After eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Eve and Adam's eyes were opened and they knew they were naked. They ‘sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths’ (Genesis 3:7, ESV).
Their sin now separated them from the protection God provided in the garden. Their eyes were opened to the consequences of listening to the snake rather than obeying God’s word. In such, they saw each other in the flesh for the spirit that lived in them in the garden was no longer in a sinful temple. In their own strength, they reached for fig leaves and weaved them to hide their flesh, their nakedness, their sins because they were now filled with the realization of their actions. They tried recreating God's protection by making the loincloths in the garden just like we tirelessly attempt to recreate, reestablish, or rebuild a life we want. But they couldn’t for their sin made them of the world. However, before God sent them out the garden of Eden, He made them ‘tunics of skin, and clothed them’ (Genesis 3:23, ESV). Though they betrayed His trust, His love for them, and us knows no bound. Even in their disobedience, and their own attempts to cover themselves with loincloths, God clothed them. He provided for them again. Even in their sin, Yahweh yir’eh.
Adam and Eve’s sin drove them from an overflowing garden to a cursed land they have to till for the remainder of their days. Through the crafty ways of the serpent, Adam traded God’s design for a life of toil where thorns and thistles marked their experiences. Days and nights, he tilled the ground, and from the sweat of his face, he ate the herb of the field and bread. After 930 years, he returned to dust.
“And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”, (1 Corinthians 15:45, ESV)”.
As God’s word to Adam came to pass, so did the curse spoken over the serpent: “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all the livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel,” (Genesis 3:14-15, ESV).
God established an enmity between the woman and the serpent, and proclaimed that her offspring, Jesus, would come to crush the wickedness born from the serpent’s deceit, at the cost of his life.
"Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned —for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many," (Romans 5: 12-15, ESV).
“And so it is written, “The last Adam became a life-giving spirit”, (1 Corinthians 15:45)”.
Genesis 3:7, Genesis 3:23, 1 Corinthians 15:45, Genesis 3:14-15, Romans 5:12-15, 1 Corinthians 15:45. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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