PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ

(Official communication to the public)

8/29/18

 

When Adam and Eve rebelled against God being in their life they immediately felt shame and fear, as a result thy hid from God.  Genesis 3:7, 10 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.  “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” Trying to hide their guilt and shame they made flimsy garments from fig leaves. It was useless; God could see through their cover-up knowing something was horribly wrong.

When we sin and rebel against God we often try to cover it up and minimize its affects. We, like Adam and Eve blame someone or something so we are off the hook.  Again it doesn’t work because God sees everything and understands our motives and our very thoughts. There is nothing we can do to rectify the damage done by our sin in order to receive God’s forgiveness. God’s forgiveness is based upon what he did in the Garden of Eden setting in motion the principle of a blood sacrifice and where expiation or atonement is made: the act of a substitute dying in your place.

Genesis 3:21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. God himself took the life of an innocent and perfect animal and made clothing to cover their shame. So God, in his love and grace covered their nakedness and covered their sin by the blood shed by an innocent animal.  This is something God alone could do and it wasn’t after Adam and Eve ‘got their act together’ or turned their life around. It was purely an expression of God’s love, grace and compassion.

What kind of animal was sacrificed?  We are not told, but I wonder if it could have been a lamb. It fits perfectly with Jesus being the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world by his crucifixion and resurrection.  From the very beginning God was making a visible trail that would lead sinners to the cross where Jesus took your sins upon himself and paid the price of death.

His sacrifice is the only means of receiving forgiveness and eternal life, any other avenue leads to a dead end. Hebrews 9:22 The law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.  Have you been cleansed from sin by faith in Jesus Christ as your savior?

Pastor Bob

 

 By The Way:

Sunday 2, Morning worship and Holy Communion.

Sept. 9 Sunday school begins and confirmation the 12th