The first man and woman found themselves hiding from their Creator. The light of God that clothed them was gone; the darkness of sin and evil had entered into the human race. Their immediate impulse was to cover the shame of their act of disobedience. If left in that condition, they would be hopelessly alienated from God. The Genesis account carefully notes man’s condition in creation … “Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Gen 1:26-27 NIV).

After the Fall, man’s condition as a result of procreation was different … “When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image” (Gen 5:3 NIV). There had been daily fellowship in the Garden between man and the LORD God, the pre-incarnate Christ. Now, Adam and Eve were fearful. “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you” (Gen 3:8-9 NIV)?

The Hebrew text is stronger–why are you where you are? “He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid." And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?" The man said, "The woman you put here with me — she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate” (Gen 3:10-13 NIV). They sought to pass the blame for their sin on each other and even God.

Turning to the serpent the LORD God gave the first promise of a coming Savior.  “So the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” (Gen 3:14-15 NIV). In grace, the LORD God presented the gospel of His future work on the Cross to pay for their sins and those of all mankind. Adam and Eve responded in faith and God slew an innocent animal and clothed them. It was a picture of being clothed in the Righteousness of God through faith in the future work of the Lamb of God who would offer Himself as a guilt offering for the sins of humanity.

Paul would write… “But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man [Adam], how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man [Adam], death reigned through that one man [Adam], how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ” (Rom 5:15-17 NIV).

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