God's original intent was Paradise, a perfect, exquisite and lush garden filled with all manner of God's special treats. “And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.” (2:9) Every tree was unique in its shape, vibrant in color, each with its distinctive and delectable fruit. It must have been a breathtaking wonderland for Adam, to wander through and visually take in the magnificence, smell all the fragrances, and taste the sweetness of all of the different fruit, each in their original uncontaminated state.
“The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” (2:9) These two trees are identified, whereas no others are. These two trees have been the subjects of much speculation. But one thing is certain, Adam was there and he knew what was available and what was off limits. “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, 'Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.'” (2:15-17)
Placed in the Garden of Eden, Adam had the privilege of purity and perfection. God had given him dominion over all the creation, “over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth. And God said, 'See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food.'” (1:28-30)
Adam was the appointed caretaker, boss over all living creatures and all the garden was under his management. Adam had a job to keep him busy. “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it.Â�” (2:15) All the planting was already finished. The weather was mild, the river irrigated the garden sufficiently, and everything was producing perfectly. Adam just needed to watch over the area, and enjoy the produce. But God had even more wonderful things in mind.