In the Bible story of the expulsion from the Garden of Eden of Adam and Eve, I found myself asking a question, I had never noticed before. In recent times I have returned to reading the Bible as a WHOLE not simply reading the bits and pieces I understood and lived life by, following the Shepherd.
In Genesis 3:24 N.K.J. It records God 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.
I suddenly had a question …”Why did the sword have to keep turning? Why could it not just stay static and blaze brilliantly?. I found two helpful Bible Commentary explanations.
(1) God’s Mercy ensures that fallen humanity would not return to the Tree of Life in their ‘Separated from God’s Presence’ lost state.’ Otherwise they would gain a life for eternity but it would be an eternal life of SEPARATION FROM GOD
(2) Another commentary statement says. The sword represents the Glory of God which sweeps even today (not a static place) around the Presence of God.
Such indeed is the Plan and Purpose of the Redemption story. Only the people saved by the shed Blood of Christ at the Cross are covered by His Mantle of Mercy and Grace and now can come freely into His Presence calling…..’Abba my Father’. They can walk because of the Sacrificial death of the Lamb of God………through the Glory into His Throne Room.
I hope you will be encouraged and blessed as I was from this thought on this mid-week day.
Peace! and Love! to all.