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Genesis 3:24 “So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.” A lot of times, we as Christians fail to see the grace of God in His seemingly punishments of our sin. I am the chief of this. Often, His wrath over my sin stings and separates me from experiencing His true love – at no fault of His…it is a direct result of my pride, my stubbornness, my fear, my pain, the enemy. In Genesis 3, man had fallen. We all know the story, no doubt we have heard it countless times sitting in stark white Sunday school classes, maybe even heard the story on flannel board, that would curl down if it stayed up too long. Nevertheless, even before the fall, in 2:15-17, the Lord commanded man to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and may I note that he did this without a woman present (or even created at this point). What a beautiful illustration of the church in the New Testament…where God placed man as the head of woman, and Christ as the head of man. Then the fall happens, the fruit is eaten, the separation from God begins, our lives are forever changed. But the true beauty of the story and the magnificent grace of our King, is so beautifully illustrated in 3:24. God, in all His glory, summoned a cherubim to guard the tree of life, fittingly stationed in the centre of the garden, in every direction. At first glance, it seems harsh to not allow them the opportunity to now eat of this tree that would give them eternal life, but here is one of our first real glimpses into the coming Messiah and the grace of God’s plan, giving a way to restore life with Him, when His Son would come and die and offer a sacrifice for the death that Adam and Eve birthed. And what is even more, that His son would die on a cross, made from a tree, in the centre of three crosses, on a hill where all could see – a true restoration of man from the garden. Beautiful. “To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.” – Jesus Revelation 2:7

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