Coats of Skin

In Genesis 3:21, we are told the Lord God made for Adam and Eve coats of skin. Why did God make them coats of skin since they had already (vs. 7) made themselves garments from fig leaves? Adam and Eve were created perfect, by God, with the ability to live forever.  He put them in the Garden of Eden, with perfect food and they had the ability to discern between right and wrong.  However, God commanded them not to eat the fruit of one particular tree in the Garden, and if they disobeyed, death would be the penalty (Gen. 2:17).

One day Satan convinced Eve by telling her the first lie that she would not die, but become wiser, if she ate of that tree.  After taking a bite of the forbidden fruit, she gave it to Adam, and, he also ate of it, willingly disobeying God’s command (1 Tim. 2:14).    Immediately, their eyes were opened, and they realized that they were naked.

They were used to communion and fellowship with God in the “cool of the day.”  What were they to do now?  With fear and shame, they dreaded to meet God.  Their righteous position with God began to decline, so they decided to sew fig-leaf garments to maintain virtue and self-respect before their Creator.  In the “cool of the day,” the voice of God called to them, and they hid themselves among the trees — the natural impulse of guilt.

In place of the fig-leaf garments, God made them “coats of skin,” which required the shedding of blood and death. This suggested that a future covering for man’s guilt would provided by the death of a Redeemer.  God’s law of Justice required a perfect human man to redeem Adam (Ex. 21:23).  When Adam transgressed God’s command, he lost his perfection, and became a sinner. Thus, all of  Adam’s descendants, who were born after the fall, were born in sin (Psa. 51:5) and because of their imperfection, none of them could redeem Adam (Psa. 49:7).

Therefore, God so loved the human family, that He gave His only begotten son to redeem Adam and all mankind (John 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:21-22).   Jesus was born a perfect human being, (Matt. 3:17) and in due time, gave himself a ransom, and died for all mankind (1 Tim 2:5,6; 1 Cor. 15:3; Eph. 1:7).

In Genesis 3:21, we are told the Lord God made for Adam and Eve coats of skin. Why did God make them coats of skin since they had already (vs. 7) made themselves garments from fig leaves? Adam and Eve were created perfect, by God, with the ability to live forever.  He put them in the Garden of Eden, with perfect food and they had the ability to discern between right and wrong.  However, God commanded them not to eat the fruit of one particular tree in the Garden, and if they disobeyed, death would be the penalty (Gen. 2:17).

One day Satan convinced Eve by telling her the first lie that she would not die, but become wiser, if she ate of that tree.  After taking a bite of the forbidden fruit, she gave it to Adam, and, he also ate of it, willingly disobeying God’s command (1 Tim. 2:14).    Immediately, their eyes were opened, and they realized that they were naked.

They were used to communion and fellowship with God in the “cool of the day.”  What were they to do now?  With fear and shame, they dreaded to meet God.  Their righteous position with God began to decline, so they decided to sew fig-leaf garments to maintain virtue and self-respect before their Creator.  In the “cool of the day,” the voice of God called to them, and they hid themselves among the trees — the natural impulse of guilt.

In place of the fig-leaf garments, God made them “coats of skin,” which required the shedding of blood and death. This suggested that a future covering for man’s guilt would provided by the death of a Redeemer.  God’s law of Justice required a perfect human man to redeem Adam (Ex. 21:23).  When Adam transgressed God’s command, he lost his perfection, and became a sinner. Thus, all of  Adam’s descendants, who were born after the fall, were born in sin (Psa. 51:5) and because of their imperfection, none of them could redeem Adam (Psa. 49:7).

Therefore, God so loved the human family, that He gave His only begotten son to redeem Adam and all mankind (John 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:21-22).   Jesus was born a perfect human being, (Matt. 3:17) and in due time, gave himself a ransom, and died for all mankind (1 Tim 2:5,6; 1 Cor. 15:3; Eph. 1:7).

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