Yet Adam and Eve chose to trust themselves more than the words of God. They sought their own wisdom rather than rejoicing in God's perfect wisdom. They turned away from God and hid from Him in their shame. They blamed each other and tried to cover themselves with leaves. What was God's response? Did He execute them on the spot? Did He tell them to try better next time? No, He cursed the liar who had tempted them, multiplied the sorrow and pain of childbearing, and cursed the ground which man worked. In the midst of the curse, God gave the man and woman a promise:
"So the LORD God said to the serpent...
And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.'" (Genesis 3:14-15)
God promised that the Seed of the woman would someday come and defeat the enemy. The Old Testament recounts the anticipation of God's people for His salvation. Who would this Seed be? Yesterday's sermon explored this and provided a high-level overview of the whole Bible: The Big Picture: Genesis to Revelation
A cherubim was set outside the Garden of Eden to keep Adam and Eve out (Genesis 3:24). Some say that this was to protect them from eating of the Tree of Life and thus having their condition sealed for eternity like the fallen angels. In any case, they were kept apart from the Tree of Life. Similarly, a curtain inside the Tabernacle kept the priests out of the holiest place where God's presence dwelt. Cherubim were woven into the design of this curtain (Exodus 26:31). When Jesus died on the cross, "then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised..." Matthew 27:51-52 Jesus became the Way (John 14:6, John 10:9). He is the Seed of the woman whom the Old Testament Scriptures anticipate.