Friday, July 22, 2005

A Place of Enclosure

“Then the LORD God took the man and
put him into the garden of Eden
to cultivate it and keep it.”
(Genesis 2:15)

The Lord God took Adam and put him in the garden of Eden. In other words, Adam was enclosed in the place of God’s pleasure and delight.[1] It is interesting to note here that God always surrounds those in whom He takes pleasure and finds delight. This is essential that we understand. As stated in the introduction, there is no greater weapon than intimacy with Christ. It is our intimacy that helps to keep us walking in Truth. It is out of this intimacy that all of the issues of life are meant to flow. So foundationally, it is necessary that we gain a proper understanding of the posture of God and His heart towards us. The reality of God’s endless love was to shape Adam’s very existence and identity. It should be no different for us today.

[1] Eden is the Hebrew word ay’-den. It means, “pleasure,” “delight” and “luxury.” Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon 5731.

Garden is the Hebrew word gan. Gan is “an enclosed place.” It is a “place surrounded” and “defended.” Adam was surrounded by pleasure and delight. Ibid., ref. no. 1588. He was a delight and pleasure to God and God. “Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good (exceedingly pleasing and beneficial)” (Gen. 1:31).


starshine said...

It is awesome to know that when God delights in us he keeps us in an enclosed place. I guess I never thought of intimacy as a weapon.

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