3. The Blood
At this point God gives them a covering through the shed blood of an innocent animal:
Gen 3:21-24 “Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin and clothed them. Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” therefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man, and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.”
Notice that He clothed them with tunics of “skin” and that the one sacrifice clothed them both. The word clothed speaks of blood atonement. They had never seen anything die yet they saw God the giver of life take a life because when God clothed them He had slaughtered an innocent animal to do it and they knew that at that point they could only approach God on the basis of the blood of a substitute because this substitute was a type of the lamb of God who was to come. From this point on one could only approach God through the blood. This would be the vehicle of redemption. Without the blood, there was no other possible way for a man to be saved. No matter how good he may be:
Lev 17:11 ‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’
Blood (Heb. dam) is life, life is blood. When blood is shed a life is shed. Blood becomes the vehicle of redemption throughout the entire Bible. If you can’t understand the blood, you can’t understand Jesus. Jesus didn’t come to heal the sick, He did it in route. He came and set His face to go to Jerusalem and die. Jesus said, “For this cause, I have come,”
John 10:18 “No one takes My life from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it again.”
Jesus came for one reason, to shed His blood. Remember, Jesus came to restore what Adam and Eve had forfeited.
1 Cor 15:21-22 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
When John the Baptist saw Jesus he said, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Why did John call Jesus the Lamb of God? Because the lamb was the animal whose blood was shed in place of the sinner. Every human being was guilty of sinning and the wages of sin is death, and Gods plan was that the one sacrifice from the innocent and sinless would cover the many guilty sinners.
God is holy. Heaven is holy. Everything that is perfect and right is in God’s presence. Adam and Eve should have been blasted to oblivion by God’s judgement angels, “The Cherubim,” yet their swords stayed because God, in His love, allowed them to see the beautiful blood.
Picture the sword of judgement coming down upon Adam and Eve and at the last moment in one instant God in His foreknowledge prepared a substitute so that the sword would switch off course and fall upon it. That substitute bears every drop of justice completely and Adam and Eve could go free. Think of it as a debt and it was time for the debt to be paid and at the last minute, someone pays it in full.
But there is more that God wants a man to know about the blood.