When Adam and Eve sinned, and fell from the presence of God, they tried to cover up their guilt and shame with fig leaves:
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
The sin nature was only realized when Adam ate of the fruit. Since our God is one of order, you can see that it was also necessary to note that it wasn’t in eve eating the fruit that caused them to be aware of their nakedness, but when “Adam” ate of it, then they became aware. This is because God created man from the dust – blowing His breath into man, but God created Eve from Adam. She was a part of him. So when he fell, they both fell.
(This order is important and will help to explain why it was of utmost necessity that the Savior had to be born of a virgin)
As you can see, Adam tried to cover up his guilt and shame with fig leaves. His knowledge of sin caused him to hide from God who knows all truth, but before whom, Adam never felt that sense of shame and need for hiding himself.
God then calls His lost son back graciously with the simple words “Where are you?”
God gives Adam an opportunity to repent at this point, but like all mankind, Adam looked for someone to blame. In blaming Eve, Adam was really blaming God since God had made and given him Eve as a helpmeet.
Because of the tree of eternal life was also in the Garden of Eden, God knew that if Adam and Eve had now eaten of it in this fallen state, they would be doomed to remain this way for all eternity.
As a result, God tells them that not only are they to be put out of the garden (which was actually an act of love until He fulfilled His plan of redemption,) but He gives a hidden prophecy in His words to show how salvation would one day come for all people. He says to the serpent:
So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
In the last two verses, you see that the woman’s offspring and the serpent’s offspring will be at enmity, and though the serpent’s offspring will strike the heel of her offspring (cause all mankind to sin and stumble in some way or the other), her offspring would crush his head.( A fatal blow once and for all!) God also speaks singularly of “One” particular offspring of the woman Who would crush the serpent’s head in saying that “He” would do this.
Further, God then goes on to describe how salvation would come with a hidden prophetic symbol of salvation in how he temporarily covered up his fallen children Adam and Eve before sending them out of the garden:
The Lord God made garments of skin and clothed them.
“Garments of skin” refers to animal skins. God shows that He threw off the mere fig leaves that Adam used to cover up (our own efforts – ambitions, wealth, status, popularity, false religion), as it was no covering at all, and He then killed and shed the blood of an animal in order to get it’s “skin” to cover the man’s shame and guilt for sin.
We continue to see this in the story of Abel and Cain:
Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell
Why did God not respect Cain’s offering? It was because God had already shown that He requires blood offering by sacrificing an animal’s life to cover Adam and Eve. Abel was able to give such an offering having brought the “firstborn of his flock”, but once again, Cain brought “fruit of the ground” (another example of fig leaves – but instead fruit this time) and we see that God did not accept it, but accepted the animal sacrifice of Abel
This teaches us that the only offering that God accepts is blood offering, but why?
It’s because God is Holy and set apart from all that is unholy. God is also life. Sin causes death, and the only way that a man can atone for the death we deserve, is if someone dies in our place instead.
These are just a few of the hund
red of examples throughout scripture that show this point
“every day you are to provide a year old lamb without defect for a burnt offering to the Lord; morning by morning you shall provide it
The animal you choose must be year old males without defect
Alas, at the appointed time, God shows us that the blood of mere animals could never completely atone for sins. Nor does He desire for continual blood offerings. These things were only symbolic of what was to come.
“What makes you think I want all of your sacrifices?” says the Lord; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed cattle; And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs, or goats
This is when we see that our God is a God of love beyond compare! Out of His great love, He got up from His throne, and came to the earth as the man Jesus Christ who lived a perfect sinless life (a lamb without spot or blemish) and He willingly died in our place once and for all for all the sins we have ever committed, past, present, and future!!!!
He was born of a virgin because the testimony of history shown in the old testament shows that all mankind, both Israel, and all surrounding nations had this sin nature. That sin nature was passed through out all mankind by the seed of man. So every child that enters this world, comes into it having been a product of original sin by Adam and Eve. Since Jesus was the only man born of a virgin in human history, born of the very Spirit of God, He was sort of like a second Adam (before the temptation of the serpent and the fall) who was holy and blameless once again, and able to be a spotless lamb that would serve as a sacrifice for our sin. (1 Corinthians 15 in the New Testament explains this in more depth)
And God the Father proved that Jesus was who He claimed to be (The Son of God), because three days after He was buried, God raised Him from the grave! If death is only a result of sin, and Jesus had no sin in Him, then surely He could not die! He then showed himself alive to over 500 people including His 12 disciples (minus Judas.) This was written in the book of Hebrews in the New Testament to further explain:
For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.
5 Therefore, when He came into the world, He said:
“Sacrifice and offering You did not desire,
But a body You have prepared for Me.
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin
You had no pleasure.
7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—
In the volume of the book it is written of Me—
To do Your will, O God.’”
8 Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), 9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.”[b] He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Christ’s Death Perfects the Sanctified
11 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
15 But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,
16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” 17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.
Hold Fast Your Confession
19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful
God has opened a way by sending his very own Son to be our atonement for sin – once and for all – forever! He also knew that He was gonna do this thousands of years before He ever came! He did this out of His great love to break the barrier which is sin which separates us (sinful mankind) from Him (Holy and pure), and we are now seen as blameless in His sight thanks to the blood covering of Jesus Christ sacrifice on the cross!
This is why Jesus said:
I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me
If our sinful state was so bad that the only way we could be redeemed was for God himself to come and bear the burden for that which we committed, then it is all important that we receive this gracious gift with our whole heart as the only way for salvation
It is also written: (My commentary in brackets)
And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. (this is about Jesus having come from the Father in heaven)
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: (this aludes to Jesus death on a cross and is taken from a prophecy in Exodus about how the people who were bit by snakes were to be healed – you can read that story here if you’d like: Numbers 21:4-9)
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (we are justified in God’s sight simply be faith in His Son)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Jesus loves you and died for all your sins of the past, present and future. To take away every sin that keeps you from spending eternity in His Holy presence. All you have to do is receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior and you will be saved. The Word of God says:
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved
If you need more information, I’d love to meet with you sometime and go book by book though every one of the Old Testament Scriptures, (the Torah, the Psalms, and the Prophets) to show you why Jesus is not only the fulfillment but the only way to salvation
The New Testament further shows the revelation of these things as it explains how Jesus fulfilled over a hundred different prophecies about the “Messiah” who was to come, something that was written about upto thousands of years before He was ever born unto the virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit of God
Carefully consider these things.
God bless you richly,