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[Lighthouse Daily Devotion] God Is In the Garden

God Is In the Garden
Submitted by Frank Williams
June 3, 2024

Ge 2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.  

The world’s first garden was planted by the LORD Himself. There were many trees there that were pleasant to look at, and they produced good food. A river ran through the garden, and the tree of life was located in it. God was there in the garden.

At first, God was alone in His garden, but His plan was to share it with the man He had made. So, the Bible tells us, Ge 2:8 ... there he put the man whom he had formed. The Lord’s desire was to share all of Himself and His creation with mankind.

One day while the Lord was walking in His garden, He found that Adam and Eve were in hiding. They had sinned, and they did not want to visit with God that day. Their sin resulted in them being cast out of the garden. Ge 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden….

The Lord God was left alone in His garden.

Many centuries later, God entered another garden called Gethsemane. Joh 18:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples.

Jesus was heavily burdened and needed to pray. As He did so, the disciples soon fell asleep, once again leaving Him alone in the garden. As He faced a sure death for the sins of mankind, He prayed with strong crying and tears (Heb 5:7). In His first Garden, Eden, He had pronounced the very death upon mankind that He was about to endure.

God was there, and God was alone.

A third garden where the Lord Jesus must be alone is next to where He was crucified.

      Joh 19:41-42 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden;      and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. 42              There laid they Jesus….

God had walked alone in the first garden, seeking His own. He knelt alone in the second garden, praying for His own. He was buried alone in the third garden, having died for His own.

It is from this lonely tomb that the dear Saviour arose, that He might “re-capture” His lost sheep and their affection. The Lord’s original desire to share Himself and all His creation with us will be realized. He, nor we, will ever be left alone again.

Consider: Re 22:4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

Did You Know? According to Genesis 1:20-22, the chicken came before the egg.

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