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Man’s First Lesson

I had always subscribed to the idea that God prepared the world in all its beauty in anticipation of His crowning touch — the creation of man — and that man was “born” into a lush green world prepared just for him. But on reading Genesis 2 in Portuguese this week, a different scenario jumped out at me. I confirmed it by comparing with various translations in English. The King James conveys this as well, just not as clearly. Here’s from the ESV:

Genesis 2:5-9
5 When no bush of the field[a] was yet in the land[b] and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, 6 and a mist[c] was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— 7 then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. 8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

It appears that at the time He created man, though God had already placed the seed of every plant and tree in the ground, those seeds had not yet sprouted! It even leaves some room for conjecture as to whether the Garden of Eden had already grown…or whether it was merely a latent promise awaiting man’s tilling (verse 15). I certainly wouldn’t argue the point one way or the other, but it’s food for thought.

Either way, it caused me to think of the way God still operates in our lives. We would love for God to drop us in the middle of a ready-made paradise…but often our first encounter with the situations of life reflects nothing but barren fields. It takes faith to accept that these situations are latent promises — that God has already placed seeds in the ground and arranged His own unique system to water them.

It’s interesting to note that one reason God had not allowed the plants to grow was because “there was no man to work the ground.” Sometimes the promises of God have not been allowed to sprout simply because there was no individual in place to see to it they were not wasted. May God give us the courage to face the barren fields of life with the knowledge that God was waiting on our arrival so He could set things in motion to transform them into green pastures!

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January 2, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized

2 Comments »

  1. What an awesome perspective. I like it…

    Comment by Joe Faubion | January 2, 2013 | Reply

  2. Great site brother Nix! I enjoyed your presentation of gospel truth.

    Comment by HolyGhostFamily | January 7, 2013 | Reply


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