God had created a Utopia for mankind. Everything was perfect and ideal. It was a world without sin, sickness, and death. Understanding these details helps us to the significance of the first temptation and sin. Believing the Biblical record of Creation we also acknowledge the reasons why the world needed a Saviour.
All Things Bright and Beautiful
“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). Apart from being created complete and without any need of an evolutionary process, everything was beautiful. Not only that, but God created a very special environment for Adam and Eve, usually called The Garden of Eden. There was no want of anything because God provided for the needs of both man and beast. Adam and Eve would not have had any domestic problems either. There would have been no disagreements between their pet cat and dog! In other words, everything was in perfect harmony.
It’s Really Cool!
That everything on the physical level was perfect is without question, but God also provided for their spiritual needs too. Genesis 3:8 informs us that Adam and Eve had direct fellowship with God … “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.” Only man, amongst all the living creatures that were created, has a spiritual nature, and without fellowship with God there is a void. Here was the perfect spiritual environment for communion with the Creator. Later we will learn that Satan offered man an alternative spirituality that led to that relationship being broken.
Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s of to work we go
Perfection on every level did not mean that Adam and Eve could sit around all day watching TV and reading the newspaper! There was work to be done looking after the garden. “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it” (Genesis 2:15). What was there to do in this utopia? The word “dress” gives us some indication. Because man was created in God’s image and after His likeness, he has artistic and creative ability within him. Adam was allowed to experiment in flower arranging and plant cultivation. This is probably where he received knowledge of horticulture and farming. Did leaves drop from plants and trees due to seasonal changes and disturbance from animals and birds? We know that leaves re-fertilize the soil, therefore we must allow for foliage falling during autumn. This is not death since the plant does not die. Anyway, how did the worms occupy their time if there were no falling leaves? Both Adam and Eve were the first gardeners. They “keep” the garden up to standard. Because plant life was their daily food, they needed to gather in their supplies.
The Weather is Great!
“And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground … And a river went out of Eden to water the garden” (Genesis 2:5-6, 9). No rain, storms, thunder and lightening, not even snow existed before the Flood. The climate was perfect for man, beast and plant alike. Birds didn’t migrate, and Adam and Eve wouldn’t have taken a winter break in the South of France, but it was a “Wish you were here” setting around the globe.
Never Say Die
“And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever” (Genesis 3:22). If Adam and Eve had eaten the fruit of the Tree of Life, before Satan got to them, they would have had eternal life and would not have considered eating from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. All the sin, pain, suffering and death could have been avoided by a moment of obedience.
We can get a glimpse of what life was like at the very beginning by looking at the future state of the Earth when Christ returns. Isaiah 11:6-9 informs us, “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ 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 sea.” Here is a short list of some other things that will be restored when the New Heaven and New Earth are brought in, but it is a good idea to read through Revelation 21 – 22 for further information:
a) God will again walk with man (Revelation 21:3, 22:3-4).
b) Pain, suffering, and death will be no more (Revelation 21:4).
c) The Tree of Life will once again be on Earth (Revelation 22:1-2).
d) God Himself will illuminate the Earth (Revelation 21:23, 22:5).