GARDEN OF EDEN Living Water to NSEW

That Same Other World
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Garden of Eden

And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads” (Gen. 2:10). These became four mighty life sustaining ecosystems within the cradle of civilization. The Garden of Eden was the home that God placed Adam and commanded him to “dress it and to keep it” (Gen. 2:15) meaning to guard and govern, much like our own homes today. Garden is translated from the Hebrew ganan (gaw-nan) (1598) in scriptural referances from Garden of Eden passages. Ganan is defined as, a hedge about, as in to protect and defend. Also the unabridged translation from the Hebrew language (source below) adds that the Garden of Eden was pleasure, soft, to live voluptuously and delight self. Such a place is held in such high regard.

Author in 1982 holding "Bible Readings for the Home" distributed by SDA.
Author in 1982 holding "Bible Readings for the Home" distributed by SDA. | Source

An Internal Source of Strength!

Home is a place where the issues of life have their origin. Home should have every component to satisfy mankind. As a garden which blooms whatever is cultivated, our homes should be a cherished place worthy of adoration. Jesus said, "He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." When Jesus spoke of this living water, He spoke not of Eden or a natural river "But this spake he of the Spirit"... (John 7:38-39).

Jesus spoke of a spiritual place inside of man. The inward part of man that we call the heart and the ancients called the belly; it is where man draws his inner strength, his Comforter. "Which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified" (John 7:39b). The Word of God is essential, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). It is the Principle which reinforces the requirement that the essence of man primarily must be sustained by spiritual nourishment from the Word of God.

And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. (Genesis 2:10) He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7:38)
And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. (Genesis 2:10) He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7:38)

Living Waters

Now the spirit sustains the man from the words of a person's mouth, coming from the heart (belly), just like the river that flowed from Eden sustaining life on the planet before man sinned. The river naturally flowed out of Eden to nourish living things. This nameless river which flowed out of Eden was parted into four distinct rivers. It was the source of life for the agriculture which sustained Adam s’ herbivorous diet (There was no mention of slaying of animals until, after the fall of man, perhaps meat was first eaten alongside of roasted sacrificial offerings).

The number four represents the earth and is designated as the earth number amongst Bible scholars. The division of the river into four heads represents the rate of geometric reproduction of mankind upon the earth. This parting into four heads also represents the four Gospel writers Matthew, Mark, Luke and John: writing to different audiences for the same purpose representing the totality of all directions (NSEW) in which the good news is to travel catching up to the rate in which the population increases for the opportunity for all to be saved. “Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts.” This represented the total brokenness our Lord and Savior endured for us on the cross.

Man Working on a Field
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Labor

The Garden of Eden was Adam’s home and work-place. Work only became laborious after Adam broke Gods command. Work was originally meant to bring pleasure. After giving Adam a job, before Eve came, God commanded Adam not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This command was broken and man’s punishment was to toil and sweat then die. This is when man's work became laborious. Nevertheless, man's location in Eden, Heaven was literally upon the Earth, man’s work was pleasurable and unimpeded by ungodly naggings and puny distractions.I am serving up findings by setting an Old Testament scripture (Genesis 2:10) in the light of a New Testament scripture (John 7:38).

SIFTING: The process of separating or filtering the good from the bad, the desirable from the undesirable.
SIFTING: The process of separating or filtering the good from the bad, the desirable from the undesirable. | Source

Filtered

Etherael conversation filters through my soul and arrives at my brain. I must comment of my surroundings, the failed attempts the efforts tried or handed to me from others. These must be purified and transformed into good conversation. As a fountain flows bringing only cool refreshing life giving water.


Greek Hebrew Key Study Bible, (1989) by Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D. (Iowa Falls Iowa: World Bible Publishers, Inc.)

Flow Flow Flow Flow

John was inspired to write, “out of the belly shall flow rivers of living water” the two statements are the same on two different dimensions that characterizes God's dealings with man during each respective era; the natural law dominate during the Age of Innocence or the spiritual law in place currently during this Age of Grace.The Greek meaning for belly corresponds to the Hebrew meaning for the word Eden gan.1588 The Hebrew word garden (ganan) is comparable to the Greek word Belly (2836) (khaw-shak) defined as: cling, i.e. join, to love, delight, to deliver, have a delight, have a desire, set in love. God inspired Moses who wrote, “a river went out of Eden.”

OT- Old Testament

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Ann1Az2 4 years ago from Orange, Texas

Reginald, I always love it when people compare the Old Testament with the New. This was great! And I, like Tamarajo, now have something to ponder. It never occurred to me about the four rivers and the four gospels.

Well done and voted up.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Very interesting. I found most fascinating the 4 rivers that flowed from the Garden of Eden as images of the four Gospels going out along with the concluding scriptures.

His Word always confirms His Word.

Thanks for much to ponder.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

There is a good deal of life in this message post. It's amazing at how words and numbers mean so much within the Bible. Thanks for sharing.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

You are welcome. I am glad you are going to keep doing that. It will help people understand more. At least people like me :)


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Reginald Boswell 4 years ago from Alabama Author

Michelle: I will include Author's Notes @ the conclusion to each hub to complement the subject giving insight into my state of mind during the composition of my essays, this was the first.

THANKS 4 the ENCOURAGEMENT


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

What a wonderful hub. Written very well describing and why we live the way we live now. What Jesus taught us. The author's note was very good.

Thank you for this hub.

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