We are called to have an intimate and abiding fellowship with God. Fellowship with God is the foundation of joy in our lives and without it we cannot have joy 1 John 1:4, 5. We must also realize that without the blood of Jesus we could not have fellowship. We must understand the power of the Blood of Jesus.
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.” 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 indicated they were used to being covered. When they sinned, they became conscious of being uncovered. 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.” 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 I believe through an ugly, horrible event an animal was slain before their eyes. Though the Scripture does not specifically say it, we normally get an animal skin from an animal that has been slain, so it isn’t too unreasonable to assume God slayed the animal first. After killing the animal, God removes the coat from the dead body – still warm and wet; and puts it on them.
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.
- 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.
- You cannot have a relationship with God without this blood.
- When man hides, God seeks and what God discovered, He covered.
Later we see the application of a blood covering for sin the law in Exodus 25:17-22 as the mercy seat and developed even more in the law as the blood-atonement covering Leviticus 17:11. All of these were types that pointed to the final sacrificial substitute of the blood of Jesus Christ? What does it communicate to us about how god views sin?
- Sin cost God the 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.
2. God covering man’s sin was never a matter of:
a. Ignoring it.
b. Pretending it did not happen.
c. Saying it did not matter because He loves us.
d. Giving man a break because He was in a good mood.
- The only reason sin is covered is because an innocent sacrificial substitute has paid the debt of the sinner and God accepts it for the guilty party.
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.