I was reminded that 1 Corinthians 3:9 in the Amplified Bible says, “…you are God’s garden.” Further, Jesus said that if we believed in Him, that out of our innermost being would flow rivers of living water (John 7:38). I wondered if the rivers flowing out of God’s original garden (Eden) had any kind of message relative to the rivers that are supposed to be flowing out of God’s garden (our lives) today.
These four rivers of Eden are given names and are specified from first to last in a particular manner in the Bible. The rivers are given names for a special reason. We can glean a wonderful truth from these names. These rivers are given a specific priority in relation to one another by being referred to as the FIRST RIVER, SECOND RIVER, THIRD RIVER and FOURTH RIVER. This lets us know that there is a message for us to receive. (The Lord simply does not provide information so as to merely satisfy man's curiosity. The Bible concerns salvation and God's plan for mankind.) God has a message about the ministry of His Spirit and certain priorities we must keep in mind in this list of names. We must look at these rivers, the details of their descriptions and pray for illumination as to the message the Lord is trying to convey to us.