Genesis 3:21 reveals to us just how good and merciful God is. This short verse, although often overlooked, gives us a glimpse of God's great plan of salvation for mankind.
In this article we'll talk about what we can learn from this verse which says:
"Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them."
The day God showed extreme kindness
We know that by this time, Adam and Eve had already committed the first sin mankind ever committed.
We read earlier in Genesis 3 how the serpent deceived Eve and caused her to disobey God and eat the forbidden fruit. We also read how Eve gave the fruit to her husband who, without asking any question or any obvious hesitation, simply ate as well.
After this, we read them hiding among the trees in the garden, simply because they realized their nakedness and were afraid of God.
God, despite Adam's obedience, didn't choose to kill him and Eve. He didn't choose to erase the history of mankind and start all over again. He didn't punish Adam and Eve with instant death, despite having said in Genesis 2:17 that if they eat the fruit, they "shall surely die."
No, God did not do that. Rather, He did something only He could do: be gracious and merciful.
Love and Righteousness combined
God is holy, righteous, and just. Because of this, no sin can ever stand in His presence. His righteousness and justice must punish all sin and wrongdoing.
He needed to cast Adam and Eve out of His presence because if they stayed in the garden, they might "take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever" (see Genesis 3:22). God cannot allow that to happen.
In His love, however, God did one thing we should all take notice of: He made tunics of skin and clothed Adam and Eve.
What does this teach us?
1) God doesn't want us naked - literally and figuratively
God clothed Adam and Eve. Literally this speaks of His desire for all of us to dress modestly and keep our bodies to ourselves.
Ever noticed how immorality and pornography have always depicted women (and men) as mere objects? God wants us to respect Him by honoring man as made in His image and likeness. The devil, however, wants us to dishonor God by treating each other as mere objects.
Figuratively, God also wanted to cover our shame and nakedness. All of our sins are revealed before God, but in Christ all of these are covered by His precious blood; and because covered by His precious blood, they are forgiven and forgotten by God (see Isaiah 1:18; 43:25).
2) That He Himself made the way for us to be forgiven and saved
The Bible tells us that no man can ever save himself. Adam and Eve could not undo their sin and its effects. We are forever enslaved by sin because of their sin (see Romans 5:12).
God, in His great mercy, gave us His only begotten Son, the "Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" (see John 1:29). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died on the cross for our sakes so that our sins may be forgiven and for us to be adopted as God's children.
3) That we must put on Christ
If God clothed Adam and Eve with tunics made of skins, we ought to clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ and live according to His pleasure.
Romans 13:13-14 tells us,
"Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts."