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Leaves or Leather

September 22, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

God’s method of salvation never changes. It has always been about His way and not ours. Take Adam and Eve for example. After Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil their eyes were opened to their sin and nakedness. Their attempt to cover their sin came in the form of fig-leaf aprons. While we don’t know how they managed to sew them together, my assumption is that they were relatively frail, full of holes and only thinly veiled the reality of their situation. God saw straight through their façade.

After they were called on the floor for not only what they did but how they tried to cover it, God demonstrated His solution to the problem. Every sin carries with it a consequence. For Adam and Eve it was expulsion from Eden and a heritage of sin and death passed down from generation to generation. He then did something that acted as a type and shadow of how He would deal with the issue of sin entering the world and specifically their sin. “The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.” (Gen 3:21)

This is significant for a few reasons. First, in order to make these clothes, the blood of an animal had to be spilt and a life had to be taken. This marks the first time death was used as propitiation for sin and it was a prophetic act pointing to the time when the Lamb of God, without blemish or defect, would die as a perfect sacrifice covering all sin.

These garments of skin are also significant because it shows us that the only way sin can be properly dealt with and covered is God’s way. He rejected Adam’s attempt to do so by declaring that those fig leaves were insufficient and totally inadequate to deal with their sin. The great thing about it though is that he did not just leave them there naked and shamed. He provided covering for them.

The same is true today. Our attempts to deal with and cover our sin to 100% useless. It is full of holes and always leaves us exposed. The great news though is that God has once again prepared robes for us but this time from a material so strong and eternal that it will never wear-out, shrink or come undone.

Isa 61:10 – I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness

Just as with Adam and Eve, they did nothing to make those robes. In actuality, God gave them to them despite their own efforts to not need them. Truth is, they did need them and we do as well. There is nothing we can do to cover our own sin, only relying on the blood of Jesus that was spilt will accomplish this.

God loved Adam and Eve so much that He made the first garment of salvation for them and if you receive and rely exclusively on His grace, He will clothe you with them as well.

The choice is yours. Do you want your sin to be covered with leaves or leather?

Categories: God, Grace, Jesus, Mormonism, Salvation
  1. Pamela Millet Hart
    June 14, 2012 at 4:49 am

    The term “pre-existence” is incorrect. Please use “pre-mortal life.” Thank you.

    • June 23, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Pamela, I think you meant to comment on my post called “You are from beneath; I am from above” where I deal with the LDS idea of a pre-earth life. If you think the term “pre-existence” is not the correct term used by the LDS church I would suggest going to their website and doing a search for it. It has been used by the General Authorities plenty of times. “Per-mortal life” is also used but both are treated as acceptable synonyms.
      Thank you for reading.

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