“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. And he said, “I heard the sound of thee in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself…And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins, and clothed them.”
We are all familiar with the account of the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. We can draw so many lessons from it, but today I would like to focus on how God provided a proper covering for us. After Adam and Eve ate the fruit their eyes were opened and they saw that they were naked; they felt compelled to cover their nakedness with an apron of fig leaves. We know that fig leaves are an imperfect clothing, and that they will not last or provide a proper covering to protect against the elements. This act of disobedience to God’s instruction is one of the saddest points for mankind because this is the separation of man from God. It was at this point man that could no longer live in the presence of God.
God uses the physical to teach the spiritual. Adam and Eve tried to cover themselves with clothing that is inferior. We see in verse 26 that God provided them with a superior covering of skins. Skins would last, and they would also protect them in their new environment that was now cursed, harsh and threatening. These skins are an echo to Christ. An innocent animal had to die for those skins to be provided, and God Himself provided that first animal sacrifice.
May we not forget that God provided us with a proper covering in His son and that we are saved not by our own inferior righteousness (fig leaves) but by our Lord and Saviour Jesus. For those of us who have put on Christ will be saved.