Clothed In Righteousness, Evans Olang

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Genesis 3:21, “The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them”

God in all His wisdom created us beings with free will. He created us beings with the ability to make choices. Adam and Eve had been given that ability in the garden of Eden when God planted it with all trees and had all the fruits they needed. Genesis 2:9, “And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil“. The bible is full of dichotomies, life or death, sheep or goat, right or wrong, true or falls etc. and each of them have explanations as to what happens if you choose any of them. God gave the Israelites two choices and explained the outcome of each choice, Deuteronomy 30:19, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;”. God in His sovereignty has allowed us to choose but not blindly. With this, every choice we make, we make it with understanding.

In the case of Adam and Eve, God explained and left them to make a choice and we know the choice they made. Of all the trees they could eat from, their curiosity could not prevent them from picking from that one tree. We are no different when it comes to sin, the forbidden fruit always looks good, attractive and pleasant. You know it will lead to death but you want to give it a try anyway. You know the consequences yet you are not concerned at that particular time. The problem with the forbidden fruit, it is a trap the enemy uses, it leads to death, it strips you and leaves you naked. That is what happened to Adam and Eve after they ate of the forbidden fruit. And from there on, man has stripped himself from the covering of the Lord, left naked and ashamed. Adam and Eve tried to cover their nakedness, man tries the same even today to cover their nakedness with the leaves of self-righteousness, good works, trying to clean his life but the thing is, the leaves dry up and falls and still leaves man naked. In as much as God had always been there for them, when they fell, they tried to do things their way. There was shifting blames because it is always someone else fault.

But God even in the midst of their failure, offered the first sacrifice by killing an animal so as clothe them. Our Father in heaven saw our nakedness which resulted from the forbidden fruit we eat of sin and He sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross that we may be clothed in righteousness. He was crucified naked, taking all our guilt and shame that we may be clothed in righteousness. Only Christ could cover us from the shame of sin we had brought upon ourselves. In as much as we tried to cover it ourselves, it was and never would it be good enough to have covered us from guilt and shame. He covered us for a life time into eternity. As long as one is naked, he or she is a target to sin and that is why Paul encouraged us in Romans 13:14, “But PUT ON the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” It is a choice one has to make. Genesis 3:21, “The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them”. You can see that it is the Lord God who killed an animal and out of it made the garments for them. And it is the Lord God who has made us garments through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus. I now have this deep rooted joy because my sin (nakedness) is covered, I am clothed in righteousness. What about you? Blessings Ev

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