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Eden To Eden is a study of the church by using Old Testament parallels and patterns. It begins with the Garden of Eden and shows how that physical garden parallels the church, which is the Christian’s spiritual Garden of Eden. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve enjoyed a close relationship with God as they walked with him in the garden. When they disobeyed God, that close relationship with God was broken and they were cast from the garden. Man then needed a Savior in order to once again restore that close relationship with God. Jesus was the answer and through his blood, we can once again walk and talk with God. The items and events of the people in Old Testament times were physical patterns of events that take place during the Christian dispensation. By studying these parallels, much can be learned about the church that Christ established.
A good example of this type of study is the tabernacle built by Moses in the wilderness.
The tabernacle built by Moses was a pattern of the church that was built by Jesus. Heb 8:1-2 states, “Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.”
Rom 15:4 states, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” This verse is often used to explain the importance of the Old Testament writings and the necessity of studying how God dealt with his people during that period of time. However, the events of the Old Testament have far greater meanings than simply being a record of events concerning the nation of Israel and their relationship to God. Beginning in the Garden of Eden, the people, places and events in the OT provide a pattern for the church today. By studying these physical patterns, we can greatly enhance our understanding of the spiritual church that Jesus built.
Eden To Eden begins by comparing the Garden of Eden to the church today. In a prophecy of the coming of the church, Isa 51:3 states, “For the LORD will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in it, Thanksgiving and the voice of melody.” The people of Israel suffered many physical hardships; however, today in the church, Christians find great spiritual joy and gladness. We sing with joy and give thanks to God for the redemption he provided us through the death of his Son. Our spiritual dwelling place of the church is not desolate like the physical land of Israel. Zion has been comforted. The church is the Christian’s spiritual Garden of Eden. It is where we walk and talk with God today. Therefore, God brought mankind from a physical Garden of Eden to a much greater spiritual Garden of Eden, which is the church. Experience that journey as you read Eden To Eden.
Eden To Eden is not intended to be an exhaustive study of symbolism in the Old Testament; however, as the OT patterns of the church are examined, the symbolic meanings of many people, places and events will be discussed. We hope you enjoy reading Eden To Eden.
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