Genesis 3:17- 24: God’s clothing store.

“17 To Adam he said, ‘Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, “You must not eat from it,”

‘Cursed is the ground because of you;
    through painful toil you will eat food from it
    all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
    and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
    you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
    since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
    and to dust you will return.’

20 Adam named his wife Eve,because she would become the mother of all the living. 21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live for ever.’ 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[c] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.” NIV UK

 

‘’The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them’’ (21).

Many years ago, there was a man attending a church where I was a pastor at the time. He worked for the tailor, ‘Austin Reed’. One Sunday, he quietly approached me after a service and said, ‘Please will you call in at the shop when you can. I have instructions from someone to measure you for two suits of clothing.’ So it was that I found myself walking around in fine clothing, by virtue of someone else’s generosity. He picked up the bill; I wore the free gift!  The ‘clothing’ we need is available from God’s clothing store. It comes to us free of charge, because Jesus has paid for us to have it.

It is often pointed out that this statement in Genesis must reflect the first animal sacrifice. Tom Hale writes about this helpfully:

‘…to make garments of skin required killing an animal; some consider this to be the first ‘sacrifice’ mentioned in the Bible. God killed an animal in order to ‘’cover’’ Adam and Eve’s nakedness and sin. Sin merits death, but God provided a ‘’substitute’’ to die in their place. This foreshadows the sacrificial system found later in the Old Testament, which in turn culminates in the final, perfect sacrifice of Christ – a sacrifice which doesn’t merely cover sin outwardly but also removes it inwardly (Hebrews 9:13-14; 10:11-14)…we humans, by our own efforts (fig leaves), cannot truly cover our sinfulness. Only God can provide the covering – the righteousness – we need; and He has provided that righteousness through Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14; Philippians 3:8-9)’ ‘The Applied Old Testament Commentary’, p.138.

‘In response to their faith, God shed innocent blood and clothed them. The only way sinners can be saved is by faith in the shed blood of Christ (Heb.9:22; see also Isa.61:10; Eph.2:8-9)’ Warren W. Wiersbe: ‘With the Word’, p.17.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your amazing generosity to me. May my whole life be a ‘thank you note’ to you.