Forgiveness

Forgiveness.  This is an endearing word when you are on the receiving end of forgiveness.  When you have committed an offense and there is a break in your relationship with someone, there is nothing sweeter than the forgiveness of a friend/relative and a restored relationship.

Forgiveness.  Genesis 3:21 “And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.”  This verse is a foreshadowing of what is to come and it is the beginning of the price that must be paid to atone for the sins of man.  Up until this time the world was perfect.  There was no death and no destruction.  Remembering back to Genesis 1:29 “And God said, “‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.  And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.’”  God gave to man and animals green plants to eat according to this verse which were the original directions from God for sustenance.  No animals were slaughtered, so man and animals ate green plants. Until this point according to the Bible, there was no death because there was no sin.  Now with sin in the world, death entered the world.  Until this point, man and animals ate only green plants so there was no death related animals being slaughtered for food.  Neither were animals killed for the sport of it.  There was no death.

Forgiveness.  With the entrance of sin into the world, there was the entrance of death and the first executioner was God Himself.  According to Genesis 3:21, the Creator of the Universe took one or two animals and used their skins to make clothes for the man and the woman.  God loved these people so much He was willing to sacrifice something that He had created (animals) to cover the nakedness of the man and the woman.   With this sacrifice also came the first covering or atonement for sin.  Atonement happens through the payment for sin via the sacrifice and shedding of blood to cover our sins and provide reconciliation between God and man/woman.  In essence, when God sacrificed these animals and provided “garments of skins” for the man and woman, the death of the animals was the initial payment for their sin.  The final payment would not take place until the death of Jesus on the cross. (John 3:16, Romans 5:8).  God willingly sacrificed his creation (the animals) and eventually His Son to pay the penalty for sin so atonement and reconciliation could take place.  God did not seek to just forgive their sin, but rather He wanted to go further than this and reconcile the relationship.

Forgiveness.  The sacrifice of the animals was a visual demonstration to the man and the woman from God that though they had sinned and made a barrier between them, God willingly broke the barrier in order to forgive their sins and reconcile their relationship.  God did not wash His hands and say, “I am done with this mess that is taking place with My creation, they will have to figure this out for themselves.”  Rather God continued to intervene and desire to be involved in the lives of the human beings He created.  As we read through the Bible, we can see this repeatedly along with repeated rejection of God by the human race.

Forgiveness.  Is there someone that you need to forgive or someone that has wronged you?  If so do not waste any more time.  Forgive and repair the relationship.  As demonstrated in Genesis 3:21 God wants restored and reconciled relationships, not broken ones.

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