When we read in Genesis 2 that Adam and Eve were naked in Eden, it may initially seem to us to be a good or neutral thing. These were royal representatives of the great king. The report of their nakedness indicated a need for royal clothing which would have been given to them had they faithfully exercised dominion. But instead of being further clothed, Adam and Eve lost the original glory that covered them.
This is what made their nakedness before God so unbearable that they sought to cover themselves up with fig leaves. The love story in Eden began with Adam and Eve enjoying bone-of-my-bones, flesh-of-my-flesh intimacy.
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden by Wenzel Peter, Vatican Museum
But the same two people who were naked and unashamed are, only a few verses later, trying to cover up their shame. This partnership that was intended to bless the world brought a curse upon the world. Ever since this first marriage went so terribly wrong, God has been working out his plan to present a perfected bride to the perfect groom. The day will come when the shadow of temporary human marriage will give way to the substance—the eternal, unbreakable, most intimate marriage between Christ and his bride.
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This will be the happiest marriage of all time. This was judgment day, which for Adam and Eve meant that it was also eviction day. No longer could they live in the holy sanctuary of Eden in the presence of a holy God, because they had become unholy people.
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Instead, God began working out his plan to make it possible for sinners to be made clean and holy in order to live in his presence. When we read about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil Gen.
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Rather, it was evil because it was forbidden. God had put this tree in the garden to give Adam and Eve the opportunity to live out genuine faith and obedience. Adam should have crushed the head of the evil serpent then and there. He should have squashed this rebellion rather than taking part in it.
Had he done so, Adam and Eve would have been able to eat their fill of the tree of life, and enter into a heavenly life, without ever having to experience death.
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But it would seem that the fruit of this tree was a feast for Adam and Eve would enjoy once they passed the test of obedience represented in the forbidden tree. Because of their disobedience they were barred from eating of the tree. Instead, the tree of life is gloriously planted in the center of the greater garden to come.
In Eden, the trees bore fruit in their season, which means once a year. But in the new and better Eden, the tree of life yields a new crop of fruit every month. In Eden, the tree of life grew in the midst of the garden. But in the new Eden, the tree of life grows on either side of the river. It seems to have multiplied and expanded, implying that everyone will have access to it; all will be welcome to eat their fill.
The events that occur after Evie meets a boy that looks just like a local boy that died, the curse of the farm and the girl that vanished, and the gift of a single seed are nothing less than spectacular.
Her father has always been a scientific man and that if there is no explanation than it cannot be real. I always have been.
Kudos to K. Going for this wonderful heartfelt novel! Teacher Resources: Download printable pdf. Note to teachers The idea for The Garden of Eve came about in two parts. I began to think about all that apple trees have represented in literature and I started to come up with story ideas that might feature a magical tree. As the family struggled to come to terms with this loss, I thought about the way children view death, and all the questions they have about it. I thought about death as a barren landscape. A dark, twisted tree without blossoms.
Gradually, the story of a girl and a boy, both dealing with losses, who must now find a way to bring life into their own barren landscapes, began to form. Skip to primary content. Skip to secondary content.