Let’s go back to the Garden of Eden and learn about the eternal principles that were established and fulfilled in Christ, Who is the seed of the woman pictured in Genesis 3:15. Read Genesis 1–3 to refresh you about the details of the story of the beginning of God’s creation and His purpose for mankind.

The Beginning

Everything God created was very good. The creation of man was the zenith of God’s creation. The psalmist said it best when he put into perspective the creation of man:

What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of your hands; You have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen—even the beasts of the field.

Psalm 8:4–7 NKJV

Even the angels desire to look into the redemption which God has prepared for mankind.

It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look.

1 Peter 1:12 NASB

God, our creator, gave to Adam and Eve, our first parents, clear instructions concerning the garden and their responsibilities of caring for it. Genesis 2, beginning with verse 4, gives us a closer look at God’s creation. Genesis 2:7 describes the creation of Adam, the first man. Following the creation of man, the Lord planted a garden east of Eden and put Adam in that garden. The garden had beautiful trees that were pleasant to look at and good for food. The Bible names two of the trees: the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It also mentions a river that went out of Eden to water the garden and from there it parted and became four river heads. I believe those river heads were used to take man from the Garden of Eden to the four corners of the earth.