Sonship (6)

Genesis 13:10 tells us that Eden was the Garden of the Lord. The Lord formed for Himself a son named Adam to tend the garden (Genesis 2:15). Adam was told to steward his Father’s garden. I love the Young’s Literal Translation’s rendering of this verse:

 “And Jehovah God taketh the man, and causeth him to rest in the garden of Eden, to serve it, and to keep it.” .Adam had a responsibility to look after his Father’s garden – to serve it and keep it. In John 17:12, Jesus shows us the model for how all sons should serve and keep that which the Father has entrusted to them:

 “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled”. Jesus protected all entrusted to Him, by giving His all, in the process of serving all. And by His own admission, it was an act of service unto His Father.Sonship equates to stewardship and stewardship equates to service. We must protect and keep all entrusted to us in this life, as if it belonged to God. More to the point, we must view our stewardship as an act of service unto God the Father. And, by the grace of God, we like Jesus can stand at the end of our service and say: “I have finished the work which you gave me”.

The above translation of Genesis 2:15, reminds us that all our labours are to be birthed from a place of rest, and not by sweating and toiling. Tending and keeping (labour) were always intended to be acts of worship unto God. It must be so in our gardens also. Indeed Adam may have had to sweat for his bread post fall, but the Bread of Life both sweat and bled on the cross to redeem the fall. He then rose and He stepped out into a garden, was mistaken for a gardener, and later ascended to the Father. It is here, at the right hand of the Father that He rests, so that we who are in him, may rest also. Jesus, the New Gardener for a New Covenant, has effectively elevated working to an act of worship once again.