The Lord God said, "Since the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil, he must not reach out, take from the tree of life, eat, and live forever." So the Lord God sent him away from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove the man out and stationed the cherubim and the flaming, whirling sword east of the Garden of Eden to guard the way to the Tree of Life.
Does it seem cruel that God would "banish" Adam and Eve from their God Home, the Garden of Eve....just for their disobedience? Just for one sin? This reality offends many, causes them to be upset with God's ways and pits them "against" God and "for" sin. AHH the art of misunderstanding and once a misunderstanding remains, deception sets in and a false belief is born. Misunderstanding divides the best of friends and destroys the strongest of marriages. When I misunderstand the motive and ways of another I lose sight of the good, of the love intended by them. When my view is veiled by woundedness, fear, anger, obstinence or pride I can not see clearly and I misunderstand them. Then based on my misunderstanding I judge them, I am hurt by them, offended and our relationship is altered. And if I do not love them enough to pursue the truth, to pursue them, our relationship will begin to crumble.
All relationships must be based in Truth and Love, without this foundation the relationship is doomed. Our relationship with God, the one, True, living God, Jesus Christ is Holy unique in that
God is Truth and God is Love.
He is the Foundation of our relationship with Him, He can not fail us...
Only we can misunderstand Him...only we can move away from God. He is Eternal, THE fixed point in all of our lives that never moves or changes. He is OUR HOME. In Him we live and move and have our being....apart from Him we are nothing.
So, were Adam and Eve "banished"? Are we then Banished when we sin?
It would seem so IF we misunderstand who God is.
But God is LOVE and TRUTH, so all He does is right and for our good.
In the Garden there were 2 trees, the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the Tree of Life. The Tree of life was available to them to eat from freely, the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil was the ONLY tree they were forbidden to eat from: "But you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die." Genesis 2:17
The only Tree the serpent tempted them to eat from was the only tree God told them not to. Satan tempts us to eat of things from which we will surely die. He never tempts us to do good, but he does tempt us to do the seemingly harmless, he does tempt us to question the truth of God, the motives of God. "Surely you will not die...he mocks. He tempts us to believe God is keeping something from us..."God knows when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God."
Surely Eve could have waited, could have gone to God who walked with them daily and asked Him to clarify. But no, sin always has an urgency to it, a tense build up and need to be satiated ...and on a basis of misunderstanding, of questioning the heart and motive of God...they all fall down. And the serpent retreats, satisfied, to leave them alone with their guilt and shame and to face the one they betrayed. Sound familiar? The repetitive cycle of temptation, lies, choice and fall. It is the plan the devil has for you. The eternal hunt for more, empty promises, accusations against God and a life left alone in shame, guilt and hopelessness.
BUT NOT GOD...He comes to them, He talks with them, questions them. Of course He is disappointed....but not surprised. He lovingly clothes them, covers their shame and guilt. He doles out the just punishments (consequences) of sin. And as if this is not enough He "banishes" them?
No, No He does not. He protects them from themselves...
You see there are still 2 trees in the Garden and now if they return and eat of the Tree of Life in their now fallen state...they will live forever in their fallen state. And this is NOT God's plan for man. Man must not eat now of the Tree of Life.
"He drove man out and stationed the cherubim and the flaming, whirling sword east of the Garden of Eden to guard The Way to the Tree of Life.
So, NOT banished but protected...kept from eternal death in a fallen state and preserved until the coming of the Son of God, Jesus.
Jesus, alone, would be the WAY to the Tree of Life. And through Him, through His sacrifice on the Cross and by the protective covering (clothing) of His Blood would man again be invited to Eat from the TREE OF LIFE.
You see LOVE and TRUTH in God always makes a way for reconciliation. His love always protects and always gives Life and never fails.
God does not banish or reject anyone from His Kingdom, all are welcome to come, when clothed in the shed blood of His Son Jesus. God makes a WAY HOME by sending His Son to Save all who are willing to come home on His terms, by obeying His ways.
God is misunderstood by multitudes...and many live in broken, banished relationship ...but it wasn't God that moved He is an ETERNAL FIXED point and we are always welcome HOME.
Understand HIM, Love enough to find HIM, ask HIM and trust that HE is good, He is love and He wants you home.
"All those who call on the Name of the Lord will be saved."