According to the time line in Genesis, man was put in a garden after his creation and his work was ascribed to him. “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” Genesis 2:15. God designed our body to be physically active. This is apparent from looking at the physiology of our bodies. The body is clearly designed for movement. This is seen in the skeletal frame that contains joints for movement and by the muscular covering of this frame. The muscular covering is complemented with ligaments and tendons to attach the muscles to the bones and cause movements as the muscles contract and release. We also have thumb and finger opposition which is ideal for the manual dexterity required for gardening and other manual activities in Eden. We are told, “Exercise in the open air should be prescribed as a life-giving necessity. And for such exercises there is nothing better than the cultivation of the soil.” The Ministry of Healing, 265.
According to Ecclesiastes 5, man is to rejoice in his labor as being a gift from God. One of the benefits of exercise is that the laboring man will have sweet sleep, which is seen in verse 12. A good day working in the sunshine and fresh air will do much to help us get a good night’s rest.
Ecclesiastics 9:10 cautions man, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do [it] with thy might; for [there is] no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave, whither thou goest.” God asks us to do all things to the best of our ability because once this life is over, we cannot change from the grave what we have done in life.
“There are but few who realize that, in order to enjoy health and cheerfulness, they must have an abundance of sunlight, pure air, and physical exercise.” Daughters of God, 175. If you do not have a regular exercise program, won’t you start one today?
Recipe – Esau’s Pottage
1 cup rice (uncooked)
2 cups lentils (uncooked)
4-6 large garlic cloves, minced
1 large diced onion (to taste)
1 to 1 ½ Tbsp chicken-style seasoning
1 tsp cumin (to taste)
Cook rice and lentils in separate containers for about 45 minutes. Add salt to taste. While these are cooking, in a large frying pan, sauté the garlic cloves and onion. Add the cooked rice and lentils to the garlic and onion. Then add the chicken style seasoning and cumin. Adjust salt, seasonings, and liquid as desired. Simmer for about an hour to blend flavors. Serve and enjoy.