“ And the Lord God took the man, and put him in the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” Genesis 2:15
The man was created by our God for specific purposes. Today we are going to look closely at what this verse is saying. What does it mean to dress and to keep? We have to look at the original meanings of these words to understand what God is saying.
Dress: Tend (Hebrew ‘abad) means: to work or serve, provide for, to till or cultivate.
Keep (Hebrew shamar) means “to exercise great care over.” In the context of Genesis 2:15 it expresses God’s wish that mankind, in the person of Adam, “take care of,” “guard,” or “watch over”, defend.. A caretaker maintains and protects.
Adam was to take care of and protect while providing that which was needed to enjoy the benefits of this place God placed him.
It was a wonderful place and perfect in every way. It supplied all that was needed and one could desire.
It was only after “the fall” that God then told the man: “In the sweat of thy face, thou shalt eat bread,” Genesis 3:19
The pleasantness of Adam’s work became toil, nevertheless it was still his assigned job to “ Provide and Protect.”
If we look closely at the 3rd chapter of Genesis we realize that man’s role never changed, his work just got harder to complete. Eve’s part got harder too when God told her that she would bring forth children with pain, and that the man would rule over her.
God never changed these roles. They remain the same today.
These lessons are truth. But for some the truth is not pretty.
Ladies with husbands: The husband (man) is to provide for and protect his family. If he is physically unable, then his helpmeet needs to help. That is what a helper does. But not to leave the family unattended just to have a career.
I will leave you here today. This mountain we are climbing could get rocky. I hope to see you all back tomorrow.
Ms. Linda Darlene