The God Who Reconciles Sinners
When the man and the woman sewed fig leaves together to cover their nakedness (Genesis 3:7), they performed the first religious act in human history. Their knowledge of their own nakedness was symptomatic of their guilt and shame. They’d eaten the forbidden fruit and now their sins had separated them from their God (Isaiah 59:1-2); therefore their eyes turned inward in a self-focused manner. They looked to their own efforts to solve their sin problem—resulting in them covering themselves with fig leaves.
News flash: fig leaves cannot cover the nakedness of sin. Therefore God, who desires fellowship and relationship with the creatures He has made, covered their nakedness for them. By covering them with tunics made from the skins, animal life had to be sacrificed. Blood was shed … blood that covered their sins.
What a beautiful picture of the heart of God! He yearns for us to be with Him. He longs for communion, for fellowship, for connection. His action on behalf of our first parents demonstrates the folly of self-made religion which has no value. It also demonstrates that for reconciliation to take place between God and man, God had to make the first move. And He did.
Ultimately, Jesus Christ would be the Lamb of God. His sacrifice would take away the sins of the world; specifically, of those who trust in Him (John 1:29; 1 John 2:1-2; John 1:12).
For Further Review
1. Describe what it feels like for you to experience true guilt, the guilt that stems from specific sins you have committed. Use your own words.
2. What religious acts have you attempted to perform to make yourself right with God, or to relieve your symptoms of guilt? Read Romans 5:6-8 and Ephesians 2:8-9. How do these passages correct those attempts?
3. Think about it this statement with regard to being reconciled to God: God had to make the first move. And He did. What did God do to make the first move toward the world that He loves?
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