I am continually amazed at the plans and purposes of God as revealed to us in the Bible. I happened to be listening to a preacher on one of the ‘God channels’ (do be careful!) and he drew attention to a wonderful comparison which I hope to develop here. Following the Fall, Adam and Eve are in the Garden of Eden and one of the punishments God imposes on Adam is that “by the sweat of your brow you will eat your food”. Adam’s work would be achieved only through toil and sweat.
Centuries later, the second Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ enters another Garden – the Garden of Gethsemane. Typically it is Dr Luke who records that “being in anguish, He [Jesus] prayed more earnestly, and His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground” (Luke 22v44). Such awful sweat was part of our Saviour’s anguish and agony as He achieved the greatest ‘work’ ever – our salvation. Can you see how Jesus ‘recovers’ all that Adam lost – but only starting through garden sweat of an intensity that we cannot begin to imagine? Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
Our own ‘garden sweat’ still remains – but let us remember Jesus’ loving invitation to “take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11v29). Jesus offers to ‘plough alongside us’, to assist us in our work so that our sweat may become tears of joy.
Peace and Grace