The Promise

I will put enmity between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
    and you shall bruise his heel.”

The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.

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.

Genesis 3:15, 20-24

We are longing for home… rest. In this world, our homes are fragile – can be destroyed. Sometimes our home doesn’t feel like home.

Genesis 3 says we are in exile. This is not our home. Our longing is not satisfied here – there’s a promise… home is waiting in heaven because Jesus won the battle against sin, death, and the devil.

There is hope.

And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.

Genesis 3:21

God reminds us of His promises when he clothed Adam and Eve. God bans them from the garden to ensure they weren’t stuck in the damaged world forever.

Exile was judgment and mercy.

God and Jesus are bringing us home.

Havens of Healing

While we are here, offer a temporary home – places of rest, renewal, and healing – through grace to our neighbors and those in need.

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