The LORD God (Yahweh) took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress (work, till) it and to keep (guard, protect) it. And He 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 shalt not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you will surely die” (Gen. 2:15-17).
The Garden of Eden is Yahweh’s garden, it is his substance—the seeds and fruits of righteousness that are fenced in, protected, and cared for by him, and controlled by the law of righteousness. In this garden of righteousness is every tree (symbol of influences) that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life (the Holy Spirit, the Anointing) is also in the midst of the garden and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The tree of knowledge is a symbol of man’s will—his right to choose. It is also a symbol of influence. See Genesis 2:8-9.
Evil is not active in the Garden of Yahweh, his garden of righteousness, because it is contrary to the law of righteousness. Therefore, when the first couple desired knowledge, that is, to experience “both” good and evil, the very desire separated them from Yahweh’s Garden of righteousness.
The first couple chose to experience good and evil—to be influenced by their five senses. They began planting their own garden, choosing their own way of life, making judgments according to the carnal realm in which they were of—fulfilling the lust of their flesh—and yet learning thereby.
Paul warned the believers, saying, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (Gal. 6:7-8).
The first couple was not “forced” under the “law” of the Spirit of righteousness, for righteousness comes by one’s own will. The Tree of Life was available to them, but they would not find it in their garden produced by carnality.
To dress and keep the Garden of Yahweh, we must till the ground of our mind, find and yield to seeds of righteousness (love, gentleness, kindness) and plant them in soil made rich by rain, the showers of blessings from the Spirit of Life, brought on by prayer, fasting, and seeking the Word of Truth. Christians, as the manifestations of the Garden of Yahweh, bears the fruits of righteousness for others to taste that they too might develop an appetite for righteousness.
In Isaiah 51:3, we find a description of the Garden of Yahweh: “For Yahweh shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden [righteous], and her desert like the garden of Yahweh; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.” The mind of the carnal man cannot produce lasting joy or peace.
Isaiah 61:11 uses a garden to symbolize those who are righteous, “For as the earth brings forth her bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord Yahweh will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.”
In Genesis 13:10, Lot compared the plain of Jordan with the garden of Yahweh because it had plenty of water/rain. Water is symbolic of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Life.
Isaiah 58:11 says, “Yahweh shall guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and make fat your bones: and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.”
If you desire to make manifest Yahweh’s garden of righteousness or to share in its abundance you must eat of the fruit, for therein is the seed that will take root in you and grow in you until you, too, produce the fruit of righteousness with the seed therein for others to eat!