Genesis 3:21 “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats (robes or coverings) of skins, and clothed them.
There is a duality of meanings possible in this verse. If we look at the following:
- Job 10:9-11 “Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again? Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese? Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.”
- Job 14:22 “But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.”
- Job 31:33 “If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom”
Paul then tells us; 1 Corinthians 15:39-40 “All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
Finally Yeshua speaks in Luke 24:39 “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”
It would appear to be the transformation of the creation called man from a spirit-body to a fleshly body as a result of the sin. Sin being the agent for degeneration.
Secondly, this is the institution of blood sacrifice for the remission of sins. Many would argue that these were only established in the Levitical era after Mt. Saini yet we will see in the upcoming story of Cain and Abel that sin offering required bloodshed as taught here by God himself.
God’s living creatures…..what we typically call animals……are very important to God. Man is certainly above the animals, placed into dominion over the animals, yet we’re made of the same stuff as the animals; the dust of the ground. And, God put that same “neshemah”, the spirit of life, into both animals and mankind.
If one could attach a human emotion to God, it would have been a terrible thing that day, had God killed an animal or two to make a covering for Adam and Eve; it would have grieved Him greatly. I am quite certain it grieved Him when, for His own good reasons, it became necessary for animals to be slain on a regular basis for blood sacrifice, in order to atone for men’s sins.
It was a very high price for mankind to be found in the skin they’re in……