It’s no secret- I love looking up words and their meanings. Today, I thought you might like something to meditate upon so I looked up some of the words and their origin from this popular passage.
THEN THE MAN AND HIS WIFE HEARD THE SOUND OF THE LORD GOD AS HE WAS WALKING IN THE GARDEN IN THE COOL OF THE DAY, AND THEY HID FROM THE LORD GOD AMONG THE TREES OF THE GARDEN. GENESIS 3:8 NIV
From the Strong’s Concordance:
Voice: means to call aloud, proclaim
Cool: means to perceive, smell, anticipate, enjoy
Day: means daily and “as at other times”
Heard: means discern, give ear, publish
In the Garden, Adam and Eve, gave their “ear” to hear God. They anticipated His Voice. They were known by name. They published His Voice; they acted upon what they heard. They discerned through conversation what God wanted them to do through giving Him their “ear”. They gave God their attention and because they were in constant communication with Him, they understood Him. They knew what He smelled like; what it felt like to be in His presence. They were not distant or estranged; they were used to being together and they enjoyed each other.
Only sin stopped the enjoyment man had with God. But, it did not stop God from enjoying man! Our sin (going our own way and living separate from God) stops our enjoyment of God because we are estranged from Him. We don’t know God intimately and feel He cannot possibly be happy with us. Thus we do all sorts of outward things to make us feel better but they do nothing to actually build what Adam tore down: a living relationship with God.
The Good News is: Jesus the second Adam restored all things back to us just as they were in the Garden and even beyond that! Through Jesus; the Way, the Door has opened back up and we can and should anticipate two-way communication with God once again!
God is still using His Voice to call us by name and proclaim His loving kindness towards us. Did you know He’s crowned you with loving kindness? Since God has not stopped calling us, why is it we don’t hear Him? I think it’s because we have not given Him our “ear”! We must learn to listen and hear which can be a perceiving more than hearing a physical sound. And it would also help to position ourselves quietly, joyfully, meditatively in a state of mind where we are looking forward to hearing some very important information.
Give it a try. Open up your imagination. See yourself walking in a garden when Jesus walks up to you and says, “I love you.” And what happens after that- what you hear- will be very special indeed. ~Anne
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