We have looked at the sentence pronounced on Adam and his wife after the fall, and noted that it was judgement mixed with mercy. This is God’s way during this present life. It will not always be so. We also noted the importance of these sentences for a clear understanding of this present existence. We cannot be happy and RightWithGod in this life, except by a humble submission to these sentences. When we do submit to them, we glorify and justify God in His pronouncing of them.
Two very important things now take place before Adam and his wife are sent out of the garden of Eden. First of all we read of the naming of his wife by Adam in Genesis 3:20, “And Adam called his wife’s name ‘Eve’; because she was the mother of all living”. The Hebrew word translated, Eve, means ‘life’. It would hardly be necessary to say this, if all that was meant was that she was the mother of all members of the human race; that would be patently obvious anyway. It is very likely that Adam had in mind the gospel promise of Genesis 3:15, regarding the seed of the woman, where it is clearly a reference to all believers that will ever receive everlasting life through the suffering of the Saviour who was to be born of the seed of the woman: “In him was live; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4). Adam was expressing his faith in the God’s promise of a Saviour, in naming His wife, Eve.
Then there is the wonderful gospel illustration of God making for Adam and Eve coverings of skins. This necessitated the killing of an animal. Immediately after the fall Adam and his wife made for themselves coverings for their nakedness made up of leaves sewn together into aprons. (v7). This pitiful attempt represents the feebleness of the coverings that mankind make for themselves to hide the shame of their sin, by covering themselves with good works. It just will not work. A whole lifetime devoted to good works will not cover even one sin, or bring a person one bit nearer to being RighWithGod. I fact they will simply alienate us further from God, because they inevitably generate self-righteousness, which God hates. Instead of these feeble, and worse than useless coverings that Adam and Eve had made for themselves, God Himself makes for them better coverings, made from the skins of slain animals.
Why were these coverings better? Because they pointed forward to the sacrifices of the Old Testament, which in turn pointed forward to the sacrifice of Christ, the Lamb of God, on the cross of Calvary, the final sacrifice to end all sacrifices. The bible encourages us to do good works, and it is natural for the person who is RighWithGod to do so; but they are an incidental part of the christian life, and must never be looked to as a way of salvation, not even part of that way. It is looking away from self and all that is within, and looking outwards to Christ and Him crucified that saves, and nothing else. He says, “look unto me, and be ye saved” (Isaiah 45:22).