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Still Waters: God's Provision

Genesis 3:20-21 “And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”

There are two important thoughts expressed in the above verses. The first has to do with Adam’s faith. He called his wife “Eve,” expressing faith in God’s promise found in the fifteenth verse. He believed God’s proclamation that her seed would crush the serpent’s head, thus providing the hope of deliverance for all the human family. In Acts 17:26, while preaching to the Athenians at Areopagus, Paul said, “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation....” But, not only is Eve literally the mother of all living, she also was the means through which the Messiah could come to deliver mankind from sin and it’s author, Satan. See also Galatians 4:4-5; Hebrews 2:14-15; 1 John 3:8.

Another interesting revelation given in this verse has to do with the covering of Adam and Eve’s nakedness. They had endeavored to cover their own nakedness with the use of fig leaves. This effort was not accepted by God. Rather, He clothed them with coats of skins. This is the first example of sacrifice in Scripture, as God sacrificed animals in order that the nakedness of the guilty pair might be covered. In the next chapter, we will see that God would not accept the works of Cain’s hands, but would only accept an animal sacrificed by Abel when the brothers presented themselves before Him. These sacrifices, along with all of the sacrifices under the system of the Law, were pointing ahead to the Supreme sacrifice for sin, the Lord Jesus Christ. Still today, most are endeavoring to make themselves acceptable to God through their own works. This has never worked. It did not with Adam and Eve, and it will not work to this very day. It did not work with Cain, and it will not work now. The Lord Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

Pastor Steve Smith


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