The Garden Temple – Genesis 2:4-17
In the beginning God created the whole world as His cosmic Temple and it’s holy of holies was the Garden of Eden, a delightful paradise where God and man dwelt together in harmony. This is how it’s supposed to be forever. Yet paradise was lost when mankind rebelled against God’s rule and was banished away from the life giving presence of God. Thankfully God has made a way in Jesus for us to once again enter into His presence. In the sermon Pastor David traces God’s dwelling place with man from the garden through the tabernacle and temple all the way to the new Heaven and Earth in which all of creation is where God dwells with man.
Genesis 2:4-17 These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens. 5 When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, 6 and a mist [spring] was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground
7 then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
8 And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there He put the man whom He had formed. 9 And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.
The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 10 A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush. 14 And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. 15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”