Summary of Genesis 3:20-24:
Adam named Eve, and God made them garments of skin to wear. Because of Adam’s disobedience, knowledge, and sin, Adam would not be allowed to live forever. God banished Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, stationing cherubim and a flaming sword to guard the way to the tree of life.
BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 3, Day 5: Genesis 3:20-24
13) Because of Adam’s disobedience, knowledge, and sin, Adam would not be allowed to live forever. God banished Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, stationing cherubim and a flaming sword to guard the way to the tree of life.
14) Personal Question. My answer: Even in our downfall, God loves us. He personally made Adam and Eve clothes to wear before they were banished from the Garden. What other creator would do such a thing? As we know, He never abandons His creation. How amazing is that?!
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 3, Day 5: Genesis 3:20-24
Great overall lesson where we see God’s great love for us all.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 3, Day 5: Genesis 3:20-24
Eve was called a female (Genesis 1:27), a helper comparable (Genesis 2:18), a woman (Genesis 2:22, 23), and a wife (Genesis 2:24, 25; 3:8) before Adam named her. This does not mean God did not have a name for Eve, but we are told what the name is in Genesis 5:2: He called them Mankind.
The idea that the woman takes her name from the husband, and the idea that both genders are encompassed in terms like mankind, humanity, and chairman is Biblical.
Adam named Eve in faith, trusting God would bring forth a deliverer from the woman because God said He would defeat Satan through the Seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15).
In order for Adam and Eve to be clothed, a sacrifice had to be made. An animal had to die. Without shedding of blood there is no remission (Hebrews 9:22). This, together with the expression of faith in God’s promise indicated in the naming of Eve (Genesis 3:20), indicates that Adam and Eve were rescued from their sinful condition.
In mercy, God protected Adam and Eve from the horrible fate of having to live forever as sinners by preventing them from eating from the tree of life.
Cherubim are always associated with the presence and glory of God (Ezekiel 10, Isaiah 6, Revelation 4). When cherubim are represented on earth (such as in the tabernacle, Exodus 25:10-22), they mark a meeting place with God. Though Adam and Eve and their descendants were prevented from eating the fruit of the tree of life (by God’s mercy), they could still come there to meet God. This was their “holy of holies.” Therefore, it was important to send cherubim and a flaming sword to guard the way to the tree of life.
What Happened to the Garden of Eden?
This is the last historical mention of the Garden of Eden in the Bible. We can speculate that God did not destroy it, but left it to the effects of the curse so it probably deteriorated from its original condition, blending into the surrounding geography.