I want today to seek to elucidate how, right at the beginning of the Bible, the pattern I outlined on Friday is operative. Let us look at Genesis 2.
- God’s People. Here we find Adam and then Eve being added, by his side (see Gen. 2:22-23), So we have the original people of God.
- God’s Place. In Gen. 2:8 we read The Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there He placed the man He had formed. The Lord God could have given Adam the whole planet as his place; after all it was within His gift to do so. But rather, he just gave him a garden in Eden. He wanted Adam and Eve to have a specific place in which to live for and experience God.
- To be for God’s glory:
- Obedience was the foundation to the joyous experience of God’s people having fellowship with God, And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.” (Gen. 2:16-17
- Service. Adam is called to serve the Lord by working the garden and watching over it ((see v15). Moreover Eve is called to his side to be a complementary helper (see v18). Eve was to help Adam in serving the Lord.
- Worship. When all the forgoing is happening then is fulfilled the worshipping of Romans 12:1. There we read: brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.