‘a river watering the garden flowed from Eden..’
‘…a river of the water of life flowing down the throne of God and of the Lamb…on each side of the tree of life. What supplied all the water that flowed from Eden? In the earlier verse5-6 we read that God had not sent rain on the earth… but streams came up and watered the whole surface of the ground.’ God put Adam in the garden to work it and the river is a natural consequence of the streams or mist that arose from the earth. Chains of events that make a garden and keep it flourish originate from causes that are not readily apparent to us. God’s blessings become so natural and man accustomed to them do not trace it from the first cause. Wisdom and Power of divine Will made the Garden and the man. Interaction between the two are guided by laws of nature so man in knowing the seasons and days shall get the best of the work of his hands.
In the verse 8 we read that ‘God had planted a garden..’ and it does not imply that He directly involved himself in it but it was natural as the ground had to be watered first and seeds have to be dropped by wind and birds and find a soil that was amenable to growth. A garden is an area where many chains of events have to come in agreement as fortune or lack of it, for a man in any enterprise will depend on many fortuitous circumstances. In such equation where does God come in? His wisdom and power shall in each circumstance impress adequately with events that the final result shall be in harmony with the divine Will. For God it is as though he himself set about accomplishing it.