In this episode of The Stewardology Podcast, we are taking a look at a Biblical example of stewardship. Today, we will start right at the beginning in Genesis 2 with God calling Adam to work.
Genesis 2:15 – “The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”
God’s Placement of Adam
God PUT Adam in the MOST beautiful / pleasurable place on earth! God did not only put Adam in the Garden to rest and enjoy creation, but also to work. God could have created the Garden so that it never needed additional work, but even before the curse, God had a plan for Adam to work it and care for it.
God’s Purpose of the Placement of Adam
God commissioned Adam to cultivate the garden (v.s 15). He was to look after the Garden. He was to dress (abhadh) it. The word means to work, till, cultivate, dress, and serve the Garden. Matthew Henry’s Concise commentary says that, ‘The garden of Eden, though it needed not to be weeded (for thorns and thistles were not yet a nuisance), yet must be dressed and kept’.God created within creation a need for it to be tended, specifically those plants and trees that provide produce for consumption.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
Work Glorifies God
God worked when he created all of creation, and created man and woman in His image. God created Adam with an intrinsic call to work, even before the fall of mankind. Because God created us in His image, and because we all stem from Adam, we are called to work. When we work, we reflect the glory of God. Working is good because, when we work, we obey the divine mandate to work. To the extent that we do not work, to that extent we do not reflect fully or accurately the image and the glory of God. Humans are the closest thing in all of creation that reflects the image and glory of God. We should bear that image well.
Let Ephesians 6:5-9 encourage you. When you work as unto the Lord, you do the will of God from the heart. Remember the promise of God, he sees your work and efforts. If you are doing your work as unto the Lord, he will see it and he will repay. Work from a sincere heart and a love for God
“Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.”
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