Delivered By
Dr. R.E. Banks Sr.
Delivered On
June 6, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Genesis 2:8, 15
“How It All Got Started”, Msg. 5

The traditional view as to the authorship of the Pentateuch is that Moses, the great law giver, prophet, and judge, wrote the first five books of the Bible. If this is correct, they were written during the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness; the third period in the life of Moses.

Genesis records the beginnings. It sets forth several beginnings: the world, life, domestic relations, institutions, moral order, sin and consequences, God’s plan for man’s redemption, nations, and the beginning of the Messianic nation; in particular.

In some respects, Genesis is the most remarkable book of the Bible. It begins with the truth; that God is; that there is one God; and that He is the creator of the universe. Genesis teaches us that God made man and created him in His image. We are to be spiritual. Lastly, Genesis teaches us of the story of the human race and how it passes from a state of innocence into a state of sin.


Land makes us think of ground, soil or portions of earth. There are many types of land: highland, homeland, motherland. You get the picture. Wonderland is another type of land described as a secret place of your own imagination; a place to dream and be in a non-realistic situation.

In Lewis Carroll’s story of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, Alice reached Wonderland by falling down a rabbit hole. Wonderland was like a paradise with heavy woods. It was filled with well-kept gardens and substantial houses. There, Alice experienced many curious wonders of herself.

The first man, Adam, was placed in a garden that was like paradise. God gave Adam dominion over everything on the earth. God planted the garden eastward of Eden. This garden was made ready as soon as the man needed a home. It was made separate for Adam on the third day. Eden is not the name of the garden, but the name of the country or district where God planted the garden in Eden, itself. The name Eden means pleasure ground; paradise. We don’t know exactly where the site is because it is believed that after the flood that saved Noah, the waters probably altered the garden site as to make its identification impossible.

God did not place Adam in a luxurious or magnificent palace or house. He put Adam in the open air. Houses and rooftops did not appear until after the fall of man. God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and keep it. God made the man to rest and gave him a permanent dwelling place. God did not lift Adam and put him down in the Garden, God influenced Adam into the garden so that he could dress it and keep it. The garden had to be guarded against wild animals, birds, and heat. Adam had to fortify the garden from the plundering of the animals. This was his job. The garden was an abode of happiness and peace.

Was our country supposed to be a model of Adam in Wonderland? How safe would the streets in the communities be if left to Adam in Wonderland? Would there be mass shootings, acts of terrorism, and supremist groups? Would voter suppression be a dominant factor in an Adam in Wonderland world?

Adam, according to the Bible, was placed in an earthly paradise. God loved him so much that He created Adam a little lower than the angels. If we continue to press on, keep the faith, and keep looking up, one glad morning we will be able to say, in the words of John, the revelator, “I saw a new heaven and a new earth.” We will say, I saw a garden wonderland.