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GOD’S COVERING

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Day 50

“And the Lord God made garments of skin for
Adam and his wife, and clothed them”
Genesis 3:21

Adam and Eve disobeyed God on the one and only condition He gave them; that they did not eat of the tree of knowledge. They lost their covering when they sinned, and became aware of their own nakedness. They hid When God called them because of their sin and nakedness.

Read carefully what God does; He deals with their sin. But after a lengthy pronouncement of judgment, He makes provision for them. He makes garments of skin to cover their nakedness. The Creator of the universe, God Almighty, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, has compassion on Adam and Eve. He graciously intervenes by providing adequate protection to the vulnerable couple. The protection – the garments – cover their embarrassment and help preserve them in the new and hostile environment.

God’s provision of covering for Adam and Eve was obtained by the slaying of an animal. This first slaying of an animal foreshadowed the Old Testament system of animal sacrifices for sin, and ultimately the blood shed by Christ for us. What a God He is! Man rebels against Him, and in response He provides a covering! Make no mistake; sin brought consequences and loss, but He was determined to redeem His children.

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf,
that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”
2 Corinthians 5:21

LOVE FOR DISOBEDIENCE

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Day 22

“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth,
and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”
Hebrews 12:6

Hebrews 12 delivers the very heart and purpose of God’s chastisements in our lives.

It is His Love for us.

We come to understand that His chastisement is meant to train us for perfection and peace. Consider this: we must first have been disobedient to need chastisement. With that in mind, the greater glory of our Heavenly Father’s love becomes clear.

The reward for disobedience is not rejection or removal from life. No, to a child of God, the reward for disobedience is love. This chastisement love may not be pleasant when it hits, but it is still love. It is the love of a good father.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with loving-kindness”
Jeremiah 33:3