An Exposition Poetical of Genesis 3:21-24

21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
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:
23 Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
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.

Of the Eternal Decree

“And for Adam and his wife, the mother Eve,

In whose bosom the whole human race conceiv’d,

The Lord God did fashion clothes of animal skin

That there they might find covering for their sin.

He made them clothes, though blood he shed to do it,

That they, even they who sinn’d might find Atonement,

Though ages upon ages did arise before it came,

And ever more the heart of Man did burn, as a flame,

Like a flame of wicked fire, which God put out with water,

For which God caus’d faithful Noah to see and act as Saviour.

Seeing then that Adam and Eve became Knowing Ones

The God of Heaven made a plan to claim them as sons,

He kept them from the tree of life but meant life to give

That through the blood of one Perfect many might live.

He cast them out of the Garden;

He sent them East of Eden;

And there a flaming sword did set

That there they might never return

Or ever Eternal Death beget.

Behold the mercy of Mighty God!

Loving all while lifting the Rod!

Of Eden

Eden fair provided every need to Adam

And there he found peace and a kingdom

Where NAME he gave to creatures great and small

Speaking words of Identity, as God, the Author of All.

E’en so have we our homes and lives and loves

Which grant us peace and hope, like gentle doves.

Yet still betimes we lose our homes and hope

And still betimes we leave our Eden of trope:

And then we find a path where thorns and thistles grow

Where we must till the earth and sweat for what we know.

Even so we lose our call to give the gift of NAME

And there we find a wolf, a wolf which we must tame.

Of the Nature of Justice

God did strike the people there with loneliness.

They left the God who sang over them in their youthfulness:

They walked ever on into the Eastern lands of bitterness,

And there they found pauparity and emptiness.

Yet still the God of Eternal Days did clothe their nakedness,

And give them solace there in this their wretched wickedness.

While the Serpent hiss’d and rag’d against them there,

The God of Heaven acted as their Judge most Fair:

While striking with the Holy Rod

He loved them as their Only God.

Of the Sword and Cherubim

Flaming, that mighty sword did rise into the pure skies of Eden

Wielded by the Cherubim of light and gold, with eyes of seven,

Gazing everywhere that man may run or animal might walk,

That all might see the pow’r of God and might not talk

Of God as one withholding justice from his children

But rather know his power among the Angelic Sanhedrin.

His justice vindicated itself there in that sword and angel bright

But yet withheld the fullest grandeur of His Triune Might.

For on the summit of Golgotha far away,

His power manifested All and Lit the Way,

The Truth, the Incarnated Glory of the Father, the Life,

Yielding justice there, and mercy also, through loving strife.

Of the Penalty of Sin

For sin in secret and in public, penalties arise on every side

And man from woman, father from son, in sadness there divide.

I, too, have felt the penalty of wicked deeds

E’en though I write and compose creeds.

And such have I received from the Almighty,

That I might know that thing called humility.

My home I must leave, for money becomes scarce,

As work flees away and to me come many cares.

My calling, the work of giving children NAME,

The work of shaping identity in forge of flame,

This too goes away from me

Flees far away where none may see.

I have felt the penalty of wickedness

Known has become my nakedness.

Of the Clothing of Nakedness in Relation to Theonomist Belief

The judges of men may give the world the sword, indeed

For such have they to wield, and in this they are freed.

Yet, if any claim to walk as executioners or lawgivers,

Take heed lest any think themselves unbounded by God,

For truly, they must walk in love while wielding the Rod.

The laws of men give little of what is ought

In realms of privacy and human thought.

In secret, men may sin and uncover their wickedness,

But even there God remains to cover their nakedness.

This is theonomist justice and if the laws of men the Laws of God would follow,

Earthly judges must divide the two, and not cause the one in the other to wallow.

What is secret is sinful still,

But such is covered by His Will.

That ‘mid the loss of home and lease;

Amid the loss of call and human peace;

Amid the loss of talent, joy, and knowledge;

Amid the loss of trust and every privilege,

The soul of man might not be broken beyond all healing:

And at the last see justice there, the cheek of mercy kissing.