Lately I have been going through a devotional study book focusing on the women of the Bible. Presently I am studying Eve and the Fall of Creation.
While studying, I’ve realized the blame game that Adam and Eve played: Adam blaming Eve, and Eve blaming the serpent, while in reality they all played a part in the Fall. While studying I’ve read how God punished all three, Adam, Eve and the Serpent. I’ve read how God said “The man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:22). And I’ve read how God said “lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and life forever..” (Genesis 3:22).
I also read Genesis 3:21, a small little passage that I think often goes unnoticed in the story of the Fall of Man. It reads “And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.”
Interesting, right? Do you get it?
So often the story of the Fall is portrayed as Adam and Eve sinning, and God throwing them out of the Garden of Eden along with their due punishments (which of course is correct). But how often do we look at that short, seemingly insignificant verse, “God clothed them”?
Yes, God banished Adam and Eve from the Garden. He sent them away, sent them into exile. But, before He did, He showed a simple, powerful gesture of compassion, kindness, love and mercy by making skins and clothing them.
He prepared them. He clothed them. He loved them, still.
He clothed them. Even after they turned away from Him.
What a hope this brings me, brings us. Despite our sins, despite our shortcomings, despite our failings, He still loves us. He still clothes us, blesses us, cares for us, loves on us.