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The Garden of Eden
Paradise On Earth
This passage refers to an extraordinary and unique place known as the Garden of Eden. God wanted us to know; this place was indeed remarkable, majestic, and beautiful. Remember, as I'd stated earlier, it was designed to be fully enjoyed by humanity.
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In the last article, we wrapped up God's creation account with what I like to call the highlight of God's creation. We also learned that God saw that all He had created was good and how He was able to rest on the seventh day. Be that as it may, we now move forward from within our journey. And it's at this point; we find that the Sacred Record begins to reveal to us something truly magnificent.
Our journey has brought us to a point where we've discovered that God had created a dwelling place specifically for humanity:
"And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads." -- Genesis 2:9-10
Know that this passage refers to an extraordinary and unique place known as the Garden of Eden. God wanted us to know; this place was indeed remarkable, majestic, and beautiful. Remember, as I'd stated earlier, it was designed to be fully enjoyed by humanity.
Now let's take a closer look at this passage: "And a river went out from Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; And the gold of that land is good: there is aromatic resin and the onyx stone." -- Genesis 2:10-12
Understand that the Garden of Eden was made up to be watered by four different rivers that had parted away from one main river. It's presumed that the two main rivers that are involved would be the Euphrates and the Tigris.
Now keep in mind, the Holy Scripture mentions a place that's called Havilah. Some seem to think this was a place that was probably located from within certain parts of Arabia. It was known to be a place that was rich in stones like gold, pearls, gems, and onyx.
Moving forward: "And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates." -- Genesis 2:13-14
Now don't get this river called Gihon mixed up with the one that you'll find in the land of Israel. This is a different one that is believed to be of a greater magnitude. Also, know, the land mentioned that's being called Ethiopia, we must be careful not to get this place confused, with the one found in today's modern-day Africa. For it's believed, this land was probably located from within the lands of Arabia as well.
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The Two Trees : Taking A Quick Look
However, when it comes to the Garden of Eden, know that it had two significant additions that had come in the form of two trees that existed from within its overall makeup. Note that one tree was called The Tree of Life. And some would say this tree's main benefit would have allowed the human race to achieve some type of immortality.
Now, the second tree was called The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Know that this tree is believed to be good for food and be pleasing to the eye. This tree also provided one the ability to gain wisdom. And it was this type of wisdom that God had warned Adam against:
"And the Lord God commanded the man [Adam], saying, 'Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." -- Genesis 2:16,17
Now keep in mind, Adam enjoyed all that the Garden of Eden had to offer, all except for one tree, and as I stated earlier, this tree was called The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. For the Sacred Record reveals that Adam was given the command that he must not eat from this tree, for if he does, he would surely die.
Bible Study Online - The Creation Stage
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Before we get into the actual biblical record, in regards to Adam and Eve, I would like to take a closer look at what some Bible critics would call a second creation account. But know that I see this as a false and misleading tactic that the opposition uses when they try to discredit the Word of God.
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