In Genesis 2:8-9, the Lord God planted a garden in the east, in Eden, and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground, the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, along with the tree of knowledge of good and evil. M136
Jesus planted a garden in the east. Isn’t that interesting?
Of all the things that Jesus did, He planted a garden in the east. Why planted? Why a garden? Why in the east?
Let’s see if we can figure this out by understanding each thing Jesus did. First, let’s look at the word planted as defined in Merriam-Webster.
- to put (a seed, flower, or plant) in the ground to grow
- to fill (an area) with seeds, flowers, or plants
- to put or place (something) in the ground
- to place (animals) in a new locality
- to stock with animals
- to place firmly or forcibly
- to covertly place for discovery, publication, or dissemination MW22
When Jesus planted. He wanted to put a seed in the ground to grow so that it would fill an area with more seeds or plants. He would later place man and animals there after He stocked it with animals. Jesus planted a place for discovery.
What was the place Jesus planted?
Jesus planted a garden! To begin to understand why He planted a garden, we first need to look at the definition of a garden as defined in Merriam-Webster.
A garden is defined as:
- an area of ground where plants (such as flowers or vegetables) are grown
- a public area with many plants and trees
- a large stadium or building for sports or entertainment
- a plot of ground where herbs, fruits, flowers, or vegetables are cultivated
- a rich well-cultivated region
- a container (as a window box) planted with usually a variety of small plants
- a public recreation area or park usually ornamented with plants and trees
- an open-air eating or drinking place
- a large hall for public entertainment MW23
Jesus planted a place for entertainment, an open-air place for eating and drinking. A place for recreation ornamented with trees. A container in a rich well-cultivated region. A garden!
A garden is a well-cultivated region, and that is why Jesus planted a garden only after man was formed. For this is why in Genesis 2:5, no shrub of the field was yet on the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. M137
After man had been made to cultivate the ground, the Lord God planted a garden.
Where did Jesus plant the garden?
In the east.
In Matthew 24:27 Jesus tells us where He will be coming from.
For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. M138
What did the wise men see when Jesus was born in the flesh?
Matthew 2:1-2 has the answer.
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod, the king, wise men came from the east to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who was born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”M139
Whose star did they see?
They saw His star, and the direction of His star was in the east.
In Genesis 1:14-18 God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be signs to indicate seasons, and days, and years. Let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. Then God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. Then God saw that it was good. M140
When God created the stars, He used them as a sign in the heavens, and when the wise men came from the east to Jerusalem they asked where is He who born King of the Jews? For they saw His star, His sign in the east and came to worship Him.
Jesus had a star that served as a sign of His birth, in the east. It was in the east that the Lord God (Jesus) planted a garden.
The man was not formed by Jesus in the garden. Instead, he was taken from the place he was formed and placed in the garden. We see that recorded in Genesis 2:8-9.
The Lord God planted a garden in the east, in Eden, and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground, the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, along with the tree of knowledge of good and evil.M141
After the man had been placed in the garden, Jesus made to grow from the ground every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.
What did Jesus make grow from the ground?
Trees! Jesus loves trees, and from the ground, He made to grow every tree that is pleasant to look at and good for food. Isn’t that interesting?
In Genesis 1:11-12 God said, “Let the earth produce vegetation plants yielding seed and fruit trees on the earth yielding fruit after their kind with seed in them.” And it was so. The earth produced vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind and trees yielding fruit with seed in them after their kind. And God saw that it was good. M142
God told the earth to produce plants and fruit trees. And like it says in John 5:19, Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do. For whatever He does, likewise, the Son does. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all things that He Himself does. And He will show Him greater works than these so that you may marvel. M143
God told the earth to produce plants and fruit trees, Jesus likewise got the ground to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food in the garden.
Speaking of trees, we know that in Genesis 2:9 it says, out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, along with the tree of knowledge of good and evil. M144
The tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil were in the midst of the garden. The word midst in Merriam-Webster means:
- the middle area or part of something
- the interior or central part or point
- a position of proximity to the members of a group
- the condition of being surrounded or beset MW24
What this means is those two trees were in the middle part of the garden, they were in the central part and within close proximity to each other and surrounded by other trees.
The tree of life sounds like another parable. It’s like a riddle that needs to be explained. It also reminds me of the parable Jesus spoke about regarding the mustard seed.
In Matthew 13:31-32 Jesus tells us this parable, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field. This indeed is the least of all seeds, but when it has grown, it is the greatest among herbs and is a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches.” M145
In this parable, Jesus talks about the kingdom of heaven and a mustard seed that grows into a tree.
The kingdom of heaven is also spoken about in Matthew 18:21-35 where Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle the accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. But since he was not able to pay, his master ordered that he be sold with his wife, their children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
“So the servant fell on his knees, pleading with him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.
“But that same servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe.’
“So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and entreated him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’
“But he would not and went and threw him in prison until he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what took place, they were very sorry and went and told their master all that had taken place.
“Then his master, after he had summoned him, said to him, ‘O you wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, even as I had pity on you?’ His master was angry and delivered him to the jailers until he should pay all his debt.
“So also My heavenly Father will do to each of you, if from your heart you do not forgive your brother for his trespasses.” M146
Jesus shared a very interesting nugget in Matthew 18:23.
“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.” M147
We know from Revelation 19:16 that, on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. M148
It is here that Jesus gave us the nugget on what or who is the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus is the kingdom of heaven.
JESUS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN