Daily Devotion: Garden to Garden

Genesis 3 in the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve are tempted by the serpent to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which God had forbidden in chapter 2. They fall into the serpent’s temptation and after eating the fruit,

“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

He answered, ‘I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.’ – Genesis 3:7-10

Adam and Eve became aware of their nakedness, were ashamed of it (Genesis 2:25), and ran from the Lord.

In Mark 14, Jesus is praying in the garden of Gethsemane before He is arrested and ultimately crucified. When Judas leads the crowd to arrest Jesus this scene occurs,

“Am I leading a rebellion,’ said Jesus, ‘that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.’ Then everyone deserted him and fled.

A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.” – Mark 14:48-52

In the garden of Eden they were ashamed of their nakedness and so fled from God. In the garden of Gethsemane they were afraid of man and fled naked, becoming ashamed of themselves for deserting Jesus.

In the garden of Eden Adam and Eve rebelled and suffered spiritual and later physical death because they did not submit to God’s command and instead gave into temptation.

In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus offers Himself to the will of the Father. His submission paves the way for the forgiveness of the lack of submission in the garden of Eden.

“Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. ‘Abba, Father,’ he said, ‘everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.’ – Mark 14:14-15

In the garden of Eden we see the first glimpse of God’s redemptive plan.

“So the Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this,

‘Cursed are you above all livestock
    and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
    and you will eat dust
    all the days of your life.
And I will put enmity
    between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
    and you will strike his heel.” – Genesis 3:14-15

In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus knew the pain and anguish He was about experience in allowing the enemy to “strike his heel”, so much so that He was sweating drops of blood (Luke 22:44). However, in carrying it out He would then crush the head of the serpent and reconcile us back to God.

In the garden of Eden man tried to become like God and was therefore separated from God. In the garden of Gethsemane God had become man and allowed man to betray Him so that we would no longer be separated.

Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the garden brought death to all mankind. Jesus’s obedience in the garden brought His death which brings us life. In Eden, God uses animal skin to temporarily cover Adam and Eve’s shame–which means an animal probably had to die as a sacrifice for their covering (Genesis 3:21). In Gethsemane, Jesus is committed to being the perfect sacrifice that deals with our shame for all time.

From garden to garden God’s plan of salvation is on display. What man made wrong in Eden God made right in Gethsemane. Disobedience, death and shame are turned to obedience, life, and the ending of shame.

In both gardens man failed, but God succeeded to His everlasting glory.

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