From the dead dust of the wilderness the LORD makes the first man, breathing life into him. Life flowing from God to man, always a spreading goodness. Through the word, by the breath, let there be man. Man is then placed in the garden to work and keep it. This is temple language, appropriate to a mountain where Man and God can meet. One man in the temple from which blessing should flow to the whole world. The first Adam foreshadow's the second Adam - in whom a vast people will fill the world with blessing.
Then Paul commentates and says this is truly about Christ and the church (and marriage), for a vision of the man with his bride in Eden is nothing less than a prefiguration of gospel reality. A picture to make wilderness-wandering Israelites ask what has gone wrong - they're not in Eden any more? And to make us long for the better global garden and the perfect marriage of Christ and his bride.
Images of Eden by Falmouth CU members Anna Tabori, Steven Feven and Elisa Cunningham.