Since the very beginning, God has destined mankind to be keepers or guardians of the land. According to Genesis 2:15, God took man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it. It is interesting to note that the Hebrew root word for garden is to hedge about, to protect and to defend. And Eden means “the region of Adam’s home”, or his region, his land. So “Garden of Eden” literally means to protect, to defend and build a hedge around your region. Adam’s failure in keeping God’s charge to him resulted in disastrous effects for all mankind. I have to ask myself, am I putting a hedge around my family, my church, my region where God has placed me? Am I doing the best I can to protect and defend my region, the land God assigned to me?
In real-estate law, when you own land, you own all that is growing on the surface and/or attached to the land (surface rights), what is beneath the surface (mineral rights), and also the airspace above the surface (air rights). Are we, the church, using all that God has given us, equipped us with, to put a hedge around our region, to protect and defend everything on the land, below the land and everything above the land from the “prince of the air” (Eph. 2:2) and his cohorts?