“And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there he put the man whom he had formed” Genesis 2:8
I have often wonder what life would have been like in Eden. What it felt like seeing God face to face and having conversations with Him. What did the garden look like? How did Adam and Eve felt when they dwelt day and night in the garden. I have envisioned a beautiful surrounding with various shades of colors and plants. I imagine Adam and Eve strolling through the garden and taking a rest by the river that flowed through and watered the garden (Genesis 2:10). I imagine a stress-free, worry-free, anxiety-free, no bills to pay or hard work to do kinda life. A place where you just name something and it becomes as named ( Genesis 2:19).
I picture God looking and saying “Wow! They sure look and act like us. They indeed were created in our image and likeness. Both the male and female (Genesis 1:26) working together in unity and in partnership like the Trinity. This must-have brought so much joy to God. A true masterpiece of his divine creation.
The Man and Woman lived in the garden and took their charge from the Lord very seriously. They ensured that they understood both the blessing and the commandment given to them by the Lord.
“And God blessed them, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
The man and woman walked in the garden exercising their God-given authority with boldness and humility. Boldness to have dominion and rule everything and yet humble before their creator. This was the perfect life in the beautiful garden eastward of Eden.
A Beauty of Eden then is a Woman created in the image and likeness of God and placed alongside Man on earth to have dominion and reflect God’s glory on the earth. This woman can thrive and fulfill her purpose and assignment as long as she pays heed to the blessings and commandments of God.
Things were going very well in the garden until one day everything changed. The woman drifted from God’s instruction and heeded to a negative and deceiving voice in the midst of the garden.
1. Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2. And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3. But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5. For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
7. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
8. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
The beautiful woman created by God with plans to work along side the man, disobeyed God and listened to the voice of something that she was supposed to subdue. She was influenced and deceived through her ears, eyes and pride. This caused the beauty of Eden to loose her place and position in the garden when the Lord God confronted her. The woman who was pulled from the side of man and called along side to equally have dominion over everything with him was now to be ruled by man. Ouch. Why? Because she heeded to the negative voice from within the garden. The very voice she was supposed to silence, had now ruined her life.
I am so glad that the Bible didn’t end there. God still loved his creation so much that he had a redemptive plan for man and woman. That redemptive plan of of God started with the woman just as the ruining plan of the enemy had started with the woman.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Jesus Christ the son of God came through a virgin birth by a woman named Mary and redeemed the Man and Woman back to their original place; the presence of God. In other words back to Eden. As a woman who is restored back to eden, you are the beauty of Eden.
Beauties of Eden are women:
- Who are determined to stay in the garden and not loose their position through lies and deception.
- Who know that God has placed them in an atmosphere to thrive, have godly dominion and become fruitful in all areas of their lives.
- Who know their worth and are not easily convinced or swayed by negativity or nay sayers.
- Who understand that living an abundant life means being less self-centered and being more Christ-centred everyday and in every situation.
- Who are bold, fearless and yet have a meek and gentle spirit from within.
In summary, a Beauty of Eden is convinced that she has been placed here on earth to focus and have an intimate relationship with the Lord God, to follow His instruction, to help others maintain God’s will, and to not allow deception, lies, negativity, allegations, or intimidation derail her from her assignment.