Lesson 11

Expulsion From Eden

"The soul that sins, it shall die."
Ezekiel 18:4 (Amplified Bible)

The word of God must stand whether it is promising eternal life or the sentence of death. If God changed his mind we would not be able to trust him, but we know that he never changes and is always faithful to his word.

The sentence of death would be carried out. Adam did not die instantly from a thunderbolt from heaven, but began to die from the moment that he was sentenced. It was a slow process—Adam lived nine hundred and thirty years (Genesis 5:5). In the Hebrew Bible Genesis 2:17 says, "Dying thou shalt die." All of Adam and Eve’s children would be born imperfect and under the sentence of death. Adam and Eve were sent away from the trees of life in Eden and into the part of the earth that was still a wilderness. For six thousand years their descendants would suffer and die. The death penalty brought with it much sorrow and pain and trouble to everyone.

So the disobedience of Adam and Eve caused them to lose their lovely garden home and their fellowship with God. The LORD then placed cherubim and a flaming sword at the entrance to the garden so Adam and Eve would be unable to eat of the perfect food that was there, especially that of the Tree of Life. As time passed, Eden would become full of weeds and thorns and thistles, etc., like the rest of the earth.

Now Adam and Eve had to work hard to get enough to eat. They worked long hours to make gardens and a new home to live in. It must have been a difficult time for them as they remembered how wonderful it had been when they lived in the garden God had prepared for them.

Eventually they would die and their children and their children’s children would die also, as all were under the sentence of death through Adam.

But God had known that this would happen and had already planned how he would some day bring them all back to life on earth. It was for this cause that Jesus came to earth and died for mankind. His death and resurrection rescued mankind from the death sentence that had come upon Adam. He did this willingly and with love for all people.

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