Paradise Lost: God’s Judgment Of Sin

 

Fact Is God Must Judge Sin

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For the sake of His own character and law, God must judge sin; but for the sake of His beloved Son, God is willing to forgive sin. Remember, Jesus is the Lamb “slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev. 13:8), so that God had already made provision for forgiveness and salvation.

 

Then the man—Adam—named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all who live.

Genesis 3:20
New Living Translation (NLT)

 

What a great irony that the woman who led the whole human race into death was named “mother of all living” because she gave physical life to every person.

 

Adam was the one who named Eve. God didn’t call her that. He called her Adam.

 

And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.

Genesis 3:21
New Living Translation (NLT)

 

The Lord wasn’t the one responsible for man committing sin, yet He took responsibility for covering man’s nakedness after he sinned. God’s response to Adam and Eve’s faith was to remove their flimsy man-made garments and clothe them with acceptable garments that He Himself provided (Isa. 61:10). Man could only make aprons from fig leaves. The Lord killed an animal and covered their nakedness with hides and fur. Innocent animals had to die so that the man and woman might have a new beginning and be back in fellowship with the Lord.

 

Even in our sin, God takes better care of us than we can ourselves.

 

It took the shedding of blood to cover man’s sins. This illustrated what would later take place through the atonement of Christ. It’s a picture of what Jesus did for sinners on the cross when He died for a sinful world (2 Cor. 5:21).

 

In Hebrew “Eve” sounds like the word meaning “life-giver.”
 
God: Look, the human has become like one of Us, possessing the knowledge of good and evil. If We don’t do something, he will reach out his hand and take some of the fruit from the tree of life, eat it, and live forever.
 
So the Eternal God banished Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden and exiled humanity from paradise, sentencing humans to laborious lives working the very ground man came from.After driving them out, He stationed winged guardians(cherubim) at the east end of the garden of Eden and set up a sword of flames which alertly turned back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

Genesis 3:22-24
The Voice (VOICE)

 

Notice the plurality of God. He said, “The human has become like one of Us”. This reflects the Trinity.

 

God had the knowledge of good and evil by His own admission here. Prior to Adam and Eve’s sin, they didn’t have the knowledge of good and evil. Therefore, it was true that in that respect, they were not like God (Genesis 3:5). But Satan totally perverted the reason that difference existed. It wasn’t because God didn’t love them and was trying to keep them from being all they could be. It was because God knew they were better off without the knowledge of good and evil.

 

Notice this verse gives the reason the Lord drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden. It wasn’t because He couldn’t stand them because they had sinned. It was to keep them from eating of the Tree of Life and living forever. This wasn’t a punishment either. Imagine what it would be like to have sickness or deformities or dementia, and never be able to die. It was a blessing that fallen man not live forever. God has prepared something better for us where we receive glorified bodies that will never be subject to pain or sickness or suffering.

 

Judgment

 

Therefore, the Lord banished the couple from the Garden; in fact, Genesis 3:24 says that He “drove” them out. God put angelic guards at the entrance of the Garden to make sure Adam and Eve didn’t try to re-enter. The way to “the Tree of Life” would one day be opened by Jesus Christ through His death on the cross (John 14:6).


Daily life would now become a struggle for the man and woman outside the garden as they toiled for their bread and raised their family. They could still have fellowship with God, but they would daily suffer the consequences of their sin, and so would their descendants after them. The law of sin and death would now operate in the human family until the end of time, but the death and resurrection of the Savior would introduce a new law:

 

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” (Rom. 8:2, nkjv).

 

References
Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary
Bible Exposition Commentary – Be Basic

 

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