Genesis 3:21-24 NIV
21The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.
22And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”
23So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.
24After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
Jehovah God made coats of skins, and clothed them; these were made of the skins of beasts, not for food, but for sacrifice, as a type of the woman’s seed, whose heel was to be bruised, or who was to suffer death for the sins of men; and therefore to keep up and direct the faith of our first parents to the slain Lamb of God from the foundation of the world, and of all believers in all ages, until the Messiah should come and die, and become a sacrifice for sin,
They were emblems of the robe of Christ’s righteousness, and the garments of His salvation, to be wrought out by His obedience, Sufferings, and Death; so that they should not be found naked, nor be condemned, but be secured from wrath to come.
This is another indication of the plurality in unity which is evidently inherent in the Eternal Spirit. It is still more significant than the expression of concert in the creation of man, as it cannot be explained by anything short of a personal distinction among the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Knowing good and evil
- The human being in his state of excellence capable of knowing, loving, and glorifying his Maker.
- The human being in his fallen state, capable of and committing all kinds of wickedness.
Verse 24 Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
God bid man go out; told him he should no longer occupy and enjoy that garden: but man liked the place, and was unwilling to leave it, therefore God made him go out. This signified the shutting out of him, and all his guilty race, from that communion with God, which was the bliss and glory of paradise.
But man was only sent to till the ground out of which he was taken. He was sent to a place of toil, not to a place of torment. Our first parents were shut out from the privileges of their state of innocency, yet they were not left to despair.
The way to the tree of life was shut. It was henceforward in vain for him and his to expect righteousness, life, and happiness, by the covenant of works; for the command of that covenant being broken, the curse of it is in full force: we are all undone, if we are judged by that covenant. God revealed this to Adam, not to drive him to despair, but to quicken him to look for life and happiness in the Promised Seed, by Whom a New and Living Way into the holiest is laid open for us.
Paradise Lost will be the Paradise Regained by the Messiah, Jesus in His Kingdom on earth!