And the Lord God made man from the dust of the earth, breathing into him the breath of life:and man became a living soul. And the Lord God made a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had made. Gen 2:7-8
When God created this earth, he did it in several steps. First he created light.
Here we are not talking about natural light – the sun, the moon, and all the stars were created later. It was his own light, his life breaking into our dimensions – as he holds everything together.
Next he built a space for his new creation to live in. He called it sky, universe. Today we call it space-time-continuum.
On the third day he made earth, dry land, and put plants and trees on it.
Now was the time to build all the bodies in the sky – planets, stars. This built the basis for years and seasons.
Then God created all animals, starting in the sea, then air, then land, and in the afternoon of the sixth day he made man.
When we are born again, the same thing happens.
First, Got again lets the light and life break into our realm. This happened on the cross. He creates a new heaven and a new earth for us to life in. But there will be no sun, moon, and stars, because God himself is our light. In the new creation, we do not need signs and shadows – we see the real thing.
Fruits: both provision as well as the fruits of the spirit.
Animals: our dominion.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, like us:and let him have rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every living thing which goes flat on the earth. Gen 1:26
And then, seemingly he creates us and puts us into this new environment.
This is how we usually understand it. But …
In Gen 2, a second account is given of the creation process. It seemingly is in conflict to the first one.
In the day when the Lord God made earth and heaven there were no plants of the field on the earth, and no grass had come up: for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to do work on the land. Gen 2:5
This is the setting for our verse today. Man was created before plants were created. Mid day of the third day. Later, when everything was created, he put man into the garden. On the third day, Jesus was resurrected from the dead.
What does that mean?
In the spirit realm, we were created much before we realized it in the natural. Let’s detail this out:
Jesus at the cross created an environment for us to live in. He let the life and light of the tree of life once again break through into our reality, and created a new heaven and earth. So far so good.
But then we were created, a new creation. We became a son of God – reconciled with God, mature.
But spiritual things need their measure of faith to manifest in the natural. Application of faith in time. We need to grow into believing what is already true. We need faith and time to change our thinking.
We need time to understand that we have everything we need. Provision. Fruit.
We need time to manifest the fruits of the Spirit. Fruit again.
We need time to grow into our authority as sons of God. Dominion.
And then we realize that we already are – sons of God. In the new creation. In Christ. We are placed in the garden.
The old is a sign and a shadow of the new. We truly are a new creation. Created just like the new one.
Are you placed in the garden already?