Genesis 2: Walk in the Right Direction
You know, one of my favorite geographical questions to think about is where the Garden of Eden was actually located (and I do realize that it is somewhat sad that I have a favorite geographical question).
However, here is what we do know drawing from Genesis 2:10-14.
Gen 2:10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
Gen 2:11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
Gen 2:12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
Gen 2:13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.
Gen 2:14 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.
This does give us some information as to where the Garden was located, but it isn’t like we were handed the latitude and longitude. We can’t punch the address into a GPS and find our way to it.
We simply do not know where two of these rivers were, so it is hard to nail down this region as precisely as we might want to.
That being said, we know a little bit. The Euphrates River is still around today, and I could hypothetically give you directions on how to get to that river. I could put you in the right direction and at least in the proximity of the Garden.
I kind of think this is kind of how we are expected to live our lives. We are not omniscient, so we definitely don’t know or understand everything, but through the Bible and guidance from the Holy Spirit, we know that we can head in the right direction.
While it may seem frustrating that we don’t know everything, like I wrote yesterday, God has a plan for each and every one of us. We might be able to sense the direction He wants us to go in, but we won’t know exactly what that path holds or where exactly we might end up. However, it is still our responsibility to move in that direction and do what we are commanded to do.
In order to move in that direction, we do need to live in obedience. How do we do that? Mark 12:30-31 gives us a good place to start on how to head in the right direction.
Mar 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Mar 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Just like we don’t understand why everything happens in our lives, we know enough about the character of God to comprehend through the Bible how we can head in the right direction.