Psalms 139:14
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14  I praise You, for I am awesomely, wondrously made; Your work is wonderful; I know it very well.

o-d’-KHA AL KEE no-ra-OT nif-LAY-tee nif-la-EEM ma-a-SE-kha v’-naf-SHEE yo-DA-at m’-OD

יד  אוֹדְךָ עַל כִּי נוֹרָאוֹת נִפְלֵיתִי נִפְלָאִים מַעֲשֶׂיךָ וְנַפְשִׁי יֹדַעַת מְאֹד׃

 139:14   Your work is wonderful

Ancient ruins at Beit Shean

Many of the Sages and commentators see references in this psalm to the story of Adam and Chava. The early awareness of Hashem, the fashioning of men, the ascending and descending to find God, as well as the notion of the first darkness to befall him, are all reminiscent of this biblical story. Where might this story of the Garden of Eden have taken place? According to Resh Lakish, a Babylonian scholar in the Talmud (Eiruvin 19a), “If the Garden of Eden is in the Land of Israel, then Beit Shean is its gate.” Ancient Beit Shean was located at the intersection of the Jezreel valley and the Jordan Valley. There, the Gilboa mountain waters emerge into lush springs at the foot of the mountains creating an oasis of water, vegetation, and warm climate which served as the impetus for the thriving ancient city of Beit Shean. Perhaps it is this place, reminiscent of the Garden of Eden, which inspired the psalmist to write about the advent of man and his nascent relationship with Hashem.

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  • 139:14 Wonderful are Thy works

    We are told and I can see that in this psalm were the connection comes in of the creation of Adam & Eve and yes the very Garden of Eden. Some say perhaps were it may even had laid. They bring up mans early awareness of God, yet they seem to forget how god was there from the beginning when he breathed the breath of life into Adam thus creating a living soul. Adam therefore saw God and most likely talked to him for the very first time right there and then. It wasn't until after we left the garden in disgrace did we realize just how much we had fallen. from the very light of our Father God's Grace. Indeed as we hear in this psalm it was mans first realization how far we had fallen into darkness that first of the Blackest of Human days.

    What we forget is that in the Bible the gate to the Garden of Eden is guarded by a warrior angel ,
    “Therefore the LORD God expelled the man from the Garden of Eden so he would work the ground from which he had been taken. After he had expelled the man, the LORD God placed winged angels at the eastern end of the Garden of Eden, along with a fiery whirling sword, to prevent access to the tree of life.” –Genesis 3: 23-24

    We are also told of a place that has inspired the psalmist to think that perhaps the gate to the garden of Eden is perhaps in Israel. Perhaps is. Put this location out of our realm and places safely in the spiritual for the time being by God. The area which the psalmist is indeed one of a kind and indeed a dream in so many way. Then how much more beautiful can God perfection be in a garden of His growing without corruption. Indeed a place beyond what any man can imagine, indeed.

    The first man, Adam was born in the arms of God in the moment God's breath filled Adam's lungs and Adam's soul left the GUFF and Adam became a living, a breathing self aware soul. Man and God knew one another from the very beginning. It was man that abandon God. God never left us, never. The secret to live is man finding our way back to the God of Israel. This is what our lives would have always been about. The journey is to find our way back home to God. Amen. Carl


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