Get out of My Garden! God told Adam and Eve. Why?
Get out of My Place. God evicted Adam and Eve manu militari, from the Garden of Eden. They were no longer welcome.
“Get out” sounds rather cynical coming from a loving God. Am I exaggerating God’s action? Why would God throw someone out and padlock the door behind them?
The last post dealt with WHY God put them out. To worship themselves, to experiment with all their ideas, God wants humanity to test every single dystopia and utopia to see that NONE of them work. They’re all INcoherent cacophony compared to the Coherent Completeness of the Garden of Eden. We saw that ‘God sent them forth.” from the Garden. They need the time to run through the full gamut of relationship and rulership possibilities. Humankind must learn the lessons from trying out all options.
Here’s the get out we saw in the last article.
Therefore the LORD God sent him forth (H7971) from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
The get out corresponds with a simple sending away. This word is common vocabulary in modern Hebrew for send. God sent them on their way, clothed in coats of skins which He sewed for them. He equipped them for their new environment outside the Garden.
שָׁלַח shâlach shaw-lakh’; a primitive root; to send away, for, or out (in a great variety of applications):
KJV — ⨯ any wise, appoint, bring (on the way), cast (away, out), conduct, ⨯ earnestly, forsake, give (up), grow long, lay, leave, let depart (down, go, loose), push away, put (away, forth, in, out), reach forth, send (away, forth, out), set, shoot (forth, out), sow, spread, stretch forth (out).
In the next verse 24, the narrative repeats and drives home the get out. The drove out (v. 24) has the same result as sent them forth (v. 23). In English, we read it quickly but in Hebrew, the two expressions carry two different concepts. Each has its important nuance and we need to catch both for a fuller understanding. Here’s the eviction.
So he drove out (H1644) the man; and he placed (H7931) at the east (H6924) of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep (H8104) the way of the tree of life.
Here’s the meaning of get out in verse 24.
גָּרַשׁ gârash gaw-rash’; a primitive root; to drive out from a possession; especially to expatriate or divorce:
KJV — cast up (out), divorced (woman), drive away (forth, out), expel, ⨯ surely put away, trouble, thrust out.
As you can gather, it’s a much more forceful and deliberate act than v. 23. The initial contract and engagement, based on the rules for living TOGETHER in the Garden of Eden were void. God divorced Adam and Eve, humanity. Here are the first divorce and separation. Physical separation from the Garden. Spiritual separation from God.
This sounds terribly harsh, and indeed it is. To add to the severity, once out, two armed guards are stationed in front of the door. What happened to repentance and forgiveness?! No room for those attributes here. Why?
Let’s do a detective Colombo. Reveal the culprit, the solution, right from the start. Genesis 3:24 is the last verse of Genesis 3. It’s The End, curtains down on the act of the interaction of the Serpent with humankind. The chapter is closed, over, and done.
Genesis 3:24 parallels, or rather, is in contrast to Genesis 2:25. There you have God interacting with Adam and Eve, the parents of humankind; that result in naked and not ashamed, clean minds, and not confusion. That’s the FRAME OF MIND you need to reside IN the Garden of Eden, where Adam and Eve were. Very positive, very good.
Now, in chapter 3, the couple has become godlike with a small g. They have set themselves up in place of God, as gods, to handle their own affairs withOUT God’s intervention. The result is a SOILED FRAME OF MIND and confusion. That is the description of anyone who resides OUT of the Garden of Eden. Get out! Very negative, very bad.
It’s one or the other, IN or OUT. Just like the two worship systems. Let’s be clear. There are thousands of religions, all talking about G/god. I write G/g because they think they’re talking about God, but, in fact, they’re really arguing about god. Most religions don’t even realize it because the Serpent and its servants are disguised as angels of light, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works (2 Corinthians 11:14–15). That is a very hard concept to ingest, I understand. But, many pastors, priests, men, and women of religion are frauds. That’s not what The Explanation is saying, that’s what God’s Word is telling you.
Please put 2 and 2 together. How many coherent complete pictures can you have with the SAME puzzle pieces? Only ONE. All the other arrangements of the pieces necessitate forcing some into the wrong position. Once one piece is out of place, you have to constrain other pieces or leave them out. Think, if there’s only ONE correct puzzle, then all the thousands of others are wrong. Did I just say there’s a lot of false religions in the world? That’s what your Bible, God’s Word says, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22–23). God will say to MANY, GET OUT.
