Okay, maybe it was three gardens – Eden, Gethsemane (olive grove-John 18), and where the tomb was (Mary thought Jesus was the gardener – John 19). Since this post is all about shadows and types I am sure that “finer lines can be drawn” but my pen is wide today. I am also aware that I may/will not catch all of the similarities. I will add as more become apparent. Perry Stone makes a case that the gardens are in the same geographical location, that Eden and Jerusalem occupy the same ground.
- Adam – The first Adam let sin in; the second Adam (Jesus) made a way out of sin.
- Tree – Eden had the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the middle of the garden. Jesus’ tree was in the middle and separated the good from the evil. One man asked to go to His Kingdom while the other man mocked Jesus.
- A choice – Adam choose to eat the fruit and disobey God for earthly gain. Jesus chooses to drink from “the cup” for a heavenly gain.
- Deceived – Satan-> Eve-> Adam; Satan-> Elders/Judas -> The Crowd-> Jesus. Part of this is also betrayal – Adam betrayed God, Jesus did not.
- A woman – The First Adam had his First Eve. Jesus, the Second Adam, would have the Church. The First Eve became the “mother of all the living”, the Second Eve is the mother of all those who are born again.
- Sweat – There are two references to sweat in the Bible – Genesis 3: 19 and Luke 22: 44. Both mention the ground! Adam’s work would produce sweat and Jesus’ work caused Him to sweat “great drops of blood” that fell to the ground”.
- Thorns – Adam would have to fight with them. Jesus would have to wear them! (See Thorns.)
- Fig Tree – (See Figs) I still believe the “desirable fruit” was a fig. Adam and Eve clothed themselves with its leaves, and Jesus cursed a fig tree on Tuesday of Holy Week. Jesus’ teaching on Tuesday, as recorded in Matthew and Luke, is about His Kingdom and show how the “fruit” of the Kingdom of God is what is important (Matthew 21: 43,44).