"And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them." (Genesis 3:21)
Satan had just deceived Eve and Adam. They both had listened to the devil's lie and partaken of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, disobeying God. (Genesis 3:6-7; Gen 2:9). There was one rule and they broke it, and sin entered their heart and the world.
What a terrible moment! An awful thing happened...two humans living in perfection and walking in direct fellowship with God, rebelled. Listening to satan's lie they decided that God was holding out on them and they sought more.
They learned different very quickly. However, the damage was done. God cursed the serpent, and the wife, and the husband. (Genesis 3:14-19).
But then, then, His incredible love and compassion reigns. The consequences of their act will remain, but God 'made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.'
He didn't say, 'I'll teach you to make clothes.' He didn't say, 'Figure it out for yourselves, you deserve it.' He made clothes, and then HE clothed them. What love!!
But it gets even better. God made clothes for them out of skins. The presumption is that an animal died if God made the clothes out of skins. And if skins were used, blood was shed.
So... the first blood shed on earth was done by God, and for the purpose of covering his sinning children.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Now we have Jesus covering us:
|Lars Justinen, artist, "Robe of Righteousness"|
The first Adam was covered by God, and the Last Adam IS the covering of God. (1 Corinthians 15:45). Rejoice in His incredible love for us, brethren. We serve a compassionate God.