Firm Foundation Bible Study

Lesson 24 – Are you Covered? 
Genesis 3:21

When Adam and Eve were created, they were made without clothing.  However, after they sinned, they realized they were naked and sewed fig leaves to cover themselves. 

Genesis 3:21 – “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”

Did God accept their covering of fig leaves?  No!  God did not approve of their attempts to make themselves right with Him. 

Likewise, God refuses to accept our way of making ourselves right with Him.  Man tries religion, but God does not accept religion. 

Man tries being a good person, but God does not accept man’s good works.  There is only one covering that God will accept and it is pictured for us in verse 21.

There are two action words in verse 21.  The first action word is the word “make”.  Who is doing the action?  God is.  What did God make?  He made coats of skins.

Did God let Adam and Eve make the clothing themselves?   No.  Did they help out God in making the clothing?  No.  God made the clothing all by Himself.

It pictures that man cannot work for or earn God’s covering for sin. 

Many people try religion or being a good person.  But these are actually obstacles to receiving the forgiveness of sins and coming into a right relationship with God.  

God alone made clothing for Adam and Eve so their sin could be covered.  Likewise, God alone made a way for man’s sin to be covered and come into a right relationship with Him.

What is the second action word in this verse?  It is the word clothed.  Did Adam and Eve clothe themselves with these coats of skins?  No. God clothed them.  It is a picture of God’s grace.

God covered their sin because there was nothing Adam and Eve could do to clothe themselves.  They deserved to die because of their sin, but God covered their sin by God’s grace alone. 

They did not deserve it, but God loved them and showed grace to them by clothing them.

Likewise, we deserve to die because of our sin, but God in His grace, made a way to cover our sin so that we could receive the forgiveness of sin and enter into a right relationship with Him.

Where did the coats of skins come from?  Skins come from animals.  The only way you get the skin off of an animal is for the animal to die.  

The animal skins that God put on Adam and Eve are a picture of the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

God first mentioned the coming Savior in verse 15 and now God gives them a picture of what Jesus Christ will do.  He would become the substitute, the one who dies in our place.

Just as the animals died in Adam and Eve’s place, so Jesus Christ died in our place. 

In clothing Adam and Eve with skins, the animal’s blood was shed.  Likewise, Jesus Christ shed His blood for our sin. 

There is only one thing that will cover your sin.  It is not following religion.  It is not being a good person.  It is not by anything you can do to earn it.

Jesus Christ is the only covering for sin that God accepts.  Are your sins covered by Jesus Christ? 

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Questions Lesson 24

1. Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves to cover their nakedness.  According to Genesis 3:21, God did not accept their covering for sin.        
a. True            
b. False

2. Genesis 3:21 shows us that just as God did not accept Adam and Eve’s attempts to cover their sin, so God does not accept of your efforts to cover your sin to make yourself right with Him.
a. True            
b. False

3. According to the Bible, God does not accept our religious efforts to cover our sin.
a. True            
b. False

4. According to the Bible, God does not accept our efforts to be a good person to cover our sin.
a. True            
b. False

5. Genesis 3:21 shows God making coats of skins to clothe Adam and Eve.  This pictures that man cannot work for or earn God’s covering for sin.    
a. True
b. False

6. According to the Bible, God will only accept one covering for sin.   
a. True     
b. False

7. According to the Bible, God made a way for man’s sin to be covered and come into a right relationship with him.            
a. True            
b. False

8. The coats of skins in Genesis 3:21 are a picture of what Jesus Christ did for us. 
a. True            
b. False

9. According to the Bible, just as the animals died in Adam’s place, so Jesus Christ died in our place. 
a. True            
b. False

10.  According to the Bible, Jesus Christ is the only covering for sin that God will accept. 
a. True            
b. False

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