The Garden Of Eden

Q. A garden of God called Eden is mentioned in Ezekiel 28:13. Is this the same as the Garden of Eden in Genesis 2:8? Where did the skins come from that God used to clothe Adam and Eve? Was this the first sacrifice for sin done by the hands of God as an example to Adam and Eve of the fulfillment of His justice?

A. The two names refer to the same garden. Ezekiel 28:13 confirms that Satan was the power behind the serpent’s cunning. God had Adam and Eve remove the clothing of leaves they had made for themselves (Genesis 3:7) and clothed them with animal skins instead (Genesis 3:21).

I see this as an illustration that they and their descendants would be “covered” before God through the shedding of innocent blood, not by the works of their own hands. (The skins came from animals who were created on the same day that Adam was created.)

If so, this serves a model of God’s Grace, to be fulfilled later in the shedding of the Lord’s innocent blood which spiritually covers us in a righteousness that we cannot achieve by the works of our hands.

This and other Biblical models are like parables. They’re usually not specifically explained in Scripture, but they are illustrations we can use as study aids. They are not meant to establish doctrine but to support it.

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect (1 Peter 1:18-19).

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