Genesis 3:20-24 – The Inverted Way

20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.  

 21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.  

 22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.  

 

Mankind had been created in the image of God.  He was created with a body, soul, and spirit and before the fall, before Adam and Eve give in to the flesh, they were in complete fellowship with God in the garden, being ruled in this order:

Spirit for fellowship, the life giving soul, and the fleshly body.

This perfect fellowship between each other and God was broken when they gave into their fleshly appetite and now as a result we were all born with this inverted intention.

I am ruled by the desires of the body (Ephesians 2:2-3)

What must be done to make things as they once were when we are born into this inverted way?

Jesus gives Nicodemus the answer;

We must be born again (John 3:5)

We must be born of the Spirit in order to fix this dilemma.  But in order for us to be born again, then something has to die!!!

Something had to die for God to make coats of skin for Adam and Eve to clothe them; blood had to be shed (Hebrews 9:22)

Those innocent animals had to die to cover their sins.  Innocent blood had to be shed.

The same must be done for us, yet something doesn’t have to keep dying for us because we have the perfect Sacrifice for our sins, Jesus Christ

Isaiah 53:5-6

But that is not all;

Yes He died on the cross, but He still lives!!

1Peter 3:18

He was raised from the dead and He now sits on the right Hand of God.

Now we have fellowship with God because He LIVES!!!

Romans 8:22-39

So, now Adam and Eve are cast out from the garden, from fellowship with God, and things are about to get very hard for them.  They are now in contention between themselves and the rest of creation.  Had it not been for the grace of God once more, they might have remained in this state forever.

God’s grace is seen as He deals with sinners

In seeking Adam (Genesis 3:9)

The Bible is God’s search for man (Luke 15)

In all these parables, a search is called for that which is lost:

For the lost sheep

For the lost coin

For the lost son

 

Luke 19:10

 

In promising the Savior (Genesis 3:15)

 

In clothing them (Genesis 3:21)

Righteousness and salvation are likened to right clothes

 

In barring them from the garden so they might not eat from the tree of everlasting life and living in a sinful state forever

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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