Posted by: SandreS | April 28, 2009

The Dwelling Place of God

Over the next few days we will be taking a look at the dwelling place of God on earth. We will be briefly working our way through the chronology of the Bible to see where on earth God is. These insights will lead us to a most amazing truth – God’s great truth for today, so let’s get started. We will begin In the beginning …”

And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8a).

Think of it! Adam lived in a beautiful garden located in a place called Eden, which means pleasure. It was a place of breathless wonder. He lived there with a counterpart prepared especially for him by his Creator. Yet more importantly, God was with him in the garden!

Take that in. Can you even imagine that? Adam lived in a garden of pleasure and GOD was there; God was walking on the planet. God was in Adam’s “neck of the woods.” Could we find adequate words to describe such a wonderfully blessed situation?

Nevertheless, with one action there was a “disastrous” turn of events. Adam and Eve sinned against God their Creator. The very next portion of this passage reads:

And Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden (3:8b).

The presence of God was on the Earth and Adam and Eve hid themselves” from Him. Sadly the presence of the Lord God had become a fearful thing. How “disastrous” sin is – how fearful and alienating!

And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, “Where art thou?” And he said, “I heard Thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid my self” (3:9).

The end result of this sad account is that 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 (3:24).

Life in the presence of God was over!

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook

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