Cherubims with a Flaming Sword

07Mar06

Genesis 3:24 So he 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.

Cherubims is plural for cherub, an Akkadian verb meaning “to praise, to adore & to bless”.  The Bible calls itself a “sword”, Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:  Hbr 4:12 For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  A “flaming sword” is the Word of God preached under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  A “flaming sword” cuts like a twoedged sword to bring us to the foot of the Cross. The Cross is our tree of Life today.  The Message of the Cross “keeps the way of the tree”.  Anything else turns us away.  These Cherubim were men preaching under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  Vine’s Expository Dictionary says the Cherubim represent redeemed men.

Who were the Cherubim?   “….He (God) placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim….”   Genesis 4:16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.  Cain & his decendents are the only ones recorded in the Bible at the east of Eden.  I will now show that Cain became redeemed (forgiven & born-again).

Genesis 4:6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?  7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.  8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

Wroth in the Bible also means worried, in fact the Hebrew word for wroth is translated “fret” in Psalms & Proverbs.  From the context of Genesis 4 we can see it means worried.  Genesis 4:7 is really the same as  Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.  God told Cain & Peter that Satan desired to destroy them, but Jesus prayed their faith wouldn’t fail.  Satan always comes against those God uses.

Genesis 4:15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

“Mark” means a sign.  This sign on Cain is the same sign that is on Christians today.  As Cain went about doing God’s will preaching the message of the Cross, they should’ve realized Cain was God’s anointed.  1Ch 16:22 [Saying], Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

Gen 4:16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
Gen 4:17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.

The Hebrew word for Enoch means initiating. To initiate something is to begin a new thing, i.e. born-again.  In the Old Testament people would name children & places after events in their lives.  Cain named the first city recorded in the Bible & his son Enoch.  I believe Enoch was a city of refuge.  A vagabond doesn’t build a city & live in it, Cain may have been a fugitive, but he was no vagabond.  God forgave Cain!  God’s curse doesn’t apply to those He forgives.    Gen 4:14 I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, [that] every one that findeth me shall slay me.  A city of refuge was a place for fugitives,  Enoch was a refuge from the self righteous bunch west of  Eden.  John 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.    

 Gen 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

Where was the ground from whence he was taken?

Gen 2:7     And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.  Gen 2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

He was taken from the ground west of the garden of Eden.  For those that think there were a type of angels called cherubims with a flaming sword to keep Cain out of Eden, it doesn’t make sense for the angels being east of Eden while Cain was banished to the west.  Joel 2:3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.  God destroyed the garden with fire as He did Sodom.  Nothing was needed to keep Cain from the tree of life, the Cross of Christ is now our Tree of Life.
 
Cherubims, and a flaming Sword.

There’s only one way to righteousness, the penalty for sin was paid on the Cross by Jesus!   Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.  Luke 9:23  And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

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