Thursday, October 8, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 8 October 2020


In The Garden


And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 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. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates. And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.(Genesis 2:8-15)


Today’s Morsel: When I was a kid, my parents always planted a pretty large garden because of the size of our family.  Back in those days, we mostly lived off what we raised.  If we went to the grocery store, it was for maybe flour or sugar.  Most everything else was raised on the farm.  One of the things I liked about our large garden was all the vegetables and melons that we grew.  I would sometimes just pretend to be a rabbit and bite the heads out of the cabbage, or just pull up a carrot and eat it raw.  No, we never considered the poison that was on them nor the dirt. Maybe that is why we were much healthier back then.  Maybe if kids played in the dirt, or we ate more dirt, we would not have so many health issues.  We came from the dirt you know.  And that is where we will return.  Think about the size of the garden that God planted and put Adam and Eve in to care for.  When was the last time you planted a garden and ate from it?  Maybe I should ask, when is the last time you met with Jesus in His Garden?  Anywhere out in nature and you are in God’s garden. Have you met with Him to see what He is growing?  He is waiting to meet with you today.  


Sing: I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses, and the voice I hear, falling on my ear, the Son of God discloses.  And He walks with me and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own; and the joy we share as we tarry there, None other has ever known.


Thought For Today:  When is the last time you met with Jesus in His garden?


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