Friday, November 10, 2017

Life in God’s Garden: Part 7

I couldn’t help myself; the weather was too nice to be indoors, and besides this was probably the last 80+ degree day left in the season. 

Gathering a plastic container for recycling I headed out to our garden to collect seeds from the flowering vines.   

My husband had a headache and wanted to sit back to rest for a little while.  Believing the fresh air would help him, with some coaxing I was able to convince hubby that he needed to come help me. 
For the next few hours not only could I imagine Life in God’s Garden, I was living it. 

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Opening the gate to the garden I began working my way around the inside of the fenced in area plucking tiny pods off the twine vines.  The past few cool nights caused the flowers to wither.  What was once a beautiful lush covering that scrolled around the entire garden looked rather messy having been hit it by the first frost of the fall season. 

The pods were so delicate that even the slightest jiggle would make the seeds fall to the ground.  By the time my husband joined me I had already finished one side of the fence.  With much more to be done, he decided to work his way along the outer side of the garden fence. 

There was a slight breeze; perfect weather for the task at hand.  Dropping a handful of seeds into the pail I pictured what Adam and Eve might be doing had they still been living in God’s Holy place. 

It was so quiet, even in the middle of the afternoon and in the city to boot.  No one was around; it was if we were the only two people on the planet.  Working my way towards where hubby was I said, “I wonder if Adam had to do this?” 

I answered my own question … of course he did.  God said that He gave us seed to sow for future gardens. 

“And God said, See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.” (Genesis 1:29 NKJV) 

Serenity Now 

When the vegetable plants, luffa and flowering climbing vines are in full bloom they cover and surround the entire fence.  It creates a secret garden place to dwell and spend time in the presence of our Creator.  

Our little garden becomes a place of worship … a temple so to speak, and provides the atmosphere needed to hear from God as you draw close to Him.  So many times I have sought the Lord for answers and within a few minutes in the garden I hear from Him. 

Serenity washed over our spirits as the hours wore on and we didn’t even notice the sun beginning to set.  Hubby and I had such peace and calmness fellowshipping together with the Lord that it made us long for the time when the Garden of Eden would be restored for the children of God. 

Blessings Unmeasurable 

For the past eight weeks we have “walked” through the Garden of Eden and marveled over the favor God prepared for the race of man from the very beginning of creation. 

We learned from only a few named blessings how God made provision for Adam and those to follow that would last all the days of the earth.  There are yet untapped water sources, seed bearing fruits, vegetables and herbs at our disposal for sustaining life.  He created gold and precious stones that set the economies of the world in motion even to this day, giving great provision for all of mankind.  

Although there are too many blessings to count that God has given us, from my short list I’ve saved the best for last. 

Tenth Blessing – The Garden was a Holy place for Worship.   

From the very beginning God made it clear that the Creator was the heart and center of creation, not humans or anything else.  His garden was created to establish communication and a place where relationships would grow. 

The Garden of Eden was to reveal to man God's Heaven.  It was a reflection of the dwelling place of the LORD God Almighty revealed to man and where he may boldly seek favor (mercy). (see Hebrews 4:16)
For a brief time before sin entered, Heaven in a sense was here on Earth.
When God brought Adam into His garden, it was to perform the duty of the first High Priest of God’s temple … the Holy place where God showed up to fellowship with man. 

The Garden was a separate place in Eden; it was set apart just for the LORD to be worshipped.  Although Adam and Eve could go wherever they wanted, God only showed up in His garden certain times of the day.
Throughout scripture we read how the high priests “tended” to their duties inside the Holy of Holies temple.  It was a place where public service to God was performed, including worship where He was acknowledged as the Creator of all things. 

God gave Adam stewardship of the Garden where he was to serve, guard, protect, shepherd and preserve (shamar, Genesis 2:15). In other words, Adam was the servant of the Garden, the attendant gardener.   Now we can understand why God was so angry with Adam having let “sin” (through the serpent) into His Holy dwelling and family. 

