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Genesis 3:21: God Made Clothing from Animal Skins

Posted by adventbiblestudy on October 23, 2012


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Learning about prophecies fulfilled shows how to understand all scripture.

Jesus fulfilled more prophecies than most people know about. Some times a verse does not appear as a prophecy, but still has a connection with God’s plan of salvation easily understood when compared with other scripture. This is one example.

Genesis 3:21 And the LORD God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.

Looking back at previous verses we see how God created the heavens and earth. God created a world supplying every need for man. Air, light, warmth, water, food, beauty, and companionship. Adam had everything anyone could hope for and more. Adam had a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe. When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. (Genesis 3:8)

Imagine meeting God face to face every evening. Have you ever had times in your life you wished God would walk up to you to see how you were doing? Think of the things you would say, the questions you could ask. Adam must have had an endless list of questions. Imagine what went through his mind as God presented all the animals in the world as Adam named them. He must have asked God why He created this animal with one feature, and another with something completely different. Adam must have examined a leaf with intense interest, only to ask God about every detail. The next day he may have asked about a flower, and why some of the insects interacted with it. What about the stars? Do you think Adam asked God about the stars? That must have been an interesting conversation. Imagine the love between them as God explained each detail like a Father teaching His son.

We can’t be certain how long the relationship lasted. Well, we know the relationship existed, but things changed. Adam was told to avoid one tree in the garden God planted. It shouldn’t have been very difficult to avoid one tree since Adam had an entire world to explore. It didn’t matter where Adam wondered, God always knew where to find him. We also know God saved the best gift for last, a soul mate and companion to help him tend the garden God gave him. When God presented the garden of Eden to Adam, it was an example of unconditional love. A special place God cultivated by hand as Adam watched. Once Adam understood the concept of unconditional love, God put Adam to sleep, removed a single rib, using it to form Eve, his wife.

Today people pay thousands to spend their first married days together in the most romantic locations. No one will ever be able to match the wedding gift God gave to Adam and Eve, paradise, and a day of rest together. All God asked for in return was to remember Him on their day of rest, the Sabbath. Only God would plan a special day with such significance, the first day together in a marriage meant to last an eternity. No wonder why Jesus uses the symbol of a bride to remind us of His return.

Paradise did not last forever. One day Eve went to the tree of knowledge of good and evil alone. The outcome was not good. While trying to defend God, her Creator, Satan speaking through the serpent convinced her to eat the fruit God commanded them not to eat. When she saw she did not die as promised, she gave it to her husband and he also ate the fruit. Both disobeyed God. Both tried to hide their shame from God. Both had to bear a curse. Both had to leave the garden God planted for them.

God did not send them away without first providing Adam and Eve with animal skins to protect against the changing elements. Once again God moved with His hands to slay the first victims of sin. We are not told which animals gave their lives, but God performed the first sacrifice in the world changed by sin. The price was high. Were the animal skins a blessing or a curse? Were they a constant reminder of the day they disobeyed God? Or were the skins a promise of a sacrifice to come? Jesus told a parable about another garment.

Matthew 22:11-12 “But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man who wasn’t wearing the proper clothes for a wedding. (12) ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how is it that you are here without wedding clothes?’ But the man had no reply.

When Jesus told this parable to a group of people seated in the temple courtyard listening to His words, looking for a closer connection with God, a return to Eden and the close personal walk with God we once had. Do you think any of them thought about the first set of garments God made for Adam and Eve? Or do you think they looked around the courtyard at how people were dressed? On one side of the courtyard, high above the crowd all the religious leaders gathered, each wearing a costume trying to out do the other in color, design detail and splendor. On the other side stood Jesus in His simple garments telling a story about a king preparing a wedding feast for his son. Do you think the people saw the relationship between Jesus and the simple coverings God fashioned with His own hands for Adam and Eve?

Later in the book of Revelation we see how God will one day cloth His followers.

Revelation 7:9 After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands.

Can you imagine the excitement of Jesus’ first followers as they poured their hearts into the scriptures. Led by the Spirit one after another verse came alive as they saw the connections between the prophecies and Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ascension. Why don’t we share the same enthusiasm today? Are we removed from the cross too far to feel the emotion? Or are we too busy falling into the same pit the religious leaders standing on the other side of the court fell in? They were busy plotting to kill Jesus because He preached contrary to their man made doctrines. Sure, their doctrines were based on scripture, but was it what God gave them to teach? Was it the message He trusted them with? What was the message God trusted them with? The coming Messiah was the message they misunderstood. The symbols in the Tabernacle and how they pointed to the Messiah were distorted. Each religious group preached about the Messiah. They all knew the prophecies better than anyone else in the world. What they could not admit was, every single one of their interpretations were wrong. Their track record was zero out of more than three hundred. Talk about spiritually blind, falling into a ditch and pulling everyone in with themselves. Their traditions and doctrines even fooled Jesus’ disciples.

What is the message Jesus gave to His disciples to teach? It was one simple message. One they should have no problem learning and teaching. The only one true message which would guarantee unity until His return. Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. (Luke 24:27). Jesus’ disciples began this message in Jerusalem. “People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know. But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him. But God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip. (Acts 2:22-24).

Has the simple message Jesus instructed His disciples to teach been told around the world?

Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me–a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you. (2 Timothy 1:13-14)

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