Workman Worthy of His Hire

Aiming at a picture of the perfect life in the garden and the need to still pursue those basics that Adam pursued in the garden even after the fall, with the idea of the extra work involved because of the fall.

From Mark Steyn. “Work” and “purpose” are intimately connected: Researchers at the University of Michigan, for example, found that welfare payments make one unhappier than a modest income honestly earned and used to provide for one’s family. “It drains too much of the life from life,” said Charles Murray in a speech in 2009. “And that statement applies as much to the lives of janitors — even more to the lives of janitors — as it does to the lives of CEOs.” Self-reliance — “work” — is intimately connected to human dignity — “purpose.”

So what does every initiative of the Obama era have in common? Obamacare, Obamaphones, Social Security disability expansion, 50 million people on food stamps . . . The assumption is that mass, multi-generational dependency is now a permanent feature of life. A coastal elite will devise ever smarter and slicker trinkets, and pretty much everyone else will be a member of either the dependency class or the vast bureaucracy that ministers to them. And, if you’re wondering why every Big Government program assumes you’re a feeble child, that’s because a citizenry without “work and purpose” is ultimately incompatible with liberty.


Text: Gen 2:15-25  We are focusing on the work Adam did in the garden, the exercising of his mind in naming the animals and his beautiful relationship with Eve; “they were both naked” and felt no “shame”.

I. Labor in Work

Ps 128:2-6 A beautiful picture of enjoying the prosperity that your labor brings, your wife, your children and your grandchildren.

Eccl 5:18-20 Working and enjoying life should keep us occupied.

Gen 3:17-19 The curse on the man. Working the ground and keeping the trees was seemingly effortless in the garden but now that would all change. Everything would change and every activity in life would require effort and work, (by the sweat of your brow) which is why the default for a man is laziness in all things. (That is why he needs a wife and children)

II. Labor in Intellect

Eccl 1:13 We are meant to wrestle with the “whys” of life. It exercises our minds.

Ps 111:2 Before Darwin scientists could make sense of things because they understood that there was a creator that made things in a way for us to be able to understand that He was the creator.

Prov 2:1-6 The beauty of applying our hearts to obtain wisdom (doing the right thing at the right time) and getting something from God to enlarge our understanding.

1 Cor 3:18-20 The futility of wisdom without God.

From Stephen Meyer’s “Signature in the Cell”. He got this from “Cat in the Hat comes Back” where a Voom is produced to clean up the mess. “Origin-of-life researchers have been looking for their “Voom” for over fifty years, a process that can, once and for all clean up the problem of explaining the origin of information.”

The foolish pursuit of evolution should have crumbled at its inception, but the demonic power that went with the idea won over many converts with the next verse giving us the results.

Rom 1:18-25 The rejection of seeing the glory of God in nature will lead to perverted sexual appetites being let loose.

III. Labor in Relationships

The struggles in marriage, work relationships and children.

Eph 5:22-26 A perfect picture, but why is it so difficult to obtain.


Col 3:18-25 Same picture, carrying over into the workplace with the added thought that those of us who can manage this will get God involved to help us in our relationships.

Gen 3:16 The curse on the woman. Yes, she needs a man, but she also wants to rule over him, thus the difficulty for all women to follow the directions of the Lord to submit to their husbands. Since the husband’s default is laziness (because of the curse) he is only too willing to give up leadership to please his wife.


All of this labor is worth it. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord. The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. He who finds a wife finds a good thing and favor from the Lord.

About hansston

Pastor a church in Sparta.
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