Genesis 3:20-24

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Now the man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living. The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”– therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.

Here, we finish up the third chapter of Genesis. Verse 20 starts with yet another pointer that many who hold to evolution ignore or pass off on. Adam called his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all living. This means that there weren’t any other humans on the planet at the time (something that the gap theory proposes). Adam and Eve were the first two humans on the planet. They were the cause of sin, and every human being, because they come from Adam and Eve, are born into sin. The good news about this is that Jesus Christ also can be the sacrifice for all of the sins of every person that has ever lived.

Right after we find out about Eve, we see another foreshadowing of things to come. If you recall from our previous weeks, when man sinned against God, he tried to cover up his nakedness with fig leaves. Because man’s efforts are never enough, God kills animals so the He can make them garments of skin to cover themselves. This was the first blood shed for sin. It would be something that would be necessary for the next 4000 years or so.

God then decides to send Adam out of the garden so that he doesn’t live forever in perpetual sin. As in the first chapter of Genesis, the Us here is more than likely the “royal we” although I believe that it also points to the Trinity. Because of his sin, man has lost immortality, perfection, and most of all, fellowship with God. God sends Adam and his wife out of the garden and back to the ground that he was created from. He is to cultivate this ground like he did in the garden but, because of the curse, he will have to work harder to get less. He will now deal with thorns and thistles.

To end the chapter, we see that God stations a cherubim and a flaming sword to guard the tree of life. This is not some petty guard. It is important that man cannot eat from the tree of life and the cherubim and the flaming sword are there to make sure that it doesn’t happen. And, after being created perfect and spending uninterrupted fellowship with God, man has fallen and ushered death, disease, thorns, thistles, and sin into the world. Add to this the fact that everyone who comes after them will be cursed with sin from birth and you begin to see the gravity of what has happened in the third chapter of Genesis. If it weren’t for the promise of the one to come that will crush the head of the serpent, the outlook would be bleak for sure. But, as we’ll see next week, Adam and Eve believed in the promise and passed on that hope to their sons.

That’s all for this week! As always, if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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