Clothed by God

“And the Lord God made garments of skin
for Adam and his wife and clothed them.”
(Genesis 3:21)

Lent Five

Whether, ‘To obey or not to obey,’ or ‘To be or not to be,’ the freedom of choice is still ours. Adam and Eve made the wrong choice – which amounted to a rejection of God and His character- and were banished. We will not begin to understand what seems to be the severity of that judgment until we are able to appreciate something of the holiness and absolute purity of God. God told Moses that no one could look at His face and live. We must not fall into the modern and comfortable trap of thinking that sin is naughtiness, and can be dealt with by a slap on the wrist or an hour in the corner. ‘The wages of sin is death’ (Romans 6:23). Sin brings death to relationships – with God, others and ourselves – and ends in an eternal separation from God. Unless, that is, God does something about it. He is the only one who can.

We find a hint of it here. God does not just throw them out of the garden, physically and spiritually naked and vulnerable. He does something. He clothes them Himself with garments which He has made. It is interesting that they are made of skin. Was this the first sacrifice, made so that man and woman could live? If so, it is possible to imagine that the first animal killed was a lamb, and that the humans were clothed in the skin of the lamb. This would point towards the day when help would come from the ‘Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,’ and when we would be clothed with the righteousness (the right with God-ness] of Christ Himself. That righteousness would then make healing possible in our relationships with ourselves and others as well.

A key truth for us is that when we lose our vision of God, we lose our vision of everything else as well – both good and evil – and of our value as humans.


Lord God, thank You for the freedom of choice that you have given me. Help me to honour You in the way that I exercise it, and increase in me an understanding of Your glory. Amen.



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