The First Sacrifice-Genesis 3:20-24, 4:1

Genesis 3:20-24, 4:1 “Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living. 21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. Gen 4:1 Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.”
Genesi 3:20-24, 4:1 “L’uomo chiamò sua moglie Eva, perché è stata la madre di tutti i viventi. 21 Dio il Signore fece ad Adamo e a sua moglie delle tuniche di pelle, e li vestì. 22 Poi Dio il Signore disse: «Ecco, l’uomo è diventato come uno di noi, quanto alla conoscenza del bene e del male. Guardiamo che egli non stenda la mano e prenda anche del frutto dell’albero della vita, ne mangi e viva per sempre». 23 Perciò Dio il Signore mandò via l’uomo dal giardino di Eden, perché lavorasse la terra da cui era stato tratto. 24 Così egli scacciò l’uomo e pose a oriente del giardino di Eden i cherubini, che vibravano da ogni parte una spada fiammeggiante, per custodire la via dell’albero della vita.  Adamo conobbe Eva, sua moglie, la quale concepì e partorì Caino, e disse: «Ho acquistato un uomo con l’aiuto del Signore».”
 
     After God’s pronouncement of judgment in the Garden of Eden on man, woman and the serpent, the grace of God brings comfort to Adam by telling him that his death will not be immediate. As he sees God’s grace at work, he names his wife Eve (literally meaning “living”). Although they are banned from the garden and their punishment would carry a weight that would pass on to all generations, they acknowledge the kindness of the Lord. As a reminder to Eve of the grace of God, she names her firstborn son, Cain, which means “I have received a man from the Lord”.
     The grace of God continues as He makes the first animal sacrifice to provide garments for Adam and Eve. The institution of sacrifice that is developed throughout the Scriptures began with God’s example and would become a part of the redemption plan. The garments of skin communicate with Adam and Eve that God is making a provision for them. Although life will be tough and struggles will be their lot, God has not forgotten His creation and will supply redemption from the curse. Romans 3:25 says about Jesus Christ: “God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness,”
     As believers, we are clothed with righteousness because God made the sacrifice once for all, not in the temporal use of animals, but by making the ultimate sacrifice: Himself. To the confused church at Colossae, Paul writes, “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” Colossians 1:19-20. It is not just that God is good now but that God has always been good.
Pray with me: Lord, I marvel at your great mercy and grace extended to a fallen world. Help me as a believer to never forget Your sacrifice that redeems me from my sins.


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