Before sin had entered the world, God had created man a beautiful dwelling place and had met all of man’s needs.Genesis 2:9 tells us that ‘the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground – trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.’The Garden was a place specifically made for man to live in his present state; which at that time was perfect, sinless.When looking at this, I realized that the Garden of Eden is yet another thing that God purposely created.It is not listed in the first six days, but in verse eight of Genesis 2, it clearly says that God planted a garden and then in verse nine that the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow.This was not just a place on earth that God placed man, but instead a very intentional thought out place that God had created for man to live as long as he was sinless. I get the impression that God came and walked with Adam in the Garden from time to time.When Adam and Eve heard God walking in the garden after they had sinned, they recognized that it was God who was walking in the Garden in the cool of the day. They recognized Him because this was not the first time He had come to walk with them in the Garden. This is God preparing for man, God taking care of man, God providing for man.Think of the verses throughout the Bible telling us that God will take care of us; that He will provide for us.Matthew 6:25-34 explains that God provides for the birds and how He makes the lilies of the field continue to grow with beauty.However, Matthew then continues to explain that if God is so concerned about the birds and flowers, think how much more concerned he is about you, the only part of His creation that he made in His image. So I think the Garden was perhaps the closest thing to Heaven on Earth as any man could ever experience.
After Adam and Eve sinned, God banished them from the Garden.And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil.He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” (Gen. 3:22 NIV) Things had now changed. This was the first time God had come to walk with them after their innocence was lost and with sin creeping in gripping their hearts.Before this, there had been nothing to separate Man from God.Sin could not live in the Garden because of the Tree of Life.God could not allow man to live forever in a sinful state.So the plan for Salvation through Christ began at that moment.God’s deep desire to have a close relationship with Man never changed.He longs to walk in the Garden with you today as much as He did with Adam and Eve.