What does this mean? From a Godly point of view, that’s what we want, real theology. There is ONE coherent completeness. All the others are in the same boat: incoherent incompleteness. There are only TWO boats: Genesis 2:25, clean mind, no confusion = IN the Garden. Or, Genesis 3:24, dirty mind, confusion = OUT of the Garden.
There are TWO options. God calls them by various names and uses various parables to designate this. HOT or COLD. He spews out compromise and whatever is lukewarm (Rev. 3:16). This is a basic Bible principle. Please do your own study to witness this twosome. One is GOD’S way, the other is the SERPENT’S way. The Serpent’s way groups ALL erroneous teaching, be they 4 thousand, 4 million, or 4 billion. I hope you realize what this means for ecumenism.
Christ gave a parable to illustrate the two outcomes and the impassable chasm between them, Lazarus and the rich man.
Luke 16:23–31 (read the entire story at UnlockBibleMeaning.com)
23 And in hell he (the rich man) lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and sees Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and you are tormented.
26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
27 Then he said, I pray you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house:
28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify to them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
29 Abraham said to him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went to them from the dead, they will repent.
31 And he said to him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
Verse 26 states there’s an impasse between the INSIDE and OUTSIDE of the Garden of Eden. Yes, there is the flaming sword to protect access to the Tree. Yes, Christ’s death reopened that access. Yes, there are gates into New Jerusalem but, you’re either IN or OUT.
The very last words of the Bible, in the book of Revelation, confirm these two and only two ways.
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.
It’s either ALL IN or GET OUT and STAY OUT.
In the above parable of Lazarus and the rich man, Abraham says that the books of Moses and the prophets should be sufficient for the rich man’s brothers to HEAR and learn to respect God. At the time Christ uttered this parable, the New Testament was not yet written, so only the Old existed. That said, of and by themselves, if you HEAR Moses you can come to understand God and His way.
Note that the point of this parable is repent (verse 30) and persuasion (31). This is point 6 in how humans function: self-reproach or repentance. Christ is explaining that the persuasion to come to repentance is accessible via Moses and the prophets. Obviously, via the New Testament writings also.
That is the whole point of The Explanation. Simply to expound the book of Moses to help you see the Biblical Hebrew message. This older message says the same thing as the New Testament and one can reach the same goal. repentance. It’s up to each individual and their free will coupled with God’s calling.
Cherubim placed at the East of the Garden
Cherubim are high ranking creatures serving God’s plan. The Garden of Eden is the centerpiece, stronghold of His plan. I’m using modern talk to picture this scenario, you understand.
גַּן gan; from H1598 (גָּנַן); a garden (as fenced):
KJV — garden.
גָּנַן gânan gaw-nan’; a primitive root; to hedge about, i.e. (generally) protect:
KJV — defend.
The Garden in Eden is hedged referring to a safe place where God’s servants are protected.
The Sanctuary, and specifically certain parts like the Holy of Holies are holy; they are pure and dedicated for holy use ONLY by certain Priests. I can’t get into the details here, but Ezekiel 42:20 reveals a description of God’s Temple with a WALL separating this holy area from the profane, which was all around; this is exactly the scenario and sense of the Biblical Hebrew word gan — garden. It is a protected area reserved for the holy.
Ezekiel 42:20, 43:1–2
20 He measured it by the four sides: it had a wall round about, five hundred reeds long, and five hundred broad, to make a separation between the sanctuary and the profane place.
1 Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looks toward the east:
2 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.
At their creation, Adam and Eve were holy, placed in a holy environment. You know the rest of the story and how they were ousted because they lost their holiness. They exited via the EAST gate where the Cherubim stand guard (Gen. 3:24). The whole plan of God consists of bringing humankind BACK INTO the Garden of Eden, this protected holy place, via the East gate.
Ezekiel chapters 40–45 are an introductory description of the future Garden of Eden. There’s plenty more to add. Do you see the comparison? First, After Christ’s Return, He prepares His people (like Adam) in the presence of the Temple described in Ezekiel. Later, when God’s plan for humans is complete, comes New Jerusalem, (like planting the Garden). If there’s not full righteousness, there’s no Garden, that’s why there’s no Garden today. Rev.12:12 relates the walls of New Jerusalem that will protect the saved who walk in the light. The ungodly cannot enter this holy city, just like the two cherubim protected entry to the Garden of Eden.
As an aside, you can study the dimensions of the Holy of Holies, in the portable desert Tabernacle, Solomon’s and Ezekiel’s Temple, and New Jerusalem. They’re all cubes of different dimensions, but all cubes with their entrance on the East. They all represent New Jerusalem, the ultimate Garden of Eden, which is God’s Dwelling as witnessed by the presence of the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies. That is the only place God “met WITH His people.”
