“Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it…therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken” (Genesis 2:15; 3:23).
Labor has long been considered a resulting curse of sin and the fall of man. A closer reading of the passage reveals, however, that from the beginning man was created to work. The texts offer insight to two types of work. One is a blessing, the other a curse (3:17). One is rewarding, the other toilsome (3:17). Work is a blessing when it is done as an act of stewardship; keeping and caring for that entrusted to us by a merciful God. Work is a curse when viewed only as an economic pursuit and the covetous longing for more and never getting enough.