The tough act
When God drove out the couple made in His own image and after His likeness, it hurt God deeply; it was a tough act indeed. How He wished them to continue to stay in the blissful paradise. The Garden was a symbol of heaven, a place of purity and holiness. As the fallen angels couldn’t reside in heaven, fallen humanity couldn’t reside in heaven’s paradise on earth.
It hurt God to drive them out. It hurt Adam and Eve too, to be driven out. They went not alone from the Garden; God went out with them! He couldn’t bear being separated from His very own. God desperately wanted to live in the presence of man once again. But how would He do it? Sin stood as a big barrier.
God’s earthly house
In Eden He plated a Garden for man to live in. In the wilderness He asked man to make a house for Him in the midst of them. O how He longed to keep company with us! O how He longed to live with us! Oh how He longed to dwell among us!. Through Moses God sent an invitation to man to make a house for Him.
“And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them,.” Exodus 25:8
The Sanctuary contained the gospel is full detail. From the building to its services it reflected the ministry of Jesus on sinners’ behalf. Its ordinary exterior reflected the One who “ hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him”, Isaiah 53:2. But its inner beauty reflected the character of the one who is “altogether lovely”, Song of Solomon 5:16