“…the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.” – Genesis 3:21
God’s love and grace towards us are seen even at the beginning of the Bible. When we fail, He is always there to lift us up, dust us off, and show us how to walk again. This is the true character of the Lord.
When God finished creation, He placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and told them that they should not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because they would die. God declared it, and if they went against God’s Word it was sin, and they would die. It was as simple as that. Now, if it was that simple to understand, then why did Eve fail so miserably? I don’t think we have to look very far to find the answer.
When we examine our own lives, we see many of the same things that we see in Eve. She listened to Satan question God’s Word and allowed doubt to settle in her mind. And, when she replied, she added to what God had originally said and misquoted Him. I would venture to say these are the things that led her down on the beginning of a very dark road that would cause separation between her and her Maker. Many times today, we do the very same things.
Like Eve, we misquote God and change His Word to fit the way we want to live, we exchange His plan for our plan and still ask Him to bless us. Eve “saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise” and she took of it when she was not supposed to. Although God had provided other sources to fill her physical and spiritual needs, sin misguided her. God’s perfect plan was set aside for personal ideas.
Through this, though, God did not remain angry but brought restoration. There were repercussions of the sin that Adam and Eve allowed into their lives, but God had a plan and made a way. In Genesis 3:15, God already proclaims Jesus will come to restore spiritually, and we see in verse 21 that He takes care of us physically too. Sin leads us down dark roads, but the Lord always provides and restores!