8 And (The Lord) Yahweh God planted a garden in Eden to the
east, and put Adam who he’d formed there. 9 And (The Lord) Yahweh
God caused all the trees, (which) were desirable,
to spring up
from the ground for appearance
and (they were) good for food, and the tree of life (was) in the middle of the
garden, (as was) the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Yahweh was the one who started the cultivation of plants and food. He planted a garden in Eden in the east, and He put the man that He’d made there in the garden. Yahweh caused all kinds of trees to spring up. These trees looked good, they were good for food, and in the middle of the garden was the tree of life. Also, in the garden was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and I imagine not too far from the tree of life, and it, too, was desirable.
The tree of life is rather self-explanatory, I think… eat its fruit and continue to live. However, it wasn’t the only tree in the garden. There were all sorts of other trees that were good to look at and to eat from.
As we’ll come to see, the issue arises around the tree of the knowledge of good and evil… so, knowing the possibilities, why did God place that particular tree in the middle of the garden with the tree of life?
God makes everything well, and it’s good for its purpose. However, I choose whether I’ll align with God’s purpose, or do what I want. Doing what I want almost always seems more attractive, but rarely brings the reward and satisfaction that I was looking for… Best to do things Gods way.
Father, thank you so much that You plant my garden. You provide the money, the food and everything pertaining to life. I also see that you test me in certain areas, and Father, I pray that You will help me to live Your way and avoid those things that are not in my best interests.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 חָמַד, חֲמֻדֹות – chamad – Strongs 2530 – (v OR n . f) – “covet/lust/strong desire/delight/pleasing/treasure/wealth (formally “coveted”) desirableness/preciousness/delight greatly/preciousness/treasured/take pleasure in” … to desire [Qal] … treasure/wealth [Qal passive participle] … to be desirable/to delight [Nifal] … to be pleasing/to delight/to greatly desire/desirableness/preciousness [Piel]
 צָמַח – tsamach – Strongs 6779 – (v) – “to sprout/spring up/to grow abundantly or thickly/to cause to grow/to cause to sprout/grow/growing/grown/springs/spring forth/sprouted/sprout up/exist/cause completion/happen … sprout/sprout up/spring up/happen/exit/ [Qal] … grow/grow abundantly [Piel] … cause to grow/cause completion/bring to fruition/cause to sprout [Hifil]
 מַרְאֶה – marʾeh – Strongs 4758 – (n . m) – “sight/a sight/appearance/pattern/vision/what is seen/clearness/huge”