Why did the flaming sword move?

Good Morning!


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.




About Faye

I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions. I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
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