Lamb Slain for Adam and Eve

LAMB SLAIN FOR ADAM AND EVE


“The Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.” (Genesis 3:21 NLT)

What was involved when the Lord God made clothing from animal skins?

WHO
Some have thought that man made the clothing after receiving instructions from God.
•    The Geneva Bible states that God “gave them knowledge to make themselves coats.” (Genesis 3:21 Geneva Notes)
•    This would make man the instrument of his own redemption, and would give man the power to cover his own sin. Man did not have the understanding of how to kill an animal to make coats of skin BEFORE man fell into sin, for the knowledge of death could not come to man until after man sinned: “Just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin.” (Romans 5:12 NKJV)
•    Man did not have the understanding of how to kill an animal to make coats of skin immediately after the fall, for man only knew how to make a covering of fig leaves:  “They sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.” (Genesis 3:7-8 NKJV)  
•    God alone could cover the nakedness of man; God alone made the clothing:  “I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,’ says the Lord God. ‘Then I washed you in water; yes, I thoroughly washed off your blood, and I anointed you with oil.’ I clothed you.” (Ezekiel 16:8-10 NKJV)

WHAT
•    The initial covering of fig leaves still caused man to consider himself as naked and needing to hide: “I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” (Genesis 3:10 NKJV)
•    The coverings of fig leaves would become unusable within a short period of time. God made them superior coverings by providing them with tunics of skin. Man would be considered as no longer naked only after an animal was slain.
•    The Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary states these are “the skin of a lamb or a kid … the skin of a beast … a portion of which would be fastened as belts around their bodies.” (Genesis 3:21 Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary)
•    The Keil and Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament states, “God also displayed His mercy by clothing the two with coats of skin, i.e., the skins of beasts.” (Genesis 3:20-21 Keil and Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament)

WHERE
•    The sacrifice of the animal was done near where Adam and Eve first discovered they were naked, namely at the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and evil: “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.” (Genesis 3:6-7 NKJV)
•    The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and evil was at the same location as the Tree of Life: “The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” (Genesis 2:9 NKJV)
•    It was at this same location that God set up cherubim with the flaming sword: “He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:24 NKJV)
•    The sacrifice of the animal at Eden was offered in the presence of God as He dwelt between the cherubim.
•    The article “Eden and Jerusalem Traditions” (http://www.3amthoughts.com/article/land/edenandjerusalemtraditions) demonstrates that the sacrifice in the Garden of Eden may have occurred in the same place as the temple where the presence of God would dwell between the cherubim.

WHEN
•    God covered man’s nakedness only AFTER man had acknowledged his nakedness: “So he [Adam] said, ‘I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.’” (Genesis 3:10 NKJV)
•    The covering of the man’s nakedness occurred only after the promise of the crushing of the serpent: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:15 NKJV)
•    Man was again made naked while he removed the inadequate coverings of fig leaves that were made. Man let the inadequate covering fall to the ground and allowed God to put on him a covering that permanently covered his nakedness.

HOW
“Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21 NKJV) The tunics of skins required the death of the animal. The word translated as “skins” “always designates the hide of animals after skinning.” (`owr OT:5785 Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament)

WHY
•    God could have made a covering for Adam and Eve by simply speaking it into existence. Yet he made tunics through the sacrifice of an animal. God could have allowed man to die with no possibility of restoration.
•    The fact that man had sinned before God required the shedding of blood: “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” (Hebrews 9:22 NIV)
•    The first Adam received the covering of the sacrifice of a lamb in the Garden but was sent away from Paradise. The Last Adam became the sacrifice of the Lamb so that man could be received back into Paradise.

“The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8 NKJV)