God’s Changing Room
I. The Problem
A. Their Disobedience – vs. 6
B. Their Discovery – vs. 7
They were naked in 2:25
- Genesis 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
But once they sinned, their nakedness became clear to them.
- Nakedness is a picture of neglect, poverty, rejection – Ezekiel 16
- Nakedness is a picture of shame – Jesus on the cross
- Nakedness is a picture of destitution and need – The church of Laodociea
- Nakedness is a picture of vulnerability – Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
C. Their Dilemma – they had do something
Isn’t it something?
They didn’t expect this kind of a situation.
They expected to die.
But they didn’t die right then.
They just realized that they were naked.
They were faced with a problem for which they had no solution.
II. The Plan – was to cover it up
A. It was a Foolish Plan
This was a really bad plan.
Man’s desperation always produces foolishness.
In their desperation, they made some really foolish decisions.
B. It was Frustrating Plan
- Proverbs 13:15 …the way of transgressors is hard.
The difficulty of making the aprons.
The discomfort of the aprons.
The dissatisfaction in the aprons.
I can hear Eve now (since she didn’t have a mirror) Adam, does this apron make me look fat?
C. It was Futile Plan
- Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
Those fig leaves began to wither.
They began to dry up and curl up.
What started out as a great idea finally manifested itself as a colossal mistake.
Their mistake was thinking their problem was an outward problem.
You can’t fix a sinful heart with outward coverings.
Man’s ignorance in dealing with his sin is incredible.
I can hear Adam and Eve talking now.
When their eyes were opened, “I didn’t know this was going to happen.”
I didn’t know we were going to look like this.
I didn’t know we were going to feel like this.
I didn’t know I could feel so vulnerable.
I didn’t know when I ate that fruit that it would leave such a bitter taste in my mouth.
I didn’t know it would turn out like this.
I don’t know how to make an apron.
I don’t know how to sew.
I don’t know how to do this!
I didn’t know they would dry up and curl up
…and on and on…
Man’s ignorance in dealing with his problem only emphasizes his desperate need for a God that can!
III. The Provision – vs. 21
A. It was a Personal Provision – Unto Adam also, and to his wife…
B. It was a Providential Provision – did the Lord God make coats of skin
C. It was a Proper Provision – and clothed them.
When God does something, He does it right!
- Hebrews 9:22 …and without shedding of blood is no remission.
God started looking for them.
What a loving and merciful God.
They had disobeyed Him.
They had rebelled against Him.
They had listened to the lies of the serpent and believed him over their Maker.
Yet God came looking for them.
God saw them in their embarrassing state.
God confronted them for their foolish, frustrating and futile efforts to hide their sin.
God didn’t kill them.
God didn’t destroy them.
God didn’t erase them and start over.
He did something about it.
He led Adam and Eve over to a corner of the Garden
Adam said, “Lord, where are we going?”
God said “This is my changing room.”
Adam said, “Lord, what is this for?”
God said, “I want you to go in there and take that off. Here. Try this on.”
- Once I was clothed in the rags of my sin, Wretched and poor, lost and lonely within.
But with wondrous compassion, the King of all kings, In pity and love, took me under His wings.
- Now I’m a child with a Heavenly home, My Holy Father has made me His own.
And I’m cleansed by His blood, and I’m clothed in His love, And some day I’ll sing with the angels above.
Oh, yes, oh yes, I’m a child of the King, His royal blood now flows in my veins.
And I who was wretched and poor now can sing, Praise God, praise God, I’m a child of the King.
Conclusion: Why don’t you step into God’s Changing Room and trade that old withered, ugly, uncomfortable, fig leaf apron in for a coat that will clothe you?