Friday, November 5, 2010
The First School
Christians look to the creation of Adam and Eve as an example of individuals made in the image of God. Their garden home and how they lived in it are a model to the human race. Adam and Eve were students of the Creator of the universe. The garden of Eden was their classroom and nature was their textbook. Can you fathom how amazing it would be to have God as your school teacher? What an opportunity! The one who created everything and who had all knowledge taught to His creation the secrets of the universe. Chemistry, physics, mathematics, astronomy, engineering, biology, art design, history of the universe, music, philosophy, language, are only a sampling of subjects that Adam and Eve studied in their communion with God as their teacher. As we observe the life of Adam and Eve before sin entered the world, we discover that God commissioned Adam and Eve to take care of the garden [Genesis 2:15]. Although they lived in a sinless, perfect world, they were not left to languish in a field of flowers! They were given the assignment of learning the secrets of the universe [study]. Useful employment was given to them, as they were to take care of the garden [work]. God’s love reflected upon their hearts as they cared for one another in perfect love [service to others]. God designed the lessons He taught them in their Eden home to teach them completely, encompassing their intellect, physical strength, and spirit in communion with Him and with one another. The garden of Eden represented all that God desired for mankind. The desire of His heart was that Adam and Eve would have children, grandchildren, and future descendants that would establish homes and schools just like the one He modeled for them, and that they would reflect the knowledge of His glory. The first school was of the God of creation.