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The Animal Skin Coverings...Genesis 3 pt 15
http://billrandles.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/the-animal-skin-coverings-genesis-3-pt-15/ ^ | 12-28-11 | Bill Randles

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 didn’t 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 Adam’s idea, his own solution to the profound spiritual, moral and psychological problem of nakedness, ie shame.

The fact that Adam’s 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 doesn’t accept them as satisfaction of His broken law. The solution can’t 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, Adam’s solution to the shame problem didn’t 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 don’t merely feel guilty, we are guilty. We have broken God’s law, and by our self-will, disrupted God’s 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 God’s 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 God’s 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 God’s 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. God’s way of dealing with the shame of sin, is by the substitution of life for life.

It would later emerge in the unfolding of God’s 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.


TOPICS: Charismatic Christian; Evangelical Christian; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: adam; blood; redemption; sin
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1 posted on 12/29/2011 8:04:46 PM PST by pastorbillrandles
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To: pastorbillrandles
I'm perfectly fine, bare ass nekkid, and prefer it. But it does bother visitors.

/johnny

2 posted on 12/29/2011 8:10:59 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: pastorbillrandles

Thank you Pastor Bill.


3 posted on 12/29/2011 8:14:31 PM PST by BipolarBob (I don't mind you shooting at me, Frank, but take it easy on the Bacardi!)
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To: pastorbillrandles

thanks for posting this.


4 posted on 12/29/2011 8:14:45 PM PST by sauropod (Ann Coulter does NOT choose my presidential candidate!)
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To: pastorbillrandles
Did you cook a meal for someone today?

/johnny

5 posted on 12/29/2011 8:15:03 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
It's a metaphor.

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!

6 posted on 12/29/2011 8:16:51 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: pastorbillrandles

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.


7 posted on 12/29/2011 8:20:53 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

thanks everybody, even you Johnny!


8 posted on 12/29/2011 8:22:55 PM PST by pastorbillrandles
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To: muawiyah
No... It's a string of crap put together by someone that doesn't want to work for a living.

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)

/johnny

9 posted on 12/29/2011 8:23:08 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: pastorbillrandles
So, you DIDN'T bother feeding anyone today with your own hand?

/johnny

10 posted on 12/29/2011 8:25:38 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I don’t get what you are talking about Johnny.


11 posted on 12/29/2011 8:27:48 PM PST by pastorbillrandles
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To: pastorbillrandles

He’s probably been nippin’ at Grandpa’s hooch.


12 posted on 12/29/2011 8:33:44 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: pastorbillrandles
Aren't we told, and directed to feed the people?

Jesus, in his first two miracles, gave us a clue, with the feeding of the masses and the water into wine.

/johnny

13 posted on 12/29/2011 8:45:29 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BigSkyFreeper
Nah, I'm naturally this obnoxious.

But Jesus loves me.

/johnny

14 posted on 12/29/2011 8:47:11 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: pastorbillrandles
And actually, during the party where the water got turned into wine... Didn't his own mother send her other sons in because of the hoo-rahing and goings on?

And what did he tell her?

/johnny

15 posted on 12/29/2011 8:49:29 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Tell us more of how you experienced God, alone on that mountain in a blizzard, when you nearly died.

What was He like?


16 posted on 12/29/2011 8:50:36 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry
He didn't tell me to quit my day job or take advantage of idiots.

And he didn't tell me to quit feeding folks.

How's that meet your approval?

/johnny

17 posted on 12/29/2011 8:54:13 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

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.

It does.


18 posted on 12/29/2011 9:02:13 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: pastorbillrandles

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! :)


19 posted on 12/29/2011 9:10:40 PM PST by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: RegulatorCountry
Story: I slipped off by myself to answer a call of nature. (male human shy bladder thing)

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.

/johnny

20 posted on 12/29/2011 9:15:35 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: pastorbillrandles
So?.... how you coming with feeding folks?

/johnny

21 posted on 12/29/2011 9:18:52 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

You prefer to keep it private, then. I’ll respect that and not ask again.

Are you still in physical pain? I’d imagine you are.


22 posted on 12/29/2011 9:19:40 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry
I don't focus on pain when I do what is directed... Like feeding people. It's always good to see crowds eat.

/johnny

23 posted on 12/29/2011 9:24:35 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: pastorbillrandles

I think they wore animal skins because the alternative was freezing their tails off. Had nothing to do with shame, IMO.


24 posted on 12/29/2011 9:29:23 PM PST by calex59
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To: JRandomFreeper

You’ve mentioned this several times. Are you talking about charity, volunteering with a food pantry or working in a soup kitchen? People need spiritual sustenance just as surely as they need physical sustenance.

Is this what you mean?


25 posted on 12/29/2011 9:30:57 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: calex59

Doesn’t say they were cold:

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.


