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  • Writer's pictureEast Martin CRC

Sacrificial Outfits

Genesis 3:21-24

Verse 21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

After proclaiming the prophecy of a Savior being born in the future, God takes care of the issue at hand. A sin had been committed and so blood must be shed. Sin had not happened on the earth before and therefore no need for the shedding of blood. Up until this time the earth had likely not known death. Life had been good and there was pure peace with God, an open relationship that was sweet and dear.

Sin had disrupted the whole of God’s relationship with His creation and creation with its Creator. The land no longer grew what it was made to grow naturally, it had to have the help of the humans. It would need to be tilled and worked, the humans would need to toil as they did what had come easy for the earth prior to the fall. We have to wonder if every time Adam had to stretch his aching back if he thought of that taste of fruit.

God was setting the standard for all time. Breaking His law would always require a blood sacrifice, an act that showed acknowledgement of the wrong action taken. God knew that this wouldn’t be the last time sin would be committed. Before they tasted the fruit they had only been able to see good. There was no evil in the world around them and they couldn’t have even imagined it if it did exist. But then they ate the bite that changed everything.

When they confessed their sin God spoke the curses that sin brought on and then He showed His wonderful grace by revealing to them that a blood sacrifice was needed to restore the relationship. And unlike their descendants, Adam and Eve wore the constant reminder of what their sin caused, a blood sacrifice. Sin deserves death and God’s holiness says it must be paid, but His wonderful love says that grace must be shown to His chosen people.

The Creator loved those created in His image so much that killed some of His other creation to pay the price owed by His chosen creation. The animals killed for Adam and Eve’s sin were blameless and without spot, they were the first visual example of what Jesus came to be, the perfect sacrifice.

Making It Personal

How quick are you to admit that you have sinned? Does acknowledging your sins give you a clearer picture of God’s grace? What do you need to confess today?

Making It Personal Kids

Do you quickly admit that you have sinned? Who should you talk to when you sin? What sin do you need to tell Jesus about today?

Closing Prayer

Father, we confess that we have selfishly lived for our own pleasure. Help us to humbly acknowledge when we sin and repent of our sins so that we can be in clear communication and loving relationship with You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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