By: Ely Lagajino
The Lord God planted a garden in the east, in Eden and there He put the man he had formed.” (Gen. 2:8)
God gave Adam and Eve another beautiful sample of creation by planting a Garden named Eden as their home. Eden would be the “pattern for their children as they chose and established their own home around the world” (PP p.2). God appointed Adam and Eve in charge of this beautiful garden, to outfit and to preserve it. (PP p.2).
In Hebrew, Eden means “luxuriance, conveying a sense of abundance and contentment.” When the Hebrew Bible was translated into Greek, the word garden was translated as paradeisos, meaning a formal garden, which came into English as paradise. (ABC of the Bible p.18).
Eden has symbolized an earthly paradise planted with beautiful flowers, delicious fruit from fruit trees, lovely vines, beautiful landscapes, cute and kind animals, colorful birds, and fishes. They had unlimited control over living things.
Adam and Eve experienced an endless time discovering God’s created beauties that brought them an expression of thankfulness and admiration toward their Creator.
The couple pocessed everything they wanted for their happiness as long as they followed God. (PP p.18)