Day 1

Adam and Eve

Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:4-9, Genesis 2:15-25, Genesis 3:1-24, Joel 2:26-27

BY Rebecca Faires

In any study of biblical people, it’s tempting to take the easy route and look at the humans in the story and say, “Yeah! Do what they did!” or, more frequently, “Don’t do what she did, oh no!” We long to take a moral from the stories of their lives. Resist this urge. Look instead, in every story, at what God is doing. Even in the stories where we don’t see His name mentioned, He is working and remembering His people. He is putting the gospel story on display in their individual stories—and in our own.

Adam and Eve give us a glimpse of what pre-fall humanity looked like as untarnished image-bearers of God (Genesis 1:27). At the start, they are righteously naked—naked like babies. I imagine they are just delighted to be alive, living freely in healthy, functioning bodies alongside their Creator. But after the fall, Adam and Eve are tarnished image-bearers of God, and their nakedness bears shame instead of pure and innocent glory.

Truly, Adam and Eve’s original state is hardly recognizable to us. Since the fall, we now see all things from the perspective of our own fallenness. Every nook and cranny of our world now hides a tinge of that original sin. So it’s tough to imagine righteous nakedness, but I am definitely on board for the new heaven and the new earth where shame and sin no longer smudge the image of God we bear.

Adam and Eve, realizing their sin and shame, attempt to hide and cover up. First they use their own hands to craft garments from fig leaves; they are attempting a man-made, physical solution to a spiritual problem. This is insufficient.

Then God clothes them in animal skins, but this requires the first shedding of blood—the loss of life and spirit of an animal—signifying that a God-created, spiritual solution is needed to solve the problem of sin and shame.

We need God to clothe us as He clothed Adam and Eve. Our spotless righteousness was lost in the fall. Now, we must be clothed with His robes of righteousness, which can only be granted by the shedding of blood—Jesus’s blood. When we are clothed in His righteousness, we can once again find freedom from shame and guilt.

We still try to find our own way to righteousness, to free ourselves from shame, either by declaring our sins to be virtues—or by ignoring them altogether. We try to deny that we are fallen at all and laud our shame as admirable (Romans 1:28–32). But these efforts are just more fig leaves.

The only solution is Christ. He does not return us to the past, to Eden, but raises us to a new and greater Eden, which cannot be lost. He does not merely restore us to pre-fallen righteous nakedness, but grants us the new and more glorious clothing of Christ’s righteousness. In Him alone we find the fullness of what it means to be made in the image of God: to be like Christ. And “we know that we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).

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  1. Marilyn Taplin says:

    Loved your content Rebecca, sounds interesting!
    When the peoples of earth do not understand the third chapter of Genesis, the story of Adam and Eve, and the sin that was forbidden for each and every one of us we cannot understand God, goodness, holiness, or the rest of the Bible.
    You may also check my blog about Original Sin
    Hope this will also enlighten us. Thank

  2. Alexis Jackson says:

    This was a very good bible study

  3. Shonda T says:

    Thank God for his love ❤️

  4. Marilyn Taplin says:

    In the last days the wicked will have created a false Christianity. All the woes to the hypocrite can be read to those who belong to this false Christianity. However, Jesus tells us this: “If my people, which are called by my name, (Christians) shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). Read my book about A Law from Eden Solving the Mystery of Original Sin


  5. Winona McCaulley says:

    The number of times I have read these passages and never saw the parallels to Christ and us. Truly eye opening and so encouraging! Cannot wait to study this further!

  6. Audrey Flores says:

    Wow, the devotional was dripping with truth from the Holy Spirit. That was a great word. Gave me a whole new insight to Genesis but also to who God is. Thank you for showing me how Jesus is referenced in this story. This was a beautiful thing to read both His word and the devotional!

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