Monday, July 18, 2011

Who Made the Sacrifice?

I have been reading Max Lucado's book A Love Worth Giving: Living in the Overflow of God's Love.  Very good book.  I know I have mentioned this before, but everything I have read of Mr. Lucado's makes me think.  Really think! In chapter 12, A Cloak of Love, Mr. Lucado brings out the point that Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, made themselves coverings of leaves, and hid themselves from God.  When God came looking for them (of COURSE He knew right where they were), He asked why they had hid themselves, and why they were covering themselves.  Genesis 3:21 simply says "The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them."  Mr. Lucado points out that God made the sacrifice of life, God made the clothes, and God dressed them.  He didn't tell Adam and Eve to put on the clothes, God put them on them Himself.  

Here's something that I have been thinking about.  I'll bet Adam and Eve knew the animal(s) that was killed for their sins.  Something else had to pay the price.  Can you imagine how they felt?  Maybe they were thinking "No, God! Please don't sacrifice that one!  Or that, or that one!  They mean so much to us.  Didn't you tell us to take care of them? Didn't you allow us to name them?"  On top of the tremendous guilt of disobeying God and being separated from Him, they were totally responsible for the first loss of life. 

Brings to mind the sacrifice of the Perfect, Sinless Lamb of God for the sins of the whole world. He freely, willingly gave his life for ME!  And YOU!  John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Just some ramblings...


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