Not On My Watch
by Clarence Boyd on February 18th, 2017

In Genesis 2:15 the Bible reveals: “The Lord took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” At this time the man was the only one physically in the garden.  There was no other human being there with him.  He was alone with his Creator. It was at this time that God gave him instructions that would forever portray his commitment to the Word of the Lord. God put Adam in a place uniquely prepared for him. His responsibility was clear—he was to work the garden and to take care of it. The KJV interprets his responsibility this way: “he was to dress it and keep it.” The Amplified Bible reads: “he was to tend and guard and keep it.” Regardless of the interpretation, it is clear that the man was responsible for the garden and everything in it.
It must be noted that the woman was not yet in the garden physically, but she was in the man. It is evident that the time would come when the woman would join the man in the garden. However, until that time came it was imperative that the man learned his lessons well.  He must master tending the garden. This work means to pay attention and to apply oneself.  He was also responsible to guard the garden. The word guard implies that someone is responsible to carefully be on watch for possible danger, threats, or problems. A further meaning involves a person whose job or duty is to watch and protect someone or something. Thus we conclude that Adam was responsible to keep the garden as God had created it. The man knew the Lord’s expectations because he received them directly.
Every man must realize this responsibility while understanding the value of this lesson. God had entrusted to man His creation. He was to manage it, but never alone. It was the original intent of the Creator that both the man and the woman would oversee this responsibility together. However, this would require that the woman understand the commands of the Lord in the same way the man did.  Adam’s responsibility was to communicate more than just words spoken to him, he was to represent the leadership of the one who had spoken to him. Hindsight reveals that Adam shared the words, but did not maintain the order. His greatest challenge was the woman and the failure took place on his watch.  Men must realize that the mandate to work and take care of the garden is still his greatest priority.  May men today take to heart their duty to watch and protect their wives and children so that the mistake is not repeated on their watch.

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