This the first in a series of personal devotions that have come from conversations that I have had recently. I thought I would share what I have been reading. The goal of this devotional series is to not teach, but to guide you through some reflection.
Don’t read them to learn. Read them to change.
And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” — Gen. 3:10 ESV
That verse has Adam in Eve, just after partaking of the forbidden fruit. Their eyes were opened and they, for the first time, saw their nakedness and felt shame. This wasn’t a physical response to their bodies, this was a gaining of new knowledge, and that knowledge was that they were sinful. The first disobedient act was a choice to go against God’s will, thereby rendering their will, sin. That was the fruit! Not a plant, rather, their own decision.
After (hu)man(ity) receives its consequences we read verse 21.
And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. — Gen. 3:21 ESV
The garments of skin were God’s provision for restoring Adam’s and Eve’s fellowship with Himself and imply slaying of an animal in order to provide them. — Charles Caldwell Ryrie, ed., The Ryrie Study Bible, Expanded, Accordance electronic ed. (Chicago: Moody Press, 1995), paragraph 245.
Let’s move quickly to Leviticus:
Then the Lord called to Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When any man of you brings an offering to the Lord, you shall bring your offering of animals from the herd or the flock. ‘If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer it, a male without defect; he shall offer it at the doorway of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the Lord. ‘He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, that it may be accepted for him to make atonement on his behalf. ‘He shall slay the young bull before the Lord; and Aaron’s sons the priests shall offer up the blood and sprinkle the blood around on the altar that is at the doorway of the tent of meeting. ‘He shall then skin the burnt offering and cut it into its pieces. — Lev 1:1-6 NASB
Back to Genesis:
Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together. — Gen 22:7,8 NASB
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