The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden.” (Genesis 2:15–16, NIV)

Genesis 2:8 says that God planted a garden in Eden and put in it the man He had created. It seems that God made Eden first and then planted a beautiful garden there. Eden has been recognized as paradise or the kingdom of heaven.

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It is considered an ideal world for those who are tired and exhausted, especially in this competitive age.

That is the same in the Bible. Ezekiel 36:35 expressed that the devastated land by the sins of Israelites “has become like the Garden of Eden.” Collins English Dictionary defines Eden as the garden in which Adam and Eve were placed at the Creation, and also a delightful place, region, paradise, or a state of great delight, happiness.

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We cannot see the Garden of Eden on the earth now. In the beginning, however, it appears to have been created not as a spiritual space but a physical space. Genesis 3:24 says that God drove out Adam and Eve from there and placed cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to Eden, since Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Since then, the Garden of Eden seems to have become the space people cannot access anymore.

Meanwhile, Genesis 2:9 also recorded that the Lord had made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground of Eden. Also, it says the trees were beautiful to see and good to eat as food.

In the beginning, God had created the beautiful and ideal paradise where the sky was its roof, all the beautiful trees were lush, the shadows of the trees were sheltering, and humans were able to communicate with God intimately.

 

From “The Wise Investment of the Bible”