Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Genesis 2:8-17. In this Scripture we see that, God planted a garden toward the east in Eden; and he put the man he created there.
God made every tree that is beautiful, and those that are good for food to grow from the ground. He also caused the tree of life to grow in the middle of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
There was a river that flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it was separated into four heads.
The first river is called Pison. It flows through the land of Havilah, where there is gold. The gold of that land is good: there are also precious stones.
The second river is called Gihon, which flows through the land of Ethiopia. The third river is called Hiddekel, which flows toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.
God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it. He instructed the man, saying, “You may eat of every tree of the garden without restrictions, except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Its fruit is forbidden: if you eat from it you will die” (paraphrased).
I think of the Garden of Eden as being a place of paradise. The most beautiful place you’d ever want to see, with everything you would need provided. I’ve included a map I found online to help you get a picture of where the Garden of Eden may have been located.
Daily Bible Reading:
8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.
14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Things to think about:
- What is the name of the garden God created?
- What is the name of the four rivers that flowed from Eden?
- What restriction did God give the man in the garden?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read this passage, we learn of the beautiful garden that You created. Thank You for all the beautiful trees You created in this world, including those which are good for food. Thank You for the rivers, streams, and ocean that You created. Help us as we enjoy all these things to remember You are the creator. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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