“And the Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.” Gen 3:21 (NASB)
“and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross” Colossians 1:20
As we’ve looked at Genesis 3 this week we’ve seen how accepting lies that sound like truth impacts not just us but also future generations. With “The Fall”, Death came immediately: spiritually for humankind but also physically for nature. As Adam was to tend the Garden, with Adam’s fall all of creation became subject to futility as it was no longer fully working according to God's plan.
After the Fall did God leave Adam naked and alone?
No, “And the Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.” For there to be “garments of skin”, a sacrifice was made, a death occurred to cover Adam and Eve's sin, fear, guilt and shame. Just as Adam and Eve were separated, EVERY human carries this original sin with them which separates them from the Lord God.
Here’s the Key: The reconciliation of spiritually dead men and women to God was not be not easy or cheap; it required a blood sacrifice. And not any blood sacrifice but to be an acceptable permanent sacrifice, the source had to be precious (the Son of God) and innocent of sin (“pure and spotless”) (1Peter 1:19).
Another, older word for reconciliation is atonement. Here are some other images used to describe what Jesus accomplished overcoming our curse of death, at-one-moment:
a payment of ransom for a slave's freedom (Mark 10:45)
a prisoner’s forgiveness in a court of law (Matthew 26:28)
a military victory (1 Cor 15:55-57)
a king establishing his power (Philippians 2:8-11).
Daily Battle Order: Other than Jesus, has anyone ever sacrificed for you? Has anyone ever put it all on the line and taken a fall that cost them more than you could repay? What did you learn? What have you learned that you can teach others?
Father, we live in a world that was broken because of Man’s sin. We inherited their sinful nature and we toil harder and wrestle between what is and what should be. That sin has caused us to be ugly to one another and ever prideful towards You. Lord renew our minds. Let us know you have saved us for something more holy and better than the things that we sometimes think you are keeping from us. Remind us of the victory that You have delivered from the curses we put on each other and the trappings of the enemy. Give us wisdom and increase our fruit. For we know that all things come together for good for those who love You and are called according to Your purpose.