Naked and ashamed. No, not me. Adam and Eve. This is literally one of the oldest stories in history, so I’m guessing you already know it.

(For those who’d like a refresher, I refer you to my previous Red Thread post: Naked and Unashamed.)

When Adam and Eve believed Satan’s lie (“You’ll be like God”[1]over God’s truth (“for from the day you eat of it, you will surely die”[2]), and they acted on the lie by eating the forbidden fruit, they became the first to experience and understand that sin never affects only the one who sins.

Sin always causes a ripple effect.

Their sin caused a ripple effect that’s still moving through the world. 

Their sin left them standing there, fruit in hand, with a harsh new view of themselves: Naked and Ashamed. 

You know that feeling.

Ok, maybe not the feeling of standing literally naked and ashamed, but you know the sinking realization that you’ve really done it this time, and now you’re in big trouble. 

What do you do?

Do you run into the bathroom closet like I did?

All for a bottle of coke!
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All for a bottle of coke!

When I was young, my sister and our friend were thirsting to death (insert proper schoolgirl dramatics here), so of course we HAD to sneak that one step onto the forbidden, freshly mopped kitchen floor to nab the bottle of Coke off the counter. 

Unfortunately, the bottle opener was deeper into the forbidden zone than we were willing to risk. What to do? Wait for the floor to dry so we could walk on it?

No!

Using our brilliant young minds, we reasoned we’d use the edge of the metal table in our bedroom to smack the cap off.

Foolproof! 

With a swift whack of the bottle against the table, the cap flew off, attached to the now jagged and broken top of the glass  bottle, which soared across the room and landed in our friend’s arm.

Seriously? It can’t fly off into outer space? She was standing further away than either of us, and it gashes her?

So I did what any rational kid would do.

I RAN and HID in the bathroom closet! (I think my sister ran to get help and stop the bleeding. I don’t know. I was in the closet.)

I can still hear my mom’s footsteps entering the bathroom, the tapping sound as she neared my hiding spot, and the creak of the door as it opened to my impending doom. Still gives me shivers!

The surprise and anger in her eyes as she reached for a towel and found me crouched on the floor left me feeling exposed, naked and ashamed. I was fully known and horrified by what I’d done. 

I'm in trouble now!
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Boy! Am I in trouble now!

Obviously what I did pales in comparison to the trouble Adam and Eve caused. They were in a mountain of trouble, and yet, God’s love for them and His demand for justice met in the Garden with an eye to the cross.

Instead of tossing them out and starting over, God tossed out their failed fig leaf suits and clothed them in a picture of Christ and the road to redemption, the road that would lead God’s sinless Son to the cross.

God sacrificed the life of a blameless animal so they could be clothed in its innocence as a visible sign of His Promise to send His Son to pay for their sin.

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

Now they could understand the cost of sin and God’s commitment to their redemption—and to ours.

Adam and Eve could do nothing to redeem or free themselves from the sin that now enslaved them. Their best efforts were worthless.

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
~ Isaiah 64:6

They couldn’t, but God could, and out of His great mercy, He would. But it wouldn’t cost Him a lamb. It would cost Him His Son.

But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. 
~ Isaiah 53:5-6

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Genesis 3 – Because of God’s great mercy, He clothed them. 

I think we’ve heard: “the penalty for sin is death” (Romans 6:23) so many times, we’ve become desensitized to the literal seriousness of it. Adam and Eve weren’t.

We can turn on almost any TV channel and see death, but they’d never seen it.

Adam & Eve had only known love, peace, and perfection, until they sinned.

The Bible doesn’t tell us what type of animal God sacrificed, but it could have been a lamb. That’s not a stretch since Jesus was called the Lamb of God, and God often used a lamb to foreshadow Christ’s sacrifice.

Whatever type of animal it was, most likely Adam and Eve had cared for him—and now he had to die so they could be clothed in his skin.

This seems unnecessarily brutal, but it wasn’t. Brutal, yes. Unnecessary, no.

Sin is that serious, and it does require the ultimate sacrifice to redeem it.

Unfortunately, a lamb couldn’t pay the full price of sin. It was just a Red Thread Clue of what Jesus would do. Only the death of Jesus, the blameless Lamb of God, could pay it all, but there was good news.

Out of death, came life.

Since the days of Adam and Eve, man has been born with sin, fully known and ashamed. But, through God’s perfect love and amazing grace, He sent His own Son so that out of His death and resurrection, we can be restored, fully known and no longer ashamed.

If you’ve never accepted His free gift of salvation, there’s no time like the present. The Bible tells us how:

The skin of the animal was just our first visible Red Thread Clue in the Bible. There’s many more to come! 

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[1] Genesis 3:5

[2] Genesis 2:17

 

 

 

 

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