Have you ever wondered why God created Eden” Of course, many of us are familiar with the “Tick-Tock” of Creation, the Temptation of Eve by the Serpent, and the results of the Fall. They are all events of history, and they explain the “What” of the beginning, but it does not explain the “Why” of creation

Why did God create Eden? The Bible gives us the answer in Genesis 3:8- 10

8  And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” ESV

Let us pull this scene apart:

  1. What was God doing in the Garden? He was walking about in the cool of the day
  2. What did Adam and Eve do when they heard the rustling of God walking by? They hid themselves because they were ashamed of their nakedness.
  3. What was the first question that God called to them? “Where are you?”
  4. What is a logical inference from God’s calling out to Adam above? God wanted to have some sort of fellowship with Adam & Eve

Therefore, the best answer to the “WHY” question is that God desired to have a face-to-face type of relationship with humans, the acme of His creation. He created us last, and only we of all others that He created have the image of God Genesis 3:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness….” As a result, we hold a unique, esteemed position in all of God’s Creation.

In his book, God’s Pursuit of Man, AW Tozer writes: We cannot think rightly of God until we begin to think of Him as always being there, and there first.[1]

Tozer is correct, because God was there first in the Garden of Eden. He was waiting for Adam and Eve, and He was seeking fellowship with humans, who were not much different than you or me are today.

Moses at the burning bush is another example of the same thing that Happened in the Garden:

Exodus 3:2  And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” 4 When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5 Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 6 And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.  ESV

God was there first, and God wanted a face-to face sort of relationship with Moses, but it is not limited to the Old Testament Throughout the New Testament are examples of that, and that closeness does have a caveat: God choses the terms of that relationship, and he also determines those whom He seeks.

While God calls everyone, few respond; and fewer of the called seek to have that face-to face sort of relationship with the Creator of the Universe.

That is because this relationship goes beyond salvation by grace alone. It goes to the point where God and humans have the same mind. They have the same mind because the human is  immersed in that face-to-face relationship with God. So  when asked a question, the human does not know what s/he is about to say, but instead in simple English the human breaks down the question, and without prompting or “special effects” says exactly what the question maker needs to hear.

That is what God wants for every believer; God created Eden to demonstrate that intimacy, which He wants with every believer

We are at the beginnings of that study in Sunday worship. Come at 11:00 for the rest of the story

[1] Tozer, A. W. (2007). God’s pursuit of man (p. 3). Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread.