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God walked with Adam and Eve in the Garden Gen. What does it mean for God to walk with them. It means closeness, intimacy, communion.

Don Stewart :: How Are We to Understand God Walking in the Garden?

Picture this. Adam and Eve and God literally walking next to each other in perfect harmony. Why did God walk with them? Because He loved them.

Because He wanted fellowship with them. When Adam and Eve sinned, what did they do? They hid themselves: Gen.

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God came looking for them: Gen. Jesus is the first to shed blood, because the Father is never seen in the Bible: John They had been cast out of God's presence. But, that isn't the end. God sought His people again. From the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve went out and had children who had children, etc. They filled the earth Eventually, after the tower of Babel, after Noah's Flood, God called a Abraham to go to a new land. Abraham became the first of God's chosen people who multiplied on the earth. They became enslaved in Egypt and eventually were freed by Moses.

After leaving Egypt and after the 10 commandments had been given to the Jews, God said something most interesting to Moses in Exodus , "And let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them. Here in the Wilderness He sought them again. Why did He tell them to build a sanctuary? He needed a holy place to dwell.

He wanted to be among His people in a special way. The tabernacle It was a movable tent. One hundred cubits long and fifty cubits wide about feet long by 75 feet wide It had many furnishings, but the most important was the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. In the Holy of Holies is where the ark of the covenant was Aaron's Rod, a jar of manna, and the ten commandments The Mercy Seat was a top made of pure gold with 2 angels fashioned in them.

This was on top of the Ark of the Covenant. The Tabernacle was where the yearly offering of atonement would be made by the High Priest After the tabernacle was built, the Temple was built and the Holy of Holies was moved in there along with the Ark of the Covenant.

How Are We to Understand God Walking in the Garden?

This was with Israel up until the time of Jesus. In the N. God still seeks to be with His people. In John ,14 it says, "In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God It means to tabernacle.

Again, God is seeking His people, but this time, instead of dwelling in a temple, he was then walking around among the people. Jesus, who was God in flesh, was again walking with His people, just like the Garden of Eden. But we know what they did to Jesus. They killed Him. They crucified Him. It was the imagination of another that helped me ask: What if these words aren't said angrily, but with gentle lament for the created world in the life of even one wilting soul? What if these words respond to both the vast pain of creation where it groans in need and the vast beauty of creation where it remains a wonder of good?

2. Eden was abundant, but it wasn’t yet expansive.

Such questions thunder quite a bit differently. A theology professor of mine who grew up farming speaks readily about the creation of the world through the landscape of gardening. As he read aloud and commented on the story, it was as if I was hearing it again for the first time. Parts of it, I am certain, I had never heard before.

Genesis chapter 2, the account of creation that Christians and Jews hold as sacred text, says that God planted a garden in Eden to the east. God, the gardener.

I can't say that I have ever heard a sermon about creation as gardening, the creator of the world as Gardener. I had never considered what such an identity of God might mean to me or to the world around me.

1 Corinthians 1:9, Why did God make you?

Yet here is one of the first passages in the Bible where we are introduced to who God is —and God is not a warrior or a judge or even a sovereign, but first, a gardener, a nurturer of all life, protector and planter, a designer, keeper, and pruner concerned with life's flourishing. My own experiences with gardening bring to mind an entirely different set of emotions and dispositions than I typically consider God as having: delight in dirty hands, my own investment into the life I've planted, the thrill of fruit, the gentle attention to life, the compilation and cooperation with so many different factors—wind and rain, sun and predators—and the pleasure of simply being near it all.

I find that when I am most weary of the despair and injustice of the world, my garden gives me an inexplicable hope. God as gardener, the intimate vision at creation's beginning, can be traced throughout the Old Testament, in the psalms, and in the prophets. Jesus, too, concurs: I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. Such a reading of the world's creation and the thought of a gardener tending to me, stirs a response akin to that of the man after God's own heart:. When I survey this vast world, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars and all that you have established, what are mortals that you are mindful of us, human beings in whatever state of despair or joy or smallness that you care for us with the loving eye of a gardener?

Magnificent and intimate, powerful and gentle, God as gardener, whose deepest concern is life's flourishing, makes no clearer a case than in Easter's undoing of death and the vicarious humanity of the resurrected Son.