We glanced out the window, wiped the fog away caused from our breath as we exclaimed, “No school!”
We rushed to get layers and layers of clothes on. With a double layer of socks, sweaters, coats, pants and earmuffs, we were almost set.
Gloves. We needed gloves.
Most people lose Tupperware lids or socks, but at our house, it was gloves. We found one here and one there, none of them matching, but all of them cloth. In fact, most of the time, we put socks on our hands.
It was time. We were headed out to the great, white snow.
We’d play for a while and then we would all venture back in and gather around the wood stove.
We’d start pulling off our wet clothes and shoes, setting them by the stove to dry, but the gloves, aka the socks were soaked. We would peel them from our tiny hands, revealing red, cold fingers. Oh, the pain! As soon as they started warming up, it would hurt like nothing we had ever imagined. Rubbing them together, we tried to ease the pain and warm them up, but it took time.
Finally, one Christmas, our grandmother bought us all toboggans, scarves and waterproof gloves. Hallelujah! I was determined not to lose those. They provided the right covering when our socks could not compete.
“The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21).
How did God make coats of skin? He had to kill an innocent animal.
If we look back at verse seven, we see Adam and Eve’s attempt to cover themselves: “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”
But these leaves were only a feeble attempt. Their sin was exposed. Their shame was on display. There was nothing they could do to take it away or cover it.
So, while they were still sinful, God stepped in. He provided a sacrifice. An innocent gave its life to cover the sins of mankind.
What a beautiful picture of Jesus.
He, the sinless lamb of God, poured out His own life, dying to cover our sins. Even today, we attempt to cover our sins or think we can take away sin and shame by good works. But if Adam and Eve couldn’t do it with one sin, what makes us think we can?
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