God places His strongest and most trusted servants as permanent guards. See Further Study below for the meaning of placed. The location, the East, where the Cherubim stand guard is significant. East, in biblical terms, is the FRONT gate, the main entrance.
קֶדֶם qedem keh’-dem; or קֵדְמָה; from H6923 (קָדַם); the front, of place (absolutely, the fore part, relatively the East) or time (antiquity); often used adverbially (before, anciently, eastward):
KJV — aforetime, ancient (time), before, east (end, part, side, -ward), eternal, ⨯ ever(-lasting), forward, old, past. Compare H6926 (קִדְמָה).
Note how religion has MISappropriated the East. Religious practices take a directly opposite approach.
East is the direction toward which the Earth rotates about its axis, and therefore the general direction from which the Sun appears to rise. The practice of praying towards the East is older than Christianity, but has been adopted by this religion as the Orient was thought of as containing mankind’s original home. Hence, some Christian churches have been traditionally oriented towards the east.
Christ comes from the East and enters the Temple on the East side, “For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:27). The entries to most religious buildings are on the WEST and they face and pray to the East, to the sunrise, that’s tilling the soil.
I realize what I’m about to say and show you is ridiculously understated. The flaming swords remind me of laser swords that we’ve invented. Sophisticated lasers are used for protecting entry to valuable locations. Below is an example, in this case, the antagonist makes it through, NO one can get into the Garden without the go-ahead from God. Get out and stay out.
The Tree of Life cannot be uprooted and removed from the Garden of Eden, the two are inseparable. Under those circumstances, the only solution was to expulse Adam and Eve from the Garden and place two of the highest-ranking spirit beings, equipped with serious deterring devices, to keep out any would-be intruders.
As much as God still takes care of the basics of man’s existence He clearly sealed off admission to be with Him. Adam and Eve were thrust out and were now in Eden. Still a pleasurable place, mind you, even if it wasn’t the Garden.
What’s this all about? Does it mean mankind, you and I can never be with God again? If we are not with God then who are we really with? Who were Adam and Eve now with? And since Eve is the mother of us all, who is humanity with? Nothing more is said of the activity of the serpent, has he left the scene? We know it’s still there. The Explanation has answered all these questions.
None of the three protagonists in Genesis showed any real self-reproach for their misbehavior. Neither the Serpent nor the man and woman. Hence they are still in this period of judgment. It is a time of learning the lesson. And this period of learning includes agonizing. I agree, that’s unfortunate, but it is the result of either obeying the wrong ethics (human solutions) OR disobeying the right ethics (coats of skin).
God has no intention of allowing bickering people (wrong relationships) who aspire to be leaders (wrong rulership) into the Garden of Eden. That’s part of the reason Adam and Eve were ousted. The expulsion is SO HUMANITY CAN LEARN LESSONS, an important step on the way to rehabilitation. The Bible confirms this timeframe as we’ve seen. Genesis 3:15 refers to it with the “bruising of your head” The term “enmity between you (the Serpent) and the woman, and between your seed and her seed” refers to Eve’s descendants over a period of time, you and me, 6000 years later.
Their stay in the Garden of Eden was cut short, they had to bundle up their coats of skins and get out to a new abode in Eden, and later, their son and the rest of humanity would be ejected from there into this world.
There’s only ONE way back into the Garden through those two Cherubim, and that’s for next week. The ultimate antidote to “this world.”
This article is an excerpt from chapter 5.6 of the book Agony of Humankind.
Placed — H7931 (placed = permanent residence (Shikun in Israel as complementary to a Kibbutz, a settlement where you can buy your home not where everything belongs to the community))
שָׁכַן shâkan shaw-kan’; a primitive root (apparently akin (by transmission) to H7901 (שָׁכַב) through the idea of lodging; compare H5531 (סִכְלוּת), H7925 (שָׁכַם)); to reside or permanently stay (literally or figuratively):
KJV — abide, continue, (cause to, make to) dwell(-er), have habitation, inhabit, lay, place, (cause to) remain, rest, set (up).
A wise man once said, Teach you me, what I do not know.
Let’s get started with The Explanation.
- Inventory of the Universe
- Audit of the Universe
- Audit of Humankind
- Origin of the Universe (Commentary on Genesis 1)
- Origin of Humankind (Commentary on Genesis 1:26–2:7)
- Origin of Woman (Commentary on Genesis 2:8–25)
- Agony of Humankind (Commentary on Genesis 3)
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