Cloth yourself with Jesus

Genesis 3:21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

Notice how caring God was even after they sinned. He could have eliminated them right away but He didn’t. He had to make it harder for them so that they might think about what they had done and be prevented from rebelling further (Genesis 3:16-19). But He clothed them. This is something man tried to do with the fig leaves (Genesis 3:7), but was wholly inadequate. Now God gives them garments of skin. Why did He do that?

Well, first He obviously cares about them. But there are other considerations. In order to make the garments of skin, He had to kill some animals–probably in front of Adam and Eve. It showed them that death was necessary to make their clothes. It showed them the consequences of sin without killing them. These animals (Adam named them) were probably friends with Adam and Eve. It hurt them to see these animals die. It showed them that they must make sacrifices for their sin. And thirdly, it showed them a future event. One day, a sacrifice of woman’s seed would be made — His name was Jesus Christ. This would be the final sacrifice that would cleanse them and other people who believed of their sins. It showed early man that we must clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14). They did not know who He was yet but they had the symbol of His sacrifice on their bodies.

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Genesis 1 and Jesus

I have had more insight into Genesis 1 and Jesus.  I have seen how He can be seen with each new day.  Day one: As I said, He is the Beginning (Revelation 21:6; 22:13), the Word (John1:1-3, 14; Revelation 19:13), and the Light (John 1:4-5,9; 8:12).  Day two: He is our atmosphere — without Him we cannot live (Acts 17:28). Day three: He is the spring of water (John 4:13-14) and He is our ground (our rock and foundation — Luke 6:48).  From Him we get our nourishment. He is also our seed, who fell to the ground so that we might have life John 12:23-24). Day four: He is our Sun, He is the bright and morning Star (Revelation 22:16).  Day five: He is the eagle that catches us on our wings (Deuteronomy 22:11), the hen who gathers us as chicks under her wings (Matthew 23:37; Luke 13:34). Day 6: He is the butterfly (He lived, died, and lived again), the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world John 1:29; Revelation 5:6) and the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5).  He is also the last Adam who gives us life instead of death, righteousness instead of sin, and health instead of sickness I Corinthians 15:45).  Those are all the ways I see Jesus pictured in Genesis 1.

Jesus Our Sabbath Rest

The sign of the Sabbath was to show that God gave the Israelites rest from their labors in Israel, to show that He was the one that made them holy, and because God completed His work and rested on the Sabbath. But it was only a shadow of the rest that Jesus gave when He completed His work on the cross and rose from the dead. The Sabbath showed us that as God’s people, His body, we rest in Jesus. He is our Sabbath rest. The Sabbath day is a shadow of the rest we receive in Jesus because of His death & resurrection on the cross. Now we “rest” on Sunday because that is when Jesus finished His work of salvation by rising from the dead, just like God finished His work of creation on the sixth day and rested on the Seventh–Genesis 2:2,3. He is our High Priest who offered His own blood as the spotless Lamb of God. Now His body–those who have faith in Jesus Christ–rests in Him. One day, when He comes back, we will have our permanent rest forever. Read Hebrews 2:17; 3:17-5:10.

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Reference: Warren, Tony “Who Changed the Sabbath Day to Sunday”, 1996, http://www.mountainretreatorg.net Please read Tony Warren’s article for a complete study on Jesus and the Sabbath day rest.