Like a Tree Planted By The Rivers Of Water
A garden is a selected area of ground that is cultivated to produce fruits, vegetables, flowers or trees. Gardens were prevalent during Bible History, when they were often enclosed within a wall of earth or stone, or a hedge, and guarded by a watchman as protection against animals and thieves. Frequently used as places of worship and prayer (by the righteous, and by pagans), gardens were also used as a spiritual analogy for God's blessings upon believers, or for the unbeliever's fruitlessness. Gardens were sometimes used as burial places, a somewhat appropriate irony, since the dead are like sown seeds with the potential of new life (see the Fact Finder question below)
The First Garden
"And The Lord God [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD] planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made The Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil." (Genesis 2:8-9 KJV) (see The Seven Days Of Creation)
Fruit, Vegetables, Flowers
"And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money." (1 Kings 21:1-2 KJV) (see also Jezebel)
"I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards: I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees:" (Ecclesiastes 2:4-6 KJV) (see also Solomon)
"My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies" (Song of Solomon 6:2 KJV)
"Blessed is the man that trusteth in The Lord, and whose hope The Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit." (Jeremiah 17:7-8 KJV) (see Christian Living)
"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the Law of The Lord [see also Your Pardon]; and in His Law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water [see also Living Waters], that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." (Psalm 1:1-3 KJV)
"And Manasseh slept with his fathers, and was buried in the garden of his own house" (2 Kings 21:17 KJV) (see Kings of Israel and Judah)
"And after this Joseph Of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. And there came also Nicodemus [see also Pharisees], which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand." (John 19:38-42 KJV)
Fact Finder: Is the body that dies the same as that which is resurrected, or did the apostle Paul, in saying "thou sowest not that body that shall be," compare the burial of the dead to a seed that is planted in a garden?
1 Corinthians 15:35-44
Note: The same principle applies to cremation. See What Happened To Tonto?