K Neill Foster

Daily Doctrine

A daily devotional by Dr. K. Neill Foster

for May 21, 2019

Coats of Skin Styled by God

Text: "The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them." Genesis 3:21

Once Adam and Eve became aware of their nakedness, their fig-leaf efforts to cover themselves (3:7) proved to be inadequate--a human effort directed toward a situation which required God's intervention. So the Lord God got into the tailoring business. He made garments of animal skins for Adam and Eve. I can imagine that the garments were both elegant and utilitarian. There were no digital cameras there to capture what they looked like, but we can use our imagination.

But note--the use of skins makes clear that some animals died before the clothes were completed. Blood was shed for human covering. The picture is one of redemption in the event itself: Fig leaves are like human works and self--effort, always inadequate. The skins, tailored by God Himself, are possible only through the shedding of blood.

In the first wardrobe of the first couple, redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ was announced. And today, salvation still offers covering to every naked sinner.

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