After Adam and Eve sinned, their relationship with God was broken. In love, He comes looking for them in the garden. He has a plan to fix their sin problem and restore the relationship.
God revealed His plan in verse 15. He is speaking to the devil and says,
Genesis 3:15 – “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
What does the word “seed” mean? In this case, it means descendants. God tells the devil that there will be a descendent of the woman who will destroy him.
God knew that man would sin, but He had a plan to fix the sin problem and make a way for man to come into a right relationship with Him.
God’s plan focused on this particular descendant of the woman. This descendant would become known as the Savior because He would save people from penalty of their sin. It would be this coming Savior that would destroy the devil.
Who is the Savior? It is God Himself. He planned to be born into this world in order to pay the penalty of man’s sin so that we can come into a right relationship with Him. His name is Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the seed of the woman because, as God, He does not have a physical father. Just as the Bible teaches in other places, Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, without a human father.
God told the devil that he will bruise the Savior’s heel. Does a wound to the heel speak of permanent death? No. Jesus died, but three days later, He rose from the dead.
Then God told the devil that the coming Savior will bruise his head. Does a wound to the head speak of permanent death? Yes. The Savior will bring permanent destruction to the devil.
Jesus Christ paid the penalty of sin when He died on the cross. He defeated Satan and fixed man’s sin problem so we could have a right relationship with God. God can now give eternal life to all those who believe on Him with all their heart.
Questions Key Truth #8
1. What does the word “seed” mean?
2. What is the descendant of the woman to be called?
3. What was the Savior’s name?
4. According to the Bible, Jesus Christ was God in human flesh? True or False
5. Does a wound to the heel speak of permanent death? Yes or No
6. Does a wound to the head speak of permanent death? Yes or No
7. According to the Bible, Jesus conquered sin and defeated Satan on the cross so that man’s sin problem could be fixed, and that man could come into a right relationship with God? True or False
After Adam and Eve sinned, we read
Genesis 3:7 – “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.”
When Adam and Eve were created, they were made without clothing and were not ashamed. However, after they sinned, what did they realize? They realized they were naked.
They saw nakedness as something to be ashamed of. So, what did they do? They sewed fig leaves to cover their bodies. But now we read,
Genesis 3:21 – “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”
Adam and Eve tried to fix their sin problem their own way to make themselves right with God. Did God accept their covering of fig leaves? No, He made coats of skins instead.
God did not approve of their attempts to make themselves right with Him. Likewise, God refuses to accept your way of making yourself right with Him.
Some people try religion and think it will make them right with God, but religion cannot make you right with God. Some people try being a good person and think that it will make them right with God but being a good person cannot make you right with God.
There is only one covering for sin that God will accept, and it is pictured for us in verse 21. There are two action words in verse 21.
What is the first action word? It 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 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 to make them right with God. But these are actually obstacles to receiving the forgiveness of sins and coming into a right relationship with God.
Just as God alone made clothing for Adam and Eve so their sin could be covered, so 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. Who did? God did. It is a picture of God’s grace.
What does grace mean? Grace means getting something you do not deserve. God covered Adam and Eve’s sin even though they did not deserve it. Likewise, God offers to cover your sin even though you do not deserve it.
Where did the 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. Jesus Christ 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?
Questions Key Truth #9
8. In Genesis 3:7, what did Adam and Eve realize after they sinned?
9. What did they do when they realized they were naked?
10. In Genesis 3:21, did God accept their covering of fig leaves? Yes or No
11. In Genesis 3:21, what is the first action word?
12. Who is doing the action?
13. What did God make?
14. It pictures that man cannot work for or earn God’s covering for _________
15. In Genesis 3:21, what is the second action word?
16. Who is doing the action?
17. What did God do?
18. It is a picture of God’s grace as He covered man’s _________ even though we do not deserve it
19. Who do the animals that died picture?
20. Who is the only covering for sin that God accepts?
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