Last week I re-posted a long ago post from 2013 Pictures of Jesus in Genesis Page 4, because it was my nephew’s wedding day and my post was about a wedding….I decided to go ahead and take the next few weeks to re-post the whole series…since, after all, it is my favorite…I hope you are as amazed at God’s detailed plan for our salvation as I always am……bless you.
So far we’ve covered 4 pictures of Jesus in our album!
The first week…one of my favorites…we saw how Jesus was there in the beginning when God created the earth. Skeptical? I don’t mind…read this: Here
Week 2 we read about God’s creation and the first thing he did was to create Light. And we know Jesus said HE is the light of the world…so we have another glimpse of Jesus right at the beginning of creation. Read this and I’ll fill you in: Here
The next week was the first wedding and how Adams relationship with Eve is a portrait of Christ and the church. The most beautiful wedding photos ever: Here
And last week, we saw the picture of Eve’s being deceived and her husband lowering himself to her level, in order to save her. Here
Brilliant pictures for us…but maybe not so brilliant for those who had no New Testament to compare them with. Still, they’re there. And as we unfold the dusty pages of our album today, we will see what God did as a result of their sin.
As soon as Adam and Eve’s eyes were opened, they knew they were naked and covered themselves with fig leaves. God had said, “In the day you eat of the tree you will surely die.”
Before the day ended, in the cool of the evening, God came to visit them.
What do we know about Eden? We know it was perfect, it was lush, it was a place of complete relaxation, no worries, nothing to fear… a place to live…and it belonged to Adam and Eve. Paradise. That’s the word for it. Their every day was Paradise.
But an intruder came into their perfect life and they both fell into sin. Well, they didn’t fall into anything…they chose to believe a lie. And because of them, death entered the world.
This is a picture of all of us. Banished.
We have choices and we make the wrong ones. We are selfish and demand our own way…and God lets us have it…but out of His eternal love for us, He provides a way for us, to once again return to Him. The first picture we have of God’s eternal plan for the salvation of man is seen right here, in the Garden, with Adam and Eve, on the very day they sinned.
On day one, God showed mankind what they would have to do to approach Him.
He made garments out of skins and clothed them.
That’s what it says.
A library full of books could be written on that one line.
Adam and Eve lived in a picture perfect world. They had never seen so much as a leaf fall to the ground and die. But on this day, God made the first sacrifice for sin…a foretelling of an event that was to come. Something had to die in order for their ‘sin’ to be ‘covered.’
Adam and Eve had never seen death. The had never seen anything to compared to this. At once, they understood the gravity of what they had done. Something gave its life so they could live. And this should resonate in the heart of all believers:
God himself provided the sacrifice. He ‘covered’ their sin.
It was a picture. As time went on the picture became more and more clear…but it still wasn’t perfectly clear, even after the death of Jesus. The disciples who walked and talked with him daily, still had no clue how all of this related to their Messiah. They were confused. After Jesus died they were in utter dismay. Expecting a King to free them from the tyranny of Rome…they didn’t understand that the Messiah had to die.
But the scripture tells us…after the resurrection Jesus met them on the road to Emmaus and Jesus “beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them all the scriptures concerning himself.” Luke 24:27 Jesus began with the very scriptures WE are studying and explained how they were all pictures of Him!
There are two pictures in the Old testament of the coming Messiah. One a conquering King…the other, mostly overlooked…a suffering servant ( Isaiah 53). Jesus came as the servant to suffer and die for the sin of the whole world. And He rose from the dead.
My husband asked me: “Do you know why Jesus rose from the dead?” Ok, I’ll play along… “No, why?” “Because the wages of sin is death and Jesus never sinned, so death couldn’t hold him”……wow….. just wow.
God Gives Adam a Glimpse of His Plan
God pronounced the curse on mankind for their disobedience. But before He pronounced the curse…He gave them hope. He gave us another significant picture of something to come in the future…speaking to satan, God said:
” I will put enmity between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will bruise his heel.”
It is significant that God spoke of satan’s seed…..and Eve’s seed. The first indication of a virgin birth. All other places in the Bible, offspring, are referred to as the seed of man. But THIS particular seed will be the seed of Woman. Eve’s seed, the seed of woman, will redeem the world of sin. And then God pronounced the curse and they were banished from the garden.
I heard a well known preacher say he didn’t think Adam and Eve were saved. Well, I respectfully disagree. I’ll tell you why next week.