruit and yielding a fresh crop for each month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse.” Revelation 22:1-3
In that time we will be granted to privilege to eat the fruit and gain immortality. “To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.” Rev. 2:7
Everything will come full circle. Everything lost will be restored. We’ll experience that amazing intimacy with God, face to face. But this time there will be no serpent, no temptation. We’ll have had the knowledge of good and evil and those of us who chose good and God, by association, will get it in every way, for all eternity.
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Cor. 2:9