26 posted on 12/29/2011 9:40:50 PM PST by Raycpa
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To: RegulatorCountry
I'm not a preacher-man. Grand-daddy was. He's ded now. (Spelling intentional)

When I feed you, you get a couple of slices of bread and a slice of ham or cheese, and maybe, depending on the season, a piece of fruit.

Or.. if you aren't the masses, you get some chili concoction that may burn your upper lip. Or duck, (ISWEARIWASNOTTHERE), or semi-raw chicken, stewed in peppers hot enough to kill any bacteria. (or reasonable man)

Nope. when I say I feed people. I mean people. And food. No need to be mysterious about it.

/johnny

27 posted on 12/29/2011 9:41:30 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

And this relates to the originator of the thread how?

Sorry, I’ve assumed there must be some sort of spiritual angle. It’s a thread posted to the Religion Forum by an individual with “pastor” in his screen name, so it’s an understandable mistake if I’ve made one.


28 posted on 12/29/2011 9:44:47 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry; Religion Moderator
He posted a screed about nekkidity, and I expressed my opinion. Nekkid works for most of what I do. Which is sleep and eat.

If this is a closed religious forum, I'm sorry for intruding, and ask the RM to nuke me.

But just because someone is called 'pastor' doesn't make him right.

And if you missed my spiritual angle... You... well... God bless you.

/johnny

29 posted on 12/29/2011 9:50:50 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: RegulatorCountry
What spiritual angle was there when Jesus fed the masses with fish and loaves? It was lunch.

Food. People...

Later, we got to the spiritual part.

/johnny

30 posted on 12/29/2011 9:54:44 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Not closed to anyone that I noticed. Just the usual, minimal rules on decorum to keep it from turning into too much of a donneybrook, lol.

I haven’t missed that there is some sort of spiritual angle, but I am trying to understand it better. It’s not jumping out at me.

Help me out, here.


32 posted on 12/29/2011 9:56:41 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: JRandomFreeper

There was a miraculous aspect to it before there ever was enough to feed those present.


33 posted on 12/29/2011 10:02:18 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry
Help me out,

Help yourself out, slick.

If you didn't feed anyone today... with your own hands.... did you do what is important?

/johnny

34 posted on 12/29/2011 10:04:55 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: RegulatorCountry
Amazing how that works, nyet?

Every feeding of a crowd is a minor miracle.

/johnny

35 posted on 12/29/2011 10:07:50 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Wow, I leave the thread for an hour and when I come back to catch up, I am called a coward! Johnny, you don't make any sense at all, but it is awful good of you feed so many people- Jesus said a lot about that in Matthew 6Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Way to tell one and all about your good works!
36 posted on 12/29/2011 10:07:50 PM PST by pastorbillrandles
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To: pastorbillrandles

Thanks for the post, Pastor Bill. I for one enjoy and receive from them. If memory serves correctly, I thought I heard you on a radio show here in the Mpls./St. Paul area a few months back. Hope to get a chance to visit your church and meet you in person sometime.


38 posted on 12/29/2011 10:11:57 PM PST by Ackackadack
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You have made my point Johnny- I will pray for you-As for who I fed, all that matters is that God knows everything...


39 posted on 12/29/2011 10:12:53 PM PST by pastorbillrandles
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To: JRandomFreeper

And for that we should give thanks to God.


40 posted on 12/29/2011 10:13:00 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: pastorbillrandles
And to drill down on Matt 6...

I want no reward in heaven for who I feed here. I don't care about heavenly reward for what I do here.

I am saved by grace.

/johnny

41 posted on 12/29/2011 10:13:59 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Ackackadack

Please do - we will make sure to take time to fellowship with you!


42 posted on 12/29/2011 10:14:27 PM PST by pastorbillrandles
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To: JRandomFreeper

Praise God!


43 posted on 12/29/2011 10:16:00 PM PST by pastorbillrandles
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You damn right, he does know everything, preacherman.

And your time will come.

/johnny

44 posted on 12/29/2011 10:16:13 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

You should probably just sleep it off, johnny.


45 posted on 12/29/2011 10:18:24 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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Ain't gonna happen. ;)

Learn to love me.

/johnny

46 posted on 12/29/2011 10:22:32 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Something’s gnawing at you, tried to draw it out. You’re not interested.

Good night, johnny. It’s 1:00 AM here.


47 posted on 12/29/2011 10:26:23 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry
It’s 1:00 AM here.

Ah.. East coast sinners. Us CTS sinners sleep in an hour later.

/johnny

49 posted on 12/29/2011 10:31:09 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: pastorbillrandles
The wages of sin is death, therefore someone must die for sin, either the sinner or an innocent substitute. God’s way of dealing with the shame of sin, is by the substitution of life for life.

Excellent. You can almost be sure it was a lamb that was used for this "sacrifice."

Thanks for the post.

50 posted on 12/30/2011 9:05:58 AM PST by T. P. Pole
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