The Garden of “Delight”

Genesis 2:15

15 And (The Lord) Yahweh) God took the man and put[1] him in the Garden of Eden to work it and to guard it.


The Lord Yahweh took the man.  God made Adam, and then He took him and placed him in the Garden of eden.  Eden meant “pleasure, dainty, delight, finery or delicacy,” and one assumes that Adam would enjoy the benefits of such a perfect place.

However, God explicitly told the purpose of putting the man thee in the Garden of Eden, and it was twofold:

  1. To work it, and
  2. To guard it.

The Garden of Eden wasn’t a self-maintained resort, which provided Adam a life of luxury.  Instead it was a perfect place that Adam had to work to maintain.

The second reason for Adam being there is even more perplexing.   He was there to guard it, but guard it from what?  I had always thought of the Garden of Eden as the one safe place, but it wasn’t the case.  I’m only guessing, but perhaps he was to guard the plants from certain animals destroying them completely… but, more importantly, somehow, I think Adam was put there to guard the garden from God’s enemy Lucifer, who had been thrown out of heaven.  Adam’s role was to keep God’s righteousness on earth.


Father, thank you for restoring Your righteousness to me through the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus, the second Adam.  Please help me to walk in Your authority and be effective in spreading Your goodness and righteousness in the world.
In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

[1] מֻנָּח / יָנַח  – yanach – Strongs 3240 (same as nuach) – (v) – ““rest/give rest/set/settle down and remain/repose/be quiet/make quiet/cause to rest/cause to alight/obtain rest/set down/lay/deposit/leave/depart from/be left/be placed/open space/permit/allow/abandon/be in alliance/lower (formally ‘rest’)/groan/lament/wail/open space”