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A Sermon on Genesis 3:22-24

Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. (ESV)

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You cannot understand the modern world without Genesis 3:22-24. This is an uncertain and restless age; the anxiety of science pervades. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches that this was not the way God made the world. God made man perfect and put him in a perfect environment. God had fellowship and communion with man. How’d the world become what we know it as today? “I'm a stranger and afraid in a world I never made.” Man ceased to realize he lost communion with God; man failed to see his own finitude and dependence on God. Desire usurped everything else; man was no longer guided by truth and principle, but by appearance and lust. Fear and guilt came. Look at history and see war and conflict; original paradise was lost. Man cannot escape the judgment of God. Man has tried to get back to paradise, but it is always futile – whether by philosophy, politics, nature, or reason. Man was indeed meant for something better, even the non-believer understands that. But, man is self-centered and the devil is the god of this world. We can never have paradise on man's terms, without God. Look to Christ and find spiritual paradise today!

Additional Scripture Translations

Genesis 3:22-24, New American Standard Bible

22Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out with his hand, and take fruit also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23therefore the Lord God sent him out of the Garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. 24So He drove the man out; and at the east of the Garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.

Genesis 3:22-24, King James Version

22¶ And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 23Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 24So 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.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.