Banned From The Garden Of Eden
Why were Adam and Eve banned from the garden of Eden and how does what happened in the garden of Eden relate to Jesus and His Church? What is prophetic about the garden of Eden and Jesus?
The Book of Genesis is different from any other book in the Bible. God told Moses exactly what to write and Moses wrote it down. Moses actually heard the Word of God as God dictated to Moses what to write. The rest of Scripture is God breathed, inspired by the Holy Spirit as the Holy Spirit moved upon men of God. Scripture, which generally refers to the Old Testament, was written as the Holy Spirit rested upon Believers and sometimes filled them.
In Scripture, the Holy Spirit would not always rest with men, He would overtake them and move on prophets and others as needed, then He would leave and come back later. As God said in Genesis 6:3, And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” (NKJV)
The Book of Genesis is loaded with all kinds of Bible prophecy, so much more than many other books of the Bible because God wrote every last word, without any cooperation from people. Before Adam and Eve were tempted in the garden of Eden by the serpent, God was already prophesying about Jesus and His Church.
The reason Jesus’ Church is referred to as the Bride of Christ goes all the way back to Adam and Eve. Adam was alone with God, just like Israel was alone with God, having exclusive full access to God’s Glory through his obedience out of his love for God. Adam named all the animals on earth after God warned Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Adam only knew good, he had no concept of evil. All Adam’s knowledge came from God through wisdom. As Jesus said in Matthew 19:17, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” (NKJV) The more people sin and the more their knowledge of evil grows, the more commandments and laws are needed to keep people obedient.
Adam had one commandment, “Do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,” which was easy to keep as long as the other person agreeing with Adam was God, so, God caused a deep sleep to to fall on Adam and God took part of Adam and made a woman, Eve.
Almost every translation says God took one of Adam’s ribs in Genesis 2:21. The actual Hebrew word is מִצַּלְעֹתָ֔יו (miṣ·ṣal·‘ō·ṯāw Strong’s 6763) and it only appears one time in Scripture, Genesis 2:21, and it has 4 different meanings; a rib, a side, a timber or plank.
Any way a person looks at it, the prophetic meaning is Adam’s bride was taken out of himself, just like Christ’s bride was also taken out of Himself, the reason Jesus also had to be pierced in His side, causing blood then water to flow from Him. This separation is prophetic of His Church in the last days where the sensual church will be separated from the spiritual church.
God never leaves, He is omnipresent, which is the reason why He kicked Adam and Eve out of His presence in the garden of Eden instead of God leaving. Adam and Eve learned the promise of wisdom and the power of agreement early, having both agreed with the serpent that separation from God is a good thing, pleasant to the eyes, and something desirable to make one wise, when actually wisdom only comes from God and all else is deception…
Life in God’s Garden
8 The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. 9 And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10 Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is Hiddekel;[b] it is the one which goes toward the east of [c]Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.
15 Then the Lord God took [d]the man and put him in the garden of Eden to [e]tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you[f] shall surely die.”
18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to [g]Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He [h]made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
23 And Adam said:
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be[k] joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
The Temptation and Fall of Man
3 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was [a]pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves [b]coverings.