As the High Priest Adam had the responsibility of caring for God’s temple and taking watch over His sheep (Eve).  He failed at the task, but thankfully the grace (unmerited favor) of God would already be planned for man before he was created through His Son Christ Jesus.   

The prophet Isaiah (in chapter eleven) describes how God’s special garden temple will one day be restored for man to fellowship with Him. In the meantime, the first temple built (and others to follow) by man was representative of the Garden of Eden where God walked and dwelled with man. 

Think Back 

Every teacher tries to plant “seeds” into the thinking of their students by setting up something for future lessons.  I did this to prepare you for this week. 

In our second “think on this” challenge we pondered the significance of the gifts that were brought to Jesus upon His birth into this world.  I had you think about it without giving you an answer for a reason. 

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem three specific gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh were given to him.  The Magi knew what to give and the significance of the items they were to take to the newborn KING.  They were symbols of worship in the original Eden temple of God, and a path for us to follow leading back to the Heavenly Father through the seed of Jesus Christ (the Anointed Holy One). 

The vessels and furnishings of the temple were made of gold, and the walls of precious metals and gems.  However, the two perfumes of frankincense and myrrh combined were the main ingredients of the anointing oils inside the garden temple.

Burning of the specific oils signified that God was present.  We know this information from the description given to Moses in the Old Testament scriptures on how God wanted His temple to be built.  Moses received the detailed “floor plan” of what no one else had seen in the original place of worship in Eden. 

Although some of the gifts pointed directly to the death, burial and resurrection of the Messiah, they represented much more than we first learned.  Presenting these gifts at the birth of the Savior symbolized the promised restoration of the Garden of Eden as a place where God and man could remain in relationship forever.   

The Living Vine 

For the few hours it took to tear down the lifeless vines we didn’t think about what we lost, but focused on the life in the seeds for seasons to come.   I could already envision the new vines trailing along the fences bursting with life and color.  Through one little seed a new garden would bring forth a multitude of plants revealing the wonder and glory of God. 

Part of the favor for man is the promise of physical seed for as long as we are here on earth.   

 “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22 NKJV)  

God provided the initial seeds for everything we will ever need back in the Garden of Eden, including the Seed of Himself.  However, man would need spiritual seed and that would come through Jesus.  A relationship with Jesus allows us to fellowship with God once more.   

A Living Temple 

Although we await the coming of Jesus to be reunited with God face to face as in Life in the Garden days, our worship and fellowship with Him doesn’t have to wait until then.  Jesus gave us the precious gift of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in us.  Through Him we can talk to the Lord whether it is in our own garden, our prayer closet or anywhere.  We are a living temple, garden, that grows and grows the more we spend time in relationship with Christ. 

What we can take away from this is that God’s love for His creation is so wonderful that He went to great lengths to save it.  Everything He created was good and meant to remain forever.   

God’s mercy (favor) endures forever, without regret, for every generation from the beginning to the end.  We worship Him for His goodness, grace, mercy and favor … we worship Him because He is worthy of our praise!  He is the one true GOD!

If we are connected to the Living Vine - Jesus, God’s creation will one day be restored to us; like Adam and Eve we’ll experience Life in God’s Garden, but this time it will never end. 

I AM the vine – the Life in God’s Garden.  There is no garden life without Me.   

 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 

 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples." (John 15:4-8 NKJV) 

Think on This Challenge:
A New Eden 

When we planted our garden this year we already knew that there would be a time when it would return to seed.  Gathering seeds was proof that we believed what God said about seed time and harvest for this earth.  Spending time in the garden however, our thoughts were not of this world, but Heaven’s garden.   

Our life has a beginning and an end.  It started with God, but not every life ends up with their Creator.  Jesus is the Alpha and Omega Vine, the beginning and end of all things  Where does the Vine dwell? In God's Garden; only those who believe in Him will receive unmerited favor to see the new Garden of Eden. 
Our think on this challenge asks … 

Will you see the new Garden of Eden? 

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Until next time, “Garden” favor isn’t seasonal.  It's set by faith. 

“Believers in Me receive Garden favor.”
Jesus Christ 

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