The First Sacrifice
“And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them” (Genesis 3.21 ESV).
When Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, God gave them free-will, which came in the metaphor of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. God wanted sons and daughters, not robots that had no choice to obey or disobey. He knew, though, like all children that we would make mistakes, allowing our sin to separate us from Him. So He also planted in the Garden of Eden the Tree of Life, which is Jesus Christ. Adam and Eve lost God’s glory covering them, so God did the first sacrifice mentioned in the Bible. He sacrificed animals in order to cover their nakedness and shame. This symbolic payment of sacrificing animals to recompense for humanity’s sin is a foreshadowing in the Old Testament of what Jesus would do in the New Testament. Every time an animal was sacrificed in the Old Testament, God would see the Finished Word of Jesus Christ on the Cross because He lives outside of time. God rested on the Seventh Day of Creation, or Reconciliation Day, knowing that Jesus would redeem all six days with His sacrifice. Starting from that first sacrifice until Jesus was led like a lamb to the slaughter, God’s justice was paid. God is a good God who requires justice. But He is also a loving Heavenly Father Who loves His children. He maintained His justice and His love through the final sacrifice offered up by Jesus Christ, God in the flesh.
“He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth” (Isaiah 53.7 NIV).
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