Skip to comments.The Animal Skin Coverings...Genesis 3 pt 15
Posted on 12/29/2011 8:04:40 PM PST by pastorbillrandles
Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. (Genesis 3:21)
Remember that when Adam and Eve sinned they immediately perceived that they were naked? The nakedness of our first father and mother was a spiritual condition as well as a physical one. Now that they had broken away from God, they deeply sensed that they were vulnerable , uncovered, and exposed as sinful beings in the presence of holiness.
This sense of nakedness has passed down unto all of the children of Adam. All of us feel the need for some kind of covering of our innate shame. Even unbelievers in God have a psychological need for some sense of justification of their own lives, often seeking it in do-goodism.
Adam and Eve constructed clothing of fig leaves in their vain attempt to deal with the sense of shame, caused by the fall. None of us want to have to appear naked before the Holy God, therefore we seek a covering.
But the fig leaves proved to be inadequate. They didnt truly remove the shame, for Adam and Eve fled from God, even though they were clothed in fig leaves . On the Judgment day, all of the accumulated fig leaves will prove to be insufficient as a covering for our shame.
The problems with fig leaves are manifold. First of all , they are the solution initiated and enacted by man. It was Adams idea, his own solution to the profound spiritual, moral and psychological problem of nakedness, ie shame.
The fact that Adams solution to the outcome of sin was rejected by God, is an early testament to what Paul the apostle would make so clear, in Romans 3;
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.(Romans 3:20)
We can not be saved by good works,(fig leaves) , for God doesnt accept them as satisfaction of His broken law. The solution cant come from fallen man, the best that man can do to justify himself, in the sight of God is as abominable as filthy rags,
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.(Isaiah 64:6)
Secondly, Adams solution to the shame problem didnt address the real problem. In trying to cover over with fig leaves the sense of shame for what he had done, he showed a failure to appreciate the true nature of his sin, as well as the impact of it upon his God. He was trying to remedy guilt feelings, but not true moral guilt.
We men dont merely feel guilty, we are guilty. We have broken Gods law, and by our self-will, disrupted Gods universe. All of our sins are against God himself. If there is to be a solution to the estrangement they have wrought, it has to come from God.
All of the false religious systems of the world, developed by the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve are man centered. They are designed to recover the lost sense of covering, the rightness with God that Adam once took for granted and that even fallen men acutely sense.
They are mere fig leaves, man centered works systems which prove wholly insensitive to the true claims of God and to the deepest need of man, which is not the eradication of guilty feelings, but the expiation of true and deep guilt.
This is the significance of the animal skin coverings. The fig leaves had to be removed, Adam and Eve had to forswear their own solution to the shame problem, in order to accept Gods solution, which was the animal coverings.
On a practical level it must have horrified them to see the dead lambs , rams or bulls that God skinned as He made them coverings. They had never seen physical death, the shedding of blood, or the tanning of hides.This was Gods solution? It seemed so harsh, so barbaric, so bloody!
Surely fig leaves was a more compassionate way of clothing oneself!
But the bloody skins were Gods way, not the fig leaves, and like every other detail in this hugely significant chapter, they are of vast theological import. What is God teaching by this act of clothing them?
Substitution; The wages of sin is death, therefore someone must die for sin, either the sinner or an innocent substitute. Gods way of dealing with the shame of sin, is by the substitution of life for life.
It would later emerge in the unfolding of Gods revelation that God knew we would sin and fall and need such a covering, and had already provided Jesus as the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world.
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;(Revelation 5:9)
But for the first couple, the testimony was the promise of the seed of the woman and the freshly slain animals, whose death provided an adequate covering.The first lesson God taught the newly fallen couple was the lesson that to them, worship would only be possible by way of blood sacrifice.
This they would pass on to their sons, one of whom would virulently reject the revelation, the other one would die as a martyr to it.
Thank you Pastor Bill.
thanks for posting this.
Once upon a time it may have been a different sort of story but it's used to pass on religious beliefs and moral precepts now.
last I looked the folks who get doctorates in studying such matters, people were using footwear for at least the last 100,000 years ~ and may have been using clothing of some sort even earlier.
The lesson? (1) Mosquitos, cold weather, dust storms ~ they all conspire to encourage the higher critters, e.g. all the tribes of man, to put on their jackets! (2) Choose durable materials!
I’ve been given a very rough time on FR in the past, for saying that animals were not originally placed here for food and clothing.
Thank you for going into greater detail. Your writing has grown and improved since you joined us. This is eloquent.
thanks everybody, even you Johnny!
If it gets really cold? maybe... in bed? no.
In the summer? oh hell no.
Nekked is the life for me (props to Grandpa Jones)
I don’t get what you are talking about Johnny.
He’s probably been nippin’ at Grandpa’s hooch.
Jesus, in his first two miracles, gave us a clue, with the feeding of the masses and the water into wine.
But Jesus loves me.
And what did he tell her?
Tell us more of how you experienced God, alone on that mountain in a blizzard, when you nearly died.
What was He like?
And he didn't tell me to quit feeding folks.
How's that meet your approval?
Not looking for approval or to approve. Just wanting to know more about your experience; you mentioned it sort of cryptically the other night.
As far as any concern about bloggers, this was posted in it’s entirety to FR, so I really don’t see how advantage is being taken, of anyone.
So few people even bother to understand Genesis outside a few stray, almost cartoonish (mis)perceptions. I for one appreciated his going into greater detail. It’s not as if much of the rest of the Bible doesn’t hinge upon Genesis.
This is lovely, thank you! I just watched “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” a couple nights ago (cried the whole way through it ;)) and this writing of yours reminds me of the “Deep Magic” as explained by the witch at the slaying of Aslan (the story is a sort of allegory of Christ for whoever is unfamiliar with it). So it’s so nice to go back to it in your writing and get another layer of meaning added, thanks! :)
I slipped on a ledge covered in ice. (I knew the ledge was there, not the ice). And landed on a pointy rock on my left side, nuking my kidney (gutshot deer was how the doc refered to it), my spleen, 3 ribs and one vert.
And then... I got to lay there because no-one knew where I had gone.
Later, after everyone had gone, and it was quiet, and the moon came out... I did have a talk with Jesus on my way in and out of lucidity.
Our talk was our talk.
Later... I got some help. And it worked out ok.