CONFRONTED BY GOD
“(The Lord) drove out man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed a cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way of the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:24)
Adam and Eve’s choice to eat what God had forbidden had swift and seemingly permanent results. The ESV Study Bible says, “Their choice is to disregard God’s instructions, an act of willful rebellion that has terrible consequences for the whole of creation. As a result, God’s creation is thrown into disorder, with chaotic effects that result from the disruption of all the harmonious relationships that God had previously established.”
Immediately after their choice, it was evident that sin had broken the close walk they had with God (Genesis 3:8-11). Next, they suffered a disintegration of their relationship with each other (verse 12). This is followed by a global curse causing bodily pain, relational strain, difficult work, and ultimately physical death (verses 13-19).
Humanity and the entire universe was radically corrupted with sin’s curse, causing God to have to confront mankind if redemption was ever to be found. From the very earliest days, God revealed that restoration required sacrifice. God Himself slaughtered the first living thing ever killed to reveal the high cost of sin (verses 20-21).
This first sacrifice and every sacrifice thereafter in the Old Testament were foreshadowings of Jesus’ final sacrifice on the cross. Jesus’ death is even prophesied in God’s words to Adam and Eve as he spoke to Satan in verse 15, “I (God) will put enmity between you (Satan) and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring (representing mankind); and he (Jesus) shall bruise your head, and you (Satan) shall bruise his heel (pointing to the temporary death of Jesus).”
LIVING OUT GOD’S BEST TODAY
Application of God’s Truth
Reflect on the areas in your life that you may call “mistakes” or “shortcomings” and allow God to show you if it is sin and then allow the truth to sink in that Jesus had to suffer to redeem you.