Friday, 7 June 2013

The Garden And The Wilderness


The Garden And The Wilderness
by King Julius M. Kwedhi

Through Adam’s disobedience we were moved from the garden to the wilderness. But through Christ’s obedience we are now moved from the wilderness back into the garden. The first temptation took place in the garden (Genesis 3), while the second temptation took place in the wilderness (Matthew 4; Luke 4).

The garden is the place of coolness, peace, perfection (completeness), beauty, restoration, satisfaction and joy, among the list of many such. The wilderness is the complete opposite: the place of heat, imperfection, wretchedness, brokenness, thirst, hunger, dryness, ugliness and many such as these.

Jesus came to call us into the garden; into His presence that we may walk with Him again in the cool of the day. Surely, that is where the Children of God belong. And that is where their hearts long to be always. In His presence, in the Garden of His perfect beauty.

Further Scripture Reading:
Genesis 3:8 ESV  And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

Psalms 42:1  To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah. As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.

Psalms 23:1-3 ESV  A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  (2)  He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.  (3)  He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

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