Gardening, the Oldest Occupation

You live in paradise, you have a perfect body and mind, and there are no enemies: What would you spend your time doing? We explore the first assignment God gave our father Adam and the kinds of things he would have needed to think about. Plus, we look at some tasty fossils and… earthworms! [Warning: don’t read this while you eat]

Butchart Gardens Photo Credit: Nogwater

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Humanity’s First Job

Trebah Garden Photo Credit: Eva KröcherAnd the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. Genesis 2:15

Answers in Genesis makes the same case for work being a part of how we are made in God’s image.

We got most of our info on what a garden needs from the University of Illinois:

My First Garden

It has a great section on The Adventures of Herman the earthworm and he even has games!

Science Learning from New Zealand has a great little video showing how earthworms move.

Manure, Dung, and Castings: vital from the beginning

I really enjoyed reading the whole article about Greg Dalton on Creation Ministries International. Here’s what he has to say about stinky before the Fall of Man:

“So I asked Greg if dung beetles would have been in the Garden of Eden. ‘Of course’, he replied. ‘They would have ensured a healthy, safe environment for Adam and Eve and all God’s creatures. Indeed, this is why I believe that everything must have been created in a very short timeframe—six days—like the Bible says. Ecological systems demand that all the components be present from the start, otherwise it just does not work! Dung beetles cannot exist without the animals to produce the dung. And the animals rely on the dung beetles to bury the dung to keep microbes from causing disease and to fertilize the soil so that lots of grass will grow to feed the animals. They depend on each other.’”

Worm “castings” are an important part of the soil.
Not too many creationists have taken this topic on, but John MacKay has this to say as well:

“So even if a bio-waste free world might be our idea of perfection, it obviously wasn’t God’s. Especially when you consider all the trouble He put into designing the flow through machinery for removing waste solids and liquids from the human body. I am sure He had many good reasons for this and here’s a clue to one. When I eat a passionfruit, the many indigestible seeds pass through my gut and out in the faeces undigested, and they land on planet earth in a ready mixed blob of moist 100%natural fertiliser, already off to a good start.”

Living Fossil Seafood

Be sure to check out the Institute for Creation Research’s free Acts & Facts magazine. You can read it online, or have a paper copy sent to you for reading away from the screen and to share with others. I read from their most recent issue’s article Mesozoic Seafood Menu Caters to Noah’s Flood. Yum!

But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. John 5:17-19