21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.

In June of 2014, a Minnesota man broke into a home and stole multiple items including credit cards, cash, and a watch. The man left some wet clothes behind because it had been raining, but was able to make a successful getaway before the homeowner returned. There was only one problem. The home intruder had used a computer at the house to check his Facebook and forgot to log out of his account before making his escape.[1] This is a humorous example that allows us to easily laugh at this rather large mistake made by a criminal. However, the reality is that sin causes all of us to do dumb things.

In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve had disobeyed God and eaten the fruit of the tree that God had forbidden them from. To say there was fallout from this decision is a huge understatement. This one decision has impacted the rest of human history and everyone who has ever lived. Upon recognizing their sin and shame because of their sin, the man and woman attempted a literal cover-up, using fig leaves to cover their nakedness before each other and God (Genesis 3:7). This attempt was a greater failure than the criminal who forgot to log out of his Facebook. Their attempt to hide and cover their shame was utterly unsuccessful.

To be certain, there were dire consequences for Adam and Eve’s sin against God. However, we also see that God exhibited grace to them at their point of complete shame. In Genesis 1:21, God took the life of an animal and made a more suitable covering for the man and woman. The first sacrifice of an animal for the sin of mankind pointed forward to the ultimate sacrifice of Christ that God would make on behalf of sinful humanity. Truly, at our worst moments, God has continually shown us grace.

• How have you made poor attempts to hide your guilt and shame before God?

• How has he met you in these attempts with the grace of Jesus?

• Thank God for His grace displayed to foolish sinners through the finished work of Jesus. Pray that you would take seriously your sin before Him and seek to walk in obedience.

[1] "Police: Thief Forgets To Log Off Facebook After Burglarizing Home." WCCO | CBS Minnesota. June 23, 2014. Accessed February 22, 2019. https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/06/23/thief-forgets-to-log-out-of-facebook-after-burglarizing-home/.