“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.”
One mystery that has intrigued humans for thousands of years is the location of the Garden of Eden. Even Sunday school children stare at maps and carefully read Genesis 2:8 14, trying to locate it. But when we wonder where the Garden of Eden was, there are other passages in the Bible that we need to consider. Genesis 3:23 24 makes it very clear that God closed the Garden to humans – meaning no one could ever go back.
But there is even more important information in Scripture on the location of the Garden. Genesis 7:11 says that “all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.” These words about the breaking up of all the fountains of the deep suggest violent and widespread volcanic action. The geological record says that such violent action was indeed widespread.
And very clearly the opening of the windows of heaven describes much more than just heavy rain. In the Genesis Flood, the entire Earth’s surface underwent violent reshaping. We find evidence of this in fossils that are found today on mountaintops. We know that some of these creatures lived five miles below the ocean’s surface!
You can find rivers on maps today with the same names as those mentioned in Genesis. But the fact is, those rivers on our maps today are only named after their pre Flood counterparts. God closed Eden to sinful humanity and violently reshaped the Earth’s surface in the Flood. The only way back to God is through Jesus Christ.
Lord, help me to abandon all hope of finding You by my own efforts and instead trust only in what Jesus Christ has already completed for me on Calvary. Help me to teach others to do the same. In His Name. Amen.
Painting: “The Garden of Eden” by Thomas Cole.