God had a plan and created everything for a purpose. Despite Adam and Eve’s fall into sin, God exercised both grace and judgement. He could have rejected them. He could even have chosen to destroy them. But no, God’s first action was to seek them out in the garden and take care of their immediate needs by clothing them in animal skins.
By their own efforts Adam and Eve tried to cover their own disobedience by covering their nakedness with leaves. (Genesis 3:7). From the very beginning, humankind attempted to ‘fix’ their own sinful behaviour, but it didn’t work. They still felt shame and fear before God. In His mercy, God clothed them with the garment of righteousness and salvation through the substitutionary sacrifice of an innocent victim, a lamb, pointing to God’s redemptive plan when Jesus Christ, the lamb of God, would sacrifice Himself on the cross for mankind (Romans 5:18).
Banishment From The Garden
After clothing them, God banished Adam and Eve from The Garden of Eden and stationed cherubim to guard the way to The Tree of Life (Genesis 3:24). It wasn’t merely an intellectual knowledge they acquired, but rather the consciousness of Evil, along with a sense of guilt, shame and fear. Their souls became twisted. Had they eaten of the Tree of Life, they would have lived forever in this state, with no hope of redemption. So their banishment was an act of mercy on God’s part. But it has always been the desire of God to bring us back to the blissful state of the Garden of Eden. He made a way for us to return by the sacrifice of Himself on the cross.
When God spoke those words to Satan, who had taken the form of the serpent, this was the very first mention of The Gospel. God was pointing to the birth of Jesus, His redemption, and His victory over Satan(Genesis 3:15).
To be continued
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