Have you ever had that dream? You know, the one where you somehow end up naked. I’m no Joseph but I’d guess it has something to do with a feeling of vulnerability or inadequacy. However, today I want to start back when that dream would have meant nothing. I’m not talking about your honeymoon, I’m talking about the Garden of Eden.
For the first time period (we don’t know how long), Adam and Eve were naked and not ashamed. Before the fall, there was no feeling of fear, vulnerability or inadequacy. They were content. Then of course the fall. What’s amazing about the story of the fall is something my pastor just pointed out in last week’s sermon. He focused on after the fall and even emphasized the verse Genesis 3:21, “And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them”. Even after the sin, God responded in grace, sacrificed an innocent animal and provided clothes for Adam and Eve. This act of clothing was much more than practical. It was symbolic that God provides, He covers, He even handles the sacrifice. Despite Adam and Even not “deserving” this treatment, God treated them with Love and Grace anyway.
But lets look deeper at this act of clothing… Isaiah 61:10 says “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Here Isaiah even specifically states they are “garments of salvation”. Isaiah’s prophecy is very much focused on the coming Messiah, who will become the garment of salvation.
Continuing on, here’s a few more extremely important ‘clothing’ examples.
- Jacob give Joseph the ‘coat of many colors’.
- Jesus tells a parable where the Father gives the ‘Prodigal Son’ his robe.
- The guards even sarcastically cover Jesus in a robe (however when done for wrong this clothing action is obviously inadequate.
All of these references really point to the fact that God provides His Son as our garment of salvation. Just as he did for Adam and Eve. We can’t earn it, we certainly don’t deserve it. But He provided an innocent sacrifice, clothes us in righteousness and forgives our sins.
Lord, thank you for always providing, even when I don’t deserve it. Thank you for showing us the way to Love the undeserving (us). Thank you for showing grace in the face of our failures. Thank you for providing us the total faith that we will once again be able to commune with you as Adam and Eve once did.