God’s Holy Space
Father God, I want to be quiet now so that I can hear You as You speak to me through Your Word.
Read GENESIS 2:4-25
 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens-  and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to work the ground,  but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground-  the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.  Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.  And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground-trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters.  The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold.  (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.)  The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.  The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Asshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.  The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.  And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;  but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”  The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”  Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.  So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam no suitable helper was found.  So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh.  Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.  The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”  For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.  The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectWhat was Adam’s biggest problem here?
Temple imagery runs through the whole Bible. Eden is the first Holy of Holies, the place of God’s presence. Elements of the garden of Eden—a central river (10), gold and gemstones (12) and trees bringing life—are found in later visions of God’s temple (see Ezek. 47; Rev. 21,22). So when God places humans in the garden in Eden (15), they are not simply agricultural laborers, they are priestly caretakers, maintaining God’s sacred space. Their muddy work is worship. How do you view your work?
The logical outcome of Genesis 1:27 is that humans would tame the wilderness (fulfilling their calling to be like God, bringing order out of chaos) and thereby extend God’s sacred space. Since God’s Spirit came among us, sacred space is not a geographical point. We carry it with us: individually as Christians, and corporately as the Church. Do we take good care of this sacred space? Are we working to extend it?
We were never meant to do this work alone (18). Men and women are partners, made of the same substance (23), equally responsible. Do our relationships reflect this?
Pray that your relationships and work will more fully reflect God’s character and holy presence.
Creator God, may all my relationships honor You so that others may see what a great and wise God You are.