Genesis 2:8 indicates that the Lord God planted a garden in Eden on the east side and he put the man, whom he had formed, there. What is interesting to note is that God planted a garden and from these words and the words of Jesus, we can learn that God the Father is the gardener (John 15:1). We know from the creation account that God, like a gardener, got his hands dirty in the dust of the ground (from where he fashioned his creation).
The Bible teaches us that the word of God is a seed that needs to be sowed (planted) so that it can take root and bring forth fruit (Luke 8:11). It also advises that those who sow sparingly shall reap sparingly and those who sow bountifully shall reap bountifully (2 Corinthians 9:6). God planted and so must we (plant bountifully). The Apostle Paul said that he “planted” and Apollos watered, but it was God who gave the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6).
Points to ponder:
Our job is to plant and to water (nourish) but it is God who gives the increase, but he cannot do so, unless we plant. God is the gardener; Are you one? Am I one?
Genesis 2:8 (KJV)
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.