Rule, Ruin, and Redemption! Genesis 2:8, 9, 15-17; 3:15

(All Scripture is from the New King James Version unless otherwise indicated)

It all happened in a garden! Not a single garden, mind you, but what affected the history of mankind happened in different gardens! We will start with the first garden mentioned in the Bible, the Garden of Eden! As to what happened there, I begin with five verses from Genesis chapter two, verses 8 and 9, and verses 15 through 17:

     The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He 
     put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the LORD 
     God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good 
     for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, 
     and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil....Then the LORD 
     God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and 
     keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every 
     tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the 
     knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day 
     that you eat of it you shall surely die. 

The Garden of Edan was the perfect place that supplied abundantly all the needs of man:

  • Food – “…the LORD God made every tree grow that is…good for food.God provided a perfect vegetarian diet for our first parents! It wasn’t until after the flood of Noah’s time that the LORD added meat to the human diet (see Genesis 9:2, 3).
  • Environment
     ✡   It says of Adam and Eve in Genesis 2:25, “And they were 
         both naked...and were not ashamed...,” implying that the 
         temperature was constant and comfortable. 

         ➔   This was perhaps achieved by a layer of water 
              vapor covering the earth. Genesis 1:7 tells 
              us, “Thus God made the firmament, and divided 
              the waters which were under the firmament from 
              the waters which were above the firmament.” 

         ➔   The waters which were above would have consis-
              ted of invisible water vapor such as make up 
              the visible ice crystals of clouds.

     ✡   There was no rain yet, “...but a mist went up from the 
         earth and watered the whole face of the ground.” 
         (Genesis 2:5).

     ✡   The animals of Eden were herbivores, as were Adam and 

         ➔   Genesis 1:29 and 30:

                And God said, “See, I have given you every 
                herb that yields seed...and every tree whose 
                fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for 
                food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to 
                every bird of the air, and to everything 
                that creeps on the earth, in which there is 
                life, I have given every green herb for 

         ➔   It was when sin entered the world that carnivor-
              ous activity was introduced into the animal king-
              dom. Meat-eating meant the killing of animals!

         ➔   Isaiah 11:7 says that in the coming Kingdom where 
              Edenic conditions once more reign, “The cow and 
              the bear shall graze...the lion shall eat straw 
              like the ox...,a return to herbivorous living!

         ➔   But human consumption of meat didn’t happen until 
              after the flood. In Genesis 9:3 and 4, God said 
              to Noah, “Every moving thing that lives shall be 
              food for you. I have given all things, even as the 
              green herb. But you shall not eat the flesh with 

     ✡   All creation lived in perfect and peaceful harmony in Eden. 
         Isaiah 11:6 through 9 describes some creature characteristics 
         of the coming Messianic Kingdom, a return to the original 

            The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leop-
            ard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf 
            and the young lion and the fatling together; and a 
            little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear 
            shall graze; their young ones shall lie down to-
            gether; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 
            The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, 
            and the weaned child shall put his hand in the vi-
            per’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all 
            My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of 
            the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the 
  • Manual labor
     ✡   Genesis 2:15 – “Then the LORD God took the man and put 
         him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.” This 
         implies meaningful and enjoyable labor! It was after their fall into sin that hard labor began! 
         God told Adam in Genesis 3:17 through 19: 

            Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you 
            shall eat of it all the das of your life. Both 
            thorns and thistles it shall bring forth to you, 
            and you shall eat the herb of the field, in the 
            sweat of your face you shall eat bread....
  • Fellowship
     ✡   ...with another human being: 

         ➔   Genesis 2:18 – “...the LORD God said, ‘It is not 
              good that the man should be alone; I will make him 
              a helper comparable to him.’” 

         ➔   Genesis 2:22 – “Then...the LORD God...made...a 
              woman, and He brought her to the man.”

         ➔   Genesis 2:23 – “And Adam said, ‘ This is now bone 
              of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be 
              called Woman, because she was taken out of man.”

     ✡   ...with God: We are told in Genesis 3:8, Adam and Eve ...
         heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the 
         cool of the day....”

         ➔   Many commentators with whom I checked suggest that 
              this coming of the LORD God walking in the garden 
              in the cool of the day was a common occurrence, 
              even every evening!Our first parents had regular fellowship with their 

All this, and so much more…

  • …was lost through sin! Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden (see Genesis 3:23, 24) and lost all the Edenic good God had provided for them!
  • …has been lost to all mankind because of the universal infection of sin! (see Romans 5:12).
  • …is now REDEEMED (and will be fully restored) through the obedience of the second Adam, Jesus Christ! (see I Corinthians 15:45-49).
The first promise of redemption was given in the Garden 
         of Eden in Genesis chapter three, verse 15: To the ser-
         pent God said,...I will put enmity between you and 
         the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall 
         bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.	 Redemption is described more fully in Revelation 21:3, 
         4, and 5:
             And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, 
             “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, 
             and He will dwell with them, and they shall 
             be His people. God Himself will be with them 
             and be their God. And God will wipe away ev-
             ery tear from their eyes; there shall be no 
             more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There 
             shall be no more pain, for the former things 
             have passed away.” Then He who sat on the 
             throne said, “Behold, I make all things new." 
             And He said to me, "Write, for these words 
             are true and faithful.”

Notice that the title of this Gem is Rule, Ruin, and Redemption! Obviously, all three words start with the letter R.

  • And the first word is RUIN! Considering that which has been discussed above – what has it got to do with RULE? In Genesis 1:26 (1898 Young’s Literal Translation) we read:
       And God saith, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to 
       Our likeness, and let them rule over fish of the sea, and 
       over fowl of the heavens, and over cattle, and over all the 
       earth, and over every creeping thing that is creeping on the 
  • Man was to RULE over the earth as an ‘under-regent’ to the LORD God! But RUIN came when Adam lost that position by obeying Satan rather than God (see Genesis 2:16, 17; 3:6).
     ✞	 In that one sinful decision, the RULE was transferred 
         to Satan! That’s why the devil is called in II Corin-
         thians 4:4, “...the god of this world...(see also 
         Luke 4:5-7; John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11).

      Since, in John 8:44 and 10:10, we learn that the devil 
         is a murderer from the beginning, as well as a liar, 
         and he only comes to steal, kill, and destroy – Satan’s 
         RULE results in the RUIN of all the good things the LORD 
         originally gave to man!
However, in Revelation 20:6 (International Standard Version), we have this promise: “How blessed and holy are those who participate in the first resurrection! The second death has no power over them. They will be priests of God and the Messiah, and will rule with him for a thousand years.” (see also Revelation 2:26, 27; 22:5).” 
     ✞	 This is the result of REDEMPTION!

      This is the work of Jesus! So...

Now…Let God RULE in your heart!
He will overcome the RUIN caused by Satan!

Then…You shall RULE and reign with Him!
For God has purchased REDEMTION through Jesus Christ!

We will delve more deeply into REDEMPTION in the next Gem called Redemption, Resurrection, and Radiance!