When God created Adam and Eve and before sin entered the human race the Bible says that they were uncovered or naked with no consciousness of shame (guilt), “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed Genesis 2:25.” The Bible also gives a suggestion that although they didn’t have clothing for a covering they were covered with light as a garment like God. Psalm 104:2 says, “Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain.” Psalm 34:5 says, “They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.”
Upon sin entering through Eve being deceived and Adam’s transgression, they lost their innocence and became conscious of being uncovered. Genesis 3:7-10 says, And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.8 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. 9 And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” When Adam hid God came to him and after confronting the sin provided them with animal skins, which I believe were also bloody, for a covering. Genesis 3:21 says, “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”
What they did after they sinned, sewing fig leaves together making themselves aprons, indicated they were used to being covered. When they sinned, they became conscious of being uncovered. Sin created something they would not have known or experienced. An awareness of being uncovered and ashamed. Sin always creates a consciousness of being uncovered and ashamed. To provide the provision of the covering, God did not just zap it into existence but through an ugly, horrible event, an animal was slain before their eyes. After killing the animal, God removes the coat from the dead body still warm and wet; and puts it on them, making them a covering with coats (the root meaning of “coats” is “a cover”) of skin.
What was God saying here in Genesis by His actions of slaying an animal and using the coats of skins to cover Adam and Eve? Shedding of blood is required to cover the guilt of sin and you cannot have a relationship with Me without this blood. He would provide the sacrificial substitute and cover the guilty Himself. God would bring judgment on the sacrifice and accept the life of the innocent for the guilty. This should always be a part of our understanding of grace in the New Testament.
Later we see the application of a blood covering sin the law in the blood of the Passover lamb over the doorway of a house in Exodus 12 and in Exodus 25:17-22 as the mercy seat. It was upon this mercy seat that the blood of the sacrifice would be poured and above the mercy seat God declared that it is “THERE I WILL COMMUNE WITH THEE.” Without the blood and mercy seat God would see the three items that symbolized the events surrounding their rebellion to His Word: Aaron’s rod, the golden pot of manna, and the stone tables of the law but instead He sees the blood that purchases mercy. This concept was developed even more in the law as the blood-atonement covering Leviticus 17:11, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” What should we realize from all of these types that pointed to the final sacrificial substitutes blood of Jesus Christ?
- SIN COST GOD THE LIFE AND PRECIOUS BLOOD OF HIS SON JESUS.
1 Peter 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.
- GOD’S COVERING A MAN’S SIN WAS NEVER A MATTER OF:
- Ignoring it.
- Pretending it did not happen.
- Giving man a break.
- Saying sin doesn’t matter anymore.
- THE ONLY REASON SIN WAS COVERED IS BECAUSE AN INNOCENT SACRIFICIAL SUBSTITUTE WOULD FACE THE FULL WRATH OF GOD FOR SIN FOR THE GUILTY.
Jesus’ sacrifice for our sin didn’t just cover our sin but it also dismissed it and paid the price to buy us back from the slavery of sin.
Thank God for the Blood of Jesus.