Genesis 3:21,24

And the Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.
He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden, God stationed the cherub angels and a flaming sword,
 which turned in every direction, to guard the way to the tree of life.
Genesis 3:21,24
Why do most little people love the game of hide and seek? It seems as if it is intuitive to children. Like many parents, we spent hours ‘looking’ for one of our kids, all the while knowing exactly where they were hiding, and then doing it again and again and again. Never tiring of this silly diversion, their giggles often gave them away, and their eyes would twinkle with delight when they were discovered or when they located our new secret hideaway.
 
In Genesis 3 we see Adam and Eve hiding from God. This passage explains why the world is the way it is, and it gives us the first glimmer of the gospel. Following their confession, Adam and Eve listened as God described the consequences of their sin. They would experience suffering in childbirth, heartache in relationships and pain and difficulty in their work. The promise of affliction was pervasive.
 
Noticing their nakedness, Adam and Eve had sown fig leaves together to cover themselves. Their innocence was gone, and their shame was insidious. However, the fig leaves were unable to cover their guilt and God began his restoration process by providing coverings made of animal skins. This is the first glance of what would be required to rescue mankind. The animal skins symbolized the necessity of shed blood for the redemption of sin. This act of mercy is a symbol of God covering our spiritual shame as well.
 
After God provides coverings, he takes action to protect the couple. Knowing that left to themselves, Adam and Eve would seek the fruit of the tree once again. Their lustful hearts would draw them back for another tasting of the desirous and delicious fruit. God’s protection came by not only removing them from the garden, but also by placing an angel and a flaming sword to prevent them from entering. God protects Adam and Eve, even in their most vulnerable state.
 
Here we see God as he is; both Redeemer and Savior, even to these who were wholly responsible for the fall of mankind. He understood they were but dust, weak, powerless and vulnerable. Continuing to seek them out, even in the midst of their shame and sinful state, he did not cast them aside.
 
We sin, cover, and lie. We hide from each other, from our friends, coworkers, and neighbors, ashamed of what others might think of us. We run from God in our humiliation and believe lies that cause us to doubt God’s ability to protect and provide for us. This picture of Adam and Eve, and more importantly of God, can help us to refuse to believe lies, be quick to confess, and to trust in Jesus for forgiveness. And this is the gospel: he sees us as we are, he comes after us again and again and again, and he redeems us. There is no longer a need to hide.
Linda Miller | Ministry Development

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