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A River Divided

In the Word

A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers (Genesis 2:10).

Of the Word

Many have attempted to find the exact location of the Garden of Eden because they believe finding it will enable mankind to return to perfection. Locating the four rivers mentioned in Genesis 2 — Pishon, Cush, Tigris, and Euphrates — would certainly be the key, but only two of them are identifiable in this modern era. We will never know for sure where God placed the garden that was home to Adam and Eve.

Our God’s presence is not merely limited to a singular earthly location. Jesus tells us, “My kingdom is not from the world” (John 18:36b). We do not have to go out looking for the Garden of Eden or search for God’s presence in our lives. Through the waters of Holy Baptism and the words of the Bible He has already come to us.

God comes to us, His children, so that by His grace we would believe in His holy Word. By His grace through our faith in Jesus Christ we will one day be with Him in heaven … God’s perfect Kingdom of Glory.

Walking with my Lord

Creator God, You have come to me with love, grace, hope, and peace. Guide, guard, and protect me as I await the coming of Your Kingdom of Glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Mustard Seed: Water of Life. Michael Heckmann, author. 1/28 ©2013 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

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