The First Covered Up
Read: Genesis 3:1-24
Genesis 3:7: “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.”
The phrase portrays man’s first, futile effort to deal with sin. Adam and Eve tried to cover themselves. They sewed fig leaves together and together they failed. They knew their attempt to deal with sin was a failure. How do we know? When Adam and Eve heard God nearby, “they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the Garden” (v. 8).
Try as we may to deal with sin by our own efforts, deep down we human beings retain a sense of guilt and shame that witnesses to our lost condition. There never has been, and never will be, a human being saved by his or her own works.
That is why “God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife (cf. Gen. 3:21).”
This simple statement is filled with symbolic significance. It is referred to as “history’s first sacrifice.” God Himself took the life of an animal to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve. The NLT translated it this way, “And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.”
Note that God made the garments. We cannot deal with sin. God Himself must act. Note also that blood was shed. Here, as in Mosaic Law’s system of sacrifices, several lessons are taught. Sin merits death. Yet God will accept the death of a substitute. There was no merit in the blood of bulls and goats slain on ancient altars. Animal sacrifice was God’s visual aid, preparing humanity to recognize in the death of Christ on Calvary a substitutionary sacrifice that does take away sins