by Jeff Strite

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Tending Your Garden (2 of 4)
Series: Stewardship Of His Gifts
Jeff Strite
Genesis 2:4-15

Someone once wrote a poem about their garden:

"Our radishes are puny things;
Our peas and beans are dying;
And as for the potatoes, well, those things aren't even trying
And that's the way our garden grows -
I tell myself, "Who needs it?"
But down inside, it hurts to have it bite the hand... that WEEDS it."

APPLY: I once read that more money is spent on gardening than on any other hobby! People seem to like the idea of growing something with their own bare hands.

I'm not one of them.
I don't like to garden.
The idea of having to contend with weeds and bugs... and rabbits and deer and coons, is more than I want to mess with.

But.. as much as I am not into gardening, I think I would have enjoyed the Garden of Eden. I believe I could have enjoyed tending that paradise. Because this wasn't your normal garden.

Before the fall, this garden would have been enjoyable experience. And I know that because - after Adam and Eve sinned - the Bible tells me things changed for them. When they lost the garden they came under a curse, and God told Adam part of the curse was this:
"...cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field." Gen. 3:17-18 ESV

In other words: Before the Fall, gardening was pretty much a piece of cake for Adam and Eve. The ground "cooperated" with them. There were no thorns or thistles... no weeds to mess with. I'm suspecting they didn't have to worry about things like mosquitos and black bugs and other things that could bite them.

In addition: The word EDEN meant "pleasure" because Eden was literally a garden of pleasure.

I can picture how life was in the Garden of Eden.
• Collecting food for lunch or dinner.
• Putting down their bowls once in a while to pick a strawberry here... or a blueberry t ...

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