Section 3: Health and Life Choices, Article 10

Healthful Activity

“Yehuveh Elohim took the man,
and put him into the garden of Eden
to dress it and to keep it.”
Genesis 2:15.

t creation Yehuveh placed Adam and Eve, healthy and fit, into a perfect world and gave them instruction for a perfect life. Only hours after “Yehuveh formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul,” the sun set, marking
the evening of the first Sabbath. Yehuveh’s initial lesson for Adam and Eve was regarding this first Sabbath— their first shared day of fellowship, instruction and pure joy. “On the seventh day Elohim ended His work . . . and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made.” Just as Yehuveh had worked hard throughout “the six working days,” He rested on “the seventh day, . . . the Sabbath of Yehuveh thy Elohim.” Genesis 2:7, 2; Ezekiel 46:1; Exodus 20:10.

A Very Blessed Beginning
        Before this first Sabbath began, however,
“Yehuveh Elohim planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there He put the man whom He had formed.” “Yehuveh Elohim took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” What a perfect beginning! Yehuveh gave man gift after gift, blessing after blessing: a companion which perfectly complemented him in every way, a beautiful home, food in abundance, necessary work, a useful and practical lifestyle, a time to rest and learn, and a simple schedule. “Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest.” Genesis 2:7, 15; Exodus 23:12.
        The work assigned was pleasant in this perfect setting. Adam and Eve were to dress and to keep the garden. Plants continually grow and the gardener has the privilege of adjusting how and where they grow. To dress or train the garden involved encouraging certain growth, cutting back other foliage, retraining branches and cleaning anything that needs to be picked up, pulled up, or replanted. This work brought Adam into close contact with plants, rocks, and soil. It required movement, exertion, and creative problem-solving thought, yet is was not exhausting or labor-intensive.
This work required Adam to exercise judgment, patience and perseverance. He had opportunity to design and develop a pleasing layout for his garden home, and then make it happen. For six days he was actively engaged in this work, then he stopped and spent the seventh with Yehuveh. Life was good. “For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.” Psalms 128:2. 

Gael Bataman         
Originally Written:     24 October 2005
Latest Update:             8 January 2010

Complete Study Guide to Article 10   

Why Work?     Mental versus Physical Labor     Full Restoration to Yehuveh’s Original Plan   

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