In the last post I showed how Adam and Eve were given the command by God that they were to worship and obey, and showing how these words are used of the Levites, God’s ministers. Well, Adam and Eve have some other similarities with the Levites.
When Adam and Eve find out they are naked after their sin, they are embarrassed, and they try and cover up their own sin by their own power, the suit of fig leaves. God then “finds out” they sinned, he punishes them, Adam names his wife Eve (which is huge by the way, the first display of faith in the Bible), then God clothes them with skin from an animal. This is huge for two reasons, first it shows that something had to die to cover them. This was the first example of a sacrifice for sin. The second reason it is important is that the words used to describe God covering them are the same as those used to describe the clothing of priests who work in the sanctuary for God. Once again, vocabulary shows the linking of Adam to the priests, showing how Eden is the ideal sanctuary.
Another thing that shows Eden as a sanctuary is the mention of the stones and the gold that were found in the garden in Genesis 2:12. The “good gold” is the same words describing the most precious things in the sanctuary like the ark. Also, the onyx stone is the same type of stone that was on the breastplate (Ex. 25).
These are a few more examples of Eden being seen as the ideal sanctuary. Much of the two last posts come from the study of Gordon Wenham from the article Sanctuary Symbolism in the Garden of Eden Story. Please search out his work for more study on these subjects.