In Genesis 1, we have the creation of the world. But our focus is going to be on Genesis 2.
The Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers. The name of the first is Pishon; it flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. The gold of that land is good; the bdellium and the onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; if flows around the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Tigris; it flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.
This particular passage from Genesis 2 is filled with amazing depth. This will develop into a short series of posts, all of which will come in the next few days.
The first thing we see is that the garden contains the tree of life. Not just life, but God’s divine, un-created life. In the garden, man had the chance to partake of God’s divine, un-created life! That was an amazing opportunity that we lost. But in Jesus we gained that possibility back. We gained back the opportunity to partake in the true tree of life.
Second, there is a river that flows out of Eden. It then divides into four rivers. Four is significant, because it represents the four corners of the earth. This river from Eden flowed out to provide water to the whole earth.
Third, we see some materials, gold, bdellium and onyx. Some translations change bdellium to pearl. Bdellium is a kind of vegetable pearl resulting from the abundant sap that breaks open the bark of certain trees, this happened in the garden. We also see onyx. Onyx is a red color, that is considered a precious stone. Other similar stones are jasper, sapphire, and so on.
This garden, it’s much more than a garden. It’s a construction site. Yeah, that’s right, a construction site. But the question is for what?