Genesis 3:21, Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.
Adam was God’s son. He had fallen and he was foolish, but he was the son of God. We see this written in the genealogy in
Luke 3:38, the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.
God cares about the restoration of His children.
Romans 5:10-11, For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
We may have different symptoms, just as a flu virus may produce different symptoms in different people, but we all suffer from the fatal infection of sin! Sin has affected us differently according to our backgrounds and circumstances, but regardless of the symptoms, it is still the same disease. There is but one cure: The blood… The blood of Christ is God’s antidote to the plague of sin that has attacked the world, and yes, even the Body of Christ!
When talking with the lost, do we present a solution to the tragedies of life that affect them. Do we offered them the balm of Gilliad for the injuries that come from inner flaws and failures.
Do we first offer provision (a tunic of skin) for the sons and daughters who fallen, have we made opportunity for them to come out of the bushes or the darkness long enough to find Christ or are we quick to judge (can we look passed their nakedness long enough to share Christ).
Adam and Eve were hiding in the bushes, afraid of judgment.
Romans 5:8, But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
And many of our fallen brethren are hiding afraid of judgment, and what they need more than our self-imposed condemnation is to hear the message of Christ, and His grace.
Ephesians 4:14-15, that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—
The lost don’t want to come out to a preacher or a crowd that merely points out their nakedness and has nothing in hand to cover them. We need to offer the perfect sacrifice (the love of Christ) to the sons and daughters of God as well as to the world.
The blood of Christ will reach the falling, faltering son who hides in the bushes of our churches.
I John 4:18-21, There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us. If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.
The story of real heroisms is the story of sacrificial blood.
Can we be brave enough to overlook sin long enough to share the story of Christ great sacrifice of grace and mercy. I’m not saying condone sin, but are we willing to cover sin with a tunic of skin (as God did) long enough to apply the blood of Jesus.
Who will walk in the cool of the garden to find those who are still in the bushes? How many of us have taken the first steps to discover the fallen, but have not taken the deeper walk to covering the fallen.
Matthew 5:38-48, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. 41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.
How can a son or daughter stand naked and ashamed waiting for God grace in exchange for his failure, if all we offer is judgment, yet have great mercy for our own shortcomings? God covered Adam and Eve’s nakedness, and now covers our sin (nakedness) with the blood of Jesus. Let’s not hold back God’s grace from anyone, because of our predetermined judgments or prejudice.