The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. Genesis 2:8
Adam, Eve, and the Garden of Eden. *sigh* Doesn’t that sound just perfect? I wonder what they did.
I’m reading the Book of Enoch. Enoch was Adam’s great-great-great grandson, Methuselah’s father, and Noah’s great-great grandfather. The Bible tells us about him thusly:
After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. Genesis 5:22-24
He was a righteous man and seems to have been God’s closest friend. The book that bears his name is, of course, purported to have written by him and contains more detailed accounts of the events of Genesis than we find in the Bible itself.
The Book of Enoch is not part of biblical canon, not taken to be the inspired Word of God. It does answer a lot of detail about the times leading up to Moses, as well as predicting the Flood and even end times. It was also part of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls discovery.
Enoch’s book is mostly known for his description of The Watchers, those of a class of angels who watched and guarded different parts of creation. He tells us the names of the Watchers who fell from perfection with God and revolted.
Among other things, they revealed to mankind secrets not meant for us; metal-working, decorative metals and precious stones, writing with ink and paper, music, and more.
When I read that, my first thought was Adam and eve – What did they do?!?
This sounds a little too much like the movie Footloose. No singing, dancing, art…nothing. Boring!
But let’s come at this from a different angle. As you walk out the door to go to work, school, or whatever you are required to attend to, do you ever look into the eyes of your dog or cat and wish you could just hang out all of the time like they do?
This isn’t a perfect analogy, I know. We are much more than pets to God. He sacrificed Jesus to be our salvation. “For God so loved the world…”
So what does your dog or cat do?
Sleep whenever they want.
Eat whenever they want.
If not alone, they probably play chase games, wrestle around, cuddle for naps, bask in the sunshine, and whatever else suits their fancy.
Adam and Eve didn’t have music, arts, nothing. At least by our standards.
They did have direct communion with God. DIRECT! They lived in Eden, which was custom-made for them. The maybe tended the garden, picked food, played with the animals, and who knows what else.
So why was it such a bad thing for the fallen Watchers to teach mankind the arts? We like them, right? They are not inherently evil. But they are those things which distract us from God. And they are things that are misused by men.
Metal-working has always been used for warfare and killing. Music and art have glorified sin as much or more than it has glorified God.
Adam and Eve didn’t have those distractions, those temptations (one was enough, right?). God and all He supplied was enough. There were no further needs to be filled.
Yes, we use music and all arts to glorify God now. David was a skilled musician. Like I said, these arts and skills are not inherently bad. They just weren’t originally meant for us. Part of me is saddened by that. I LOVE music! I LOVE reading books and watching movies! My imperfect self does not want to let those things go!
But my pets never sang, danced, painted, or wrote blog articles, and they were happy. You can read about my German Shepherd, Duchess, in last year’s article. She was a happy, fun dog.
I guess I would like to be like her; eat when I want, sleep when I want, enjoy my Master, bask in the sun, play with my fellow creatures, and basically live a carefree life.
So THAT’S what they did!