3:20-24 20 Adam
named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.
Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his
wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God
said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must
not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and
eat, and live forever.” 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground
from which he had been taken. 24 After
he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim
and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of
There are three lines of promise running through the Old
Testament that have their source in this chapter. Genesis 3 recounts the history
of the fall, but it also records the beginning of God’s redemption that
culminates in Christ. The promise of Genesis 3:15 was made to the woman through
whom sin entered the world. God’s grace ordained that through her offspring or
seed salvation should be brought to fallen humanity. This seed of the woman is
the first promise of Christ born of a virgin.
Isaiah 7:14 14 Therefore
the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth
to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Galatians 4:4 But when the set time
had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law.
The prophecy that the serpent will
strike his heel refers to Christ’s suffering when He was stricken by God for
our sins. The other half of the prophecy that the woman’s seed “will crush your
head’ spoken to the devil, refers to the victory of the Cross, including the
Resurrection. To bruise a serpent’s head is to destroy it and its power to
the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by
his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is,
The Old Testament prophecies all move toward the ultimate fulfillment of the
promise of man’s redemption through the Messiah Jesus. Women back then all
hoped the promised one would come from her or at least her line. That’s why
genealogy was so important in the Bible. They were carefully preserved to prove
the direct line of the seed of the woman to Christ.
The next line of promise has to do with sacrifices. Something to note about
God clothing Adam and Eve in animal skins was: something had to die to get
those skins. Animals were first killed on man’s behalf to cover their nakedness
caused by sin. And of course there were animal sacrifices right up to The Lamb
The third line of promise is eternal life. When God shut man out of Eden
, it was in mercy and
with a view to his future restoration. If he had stayed there and eaten from
the tree of life he would have lived eternally in a state of sinfulness.
Eternal life was to be kept safely in store for man when he should be redeemed
and cleansed from sin by Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, faith in the
promises of God, which would be fulfilled in Christ, led to eternal life. In the
New Testament we learn that faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning work on the
cross is the only way to have eternal life.
The cherubim here was a heavenly being mentioned throughout Scripture. God
commanded that their likeness should be embroidered upon the most holy veil and
carved above the most Holy Ark representing God’s presence in the temple.
Ezekiel saw them in his vision of God. John saw them in his.
Whether they are intended to be symbolical or actual fact, the
Bible portrays them as living beings, appearing in winged-animal form with
faces of lion, ox, man and eagle. Here he is guarding Paradise
with a revolving sword-like flame. Fire is often used to symbolize the holiness
(as separate from sin) of God.
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