by | Jun 27, 2023 | Leadership, Ministry Leader, Pastor, Rest, Rhythms, Sabbath

It is amazing isn’t it that the Bible never gets boring, stale, or old? In today’s episode John and Jim explore one of the many timeless principles found in Genesis chapters 1 and 2 . . . Rhythms of the Garden.


You can listen to Episode 194 here. The video version is available here.


Daily Rhythm

  • A creative burst of energy followed by a pause.
  • God did this six times . . . for emphasis perhaps!
  • Our daily work needs hard edges.
  • Our daily work needs a finish line.
  • All work and no play make us dull and anxious.


Sabbath Rhythm

  • God created Adam and Eve on the sixth day, and then God rested.
  • God blessed the seventh day and made it holy – Day 7 was different.
  • This rhythm made it into the top ten commandments.


The Overarching Garden Rhythm

  • Not only did God rest on the seventh day—so did Adam and Eve. Genesis 2:15 – “The Lord God took man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Their work started after the Sabbath rhythm.
  • Working from rest postulates that we do not work so we can rest . . . we rest so we can work.
  • Is it possible this third rhythm means that work and rest are synergists?


Why should you care about Garden Rhythms?

  • Fruitfulness
  • Longevity
  • Remembering to whom our work ultimately belongs.