Musings on…….Genesis 3:21



Genesis 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God u make coats of skins, and clothed them.

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Geneva Study Bible

(u) Or, gave them knowledge to make themselves coats.

John Gill Exposition

did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them;
not that before this they were only bone and flesh, and now God brought a skin over them, and covered them with it, or ordered a beast, which was very like a man, to have its skin stripped off, and put on him, as some in Aben Ezra foolishly imagined; but these were made of the skins of beasts, not of the skin of the serpent, as the Targum of Jonathan; but of creatures slain, not merely for this purpose, nor for food, but for sacrifice, as a type of the woman’s seed,
whose heel was to be bruised, or who was to suffer death for the sins of men; and therefore to keep up and direct the faith of our first parents to the slain Lamb of God from the foundation of the world, and of all believers in all ages, until the Messiah should come and die, and become a sacrifice for sin, the sacrifices of slain beasts were appointed: and of the skins of these the Lord God, either by his almighty power, made coats for the man and his wife, or by the ministry of angels; or he instructed and directed them to make them, which was an instance of goodness to them; not only to provide food for them as before, but also raiment; and which though not rich, fine, and soft, yet was substantial, and sufficient to protect them from all inclemencies of the weather; and they might serve as to put them in mind of their fall, so of their mortality by it, and of the condition sin had brought them into; being in themselves, and according to their deserts, like the beasts that perish: as also they were emblems of the robe of Christ’s righteousness, and the garments of his salvation, to be wrought out by his obedience, sufferings, and death; with which being arrayed, they should not be found naked, nor be condemned, but be secured from wrath to come.

 Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible

21. God made coats of skins–taught them to make these for themselves. This implies the institution of animal sacrifice, which was undoubtedly of divine appointment, and instruction in the only acceptable mode of worship for sinful creatures, through faith in a Redeemer (Hebrews 9:22).

Matthew Henry Concise

Verses 20-21 God named the man, and called him Adam, which signifies red earth; Adam named the woman, and called her Eve, that is, life. Adam bears the name of the dying body, Eve of the living soul. Adam probably had regard to the blessing of a Redeemer, the promised Seed, in calling his wife Eve, or life; for He should be the life of all believers, and in Him all the families of the earth should be blessed. See also God’s care for our first parents, notwithstanding their sin. Clothes came in with sin. Little reason have we to be proud of our clothes, which are but the badges of our shame. When God made clothes for our first parents, he made them warm and strong, but coarse and very plain; not robes of scarlet, but coats of skin. Let those that are meanly clad, learn from hence not to complain. Having food and a covering, let them be content; they are as well off as Adam and Eve. And let those that are finely clad, learn not to make the putting on of apparel their adorning. The beasts, from whose skins they were clothed, it is supposed were slain, not for man’s food, but for sacrifice, to typify Christ, the great Sacrifice. Adam and Eve made for themselves aprons of fig-leaves, a covering too narrow for them to wrap themselves in, ( Isaiah 28:20 ) . Such are all the rags of our own righteousness. But God made them coats of skin, large, strong, durable, and fit for them: such is the righteousness of Christ; therefore put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ.


3:21  Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

coats of skins

Coats of skins: Type of “Christ, made unto us righteousness”– a divinely provided garment that the first sinners might be made fit for God’s presence. See Righteousness, garment Genesis 3:21; Revelation 19:8.

John Wesley Explanatory Notes

Verse 21
These coats of skin had a significancy. The beasts whose skins they were, must be slain; slain before their eyes to shew them what death is. And probably ’tis supposed they were slain for sacrifice, to typify the great sacrifice which in the latter end of the world should be offered once for all. Thus the first thing that died was a sacrifice, or Christ in a figure.

I was typing this up  in the heat of the moment after watching the earthlings video.

My point was that, nowhere does it say, animals were slain to make the coverings for Adam and Eve.

(if I’m wrong, please point me to it)

So if I wanted to be ‘literal’ to the word, then I could argue, but why argue with tons of men and women much smarter than me about what the word implies. eh?

So, anyways, I’m not as crazy about this as I was, but still good reference material.

I’m still stuffy and dizzy. Yeh, and sick also. heh.

Have a good Wednesay~


Look at this picture how they portrayed the snake?

Love it or hate it?

6 responses »

  1. Are you healthy yet?

    Most literalists teach there was no death before the fall. The only way for Adam to get animal skins would be to kill them.

    Specifically after Noah meat was specifically noted as part of the diet God gave to man (Gen 9:3)

    The Jews were commanded in the law to practice animal sacrifice–and not just for a few things. Many types of animals were sacrificed and were then either completely given to God or were given as food for the Levites.

    I am not trying to say you need to eat meat, I am simply making the point that animal death in order to feed and clothe humans is certainly pictured as appropriate in the Bible.
    ~~~You are right, I was just musing about that certain verse. I know, don’t take it out of context. 🙂
    They were clothed after the fall, ‘member? And did God kill the animals or did Adam?
    Nope, not healthy yet.

  2. The picture? Stinkin’ creepy girl! Is the snake man and woman? Hard to tell. I see a nightmare in my future!

    Get better girl!

    ~~yeah, not quite sure what to make of that pic, but what if the ‘devil’ looked like that before the curse?

  3. If that’s what the devil looked BEFORE the curse then i’d hate to see what it looks like now…eeewww!

    Hey, and thanks for your uplifting words at my place today. I’m glad that you expanded on the benefit of calling on God and seeking His wisdom in our lives. Thanks…

    Merry Christmas!

    Love – Tam

  4. I found your musing interesting but I do have some difficulty accepting ths point of view. Nowhere does it say that there was no death before the fall and in fact death must have been present for fruit to ripen. – the fruit that was good to eat and pleasant to the eyes. Are we to say that only the vegetation died? But the vegetation also relies on the nutients from decaying animal matter and in some cases carniverous plants will feed almost exclusively on insects and small creatures. Such conjecture about a deathless creation is a red herring that just gets inthe way of understanding this passage. The skin provided by God is the same as the skin that Job claimed that he was clothed in by God.

    Job 10:8 Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.
    Job 10:9 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?
    Job 10:10 Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?
    Job 10:11 Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.
    Job 10:12 Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.
    Job 10:13 And these things hast thou hid in thine heart: I know that this is with thee.

    It is the same skin that is flayed from the backs of God’s people

    Mic 3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?
    Mic 3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;
    Mic 3:3 Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.
    Mic 3:4 Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

    and the covering is the same as that which clothed the resurrected bones inthe valley of dry bones

    Eze 37:5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
    Eze 37:6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
    Eze 37:7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.
    Eze 37:8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.

    It seems unlikely to me that God would sacrifice an animal to appease himself and to make a temporary covering for Adam & Eve (and not make one for every one of their children from that day on). There is no requirement anywhere in scripture for a person to wear skin garments – and very few do. I think that it is more likely that the skin covering referred to is a referrance to the change in skin texture that occurrs as we each pass through puberty to maturity. It is a mark of the development of conscience that occurrs in adults. see Deut 1:39, Heb 5.

    I know this flys in the face of conventional theology – but may be worth thinking about.
    God bless
    John Davy

  5. Your musings are reasonable (logikos thinking), and more accurate to the natural reading of the Hebrew text in Genesis 3:21. The passage does not say that God killed an animal to clothe Adam and Eve. When Adam rejected God’s protective lordship by eating the forbidden fruit and seeking independent choice of right and wrong, God’s consequence was a partial separation from His Hand of protection. Disorder (escalating entropy) and death of nephesh creatures began for the first time. Just as sinful fallen men (creatures) killed THE Lamb of God, Jesus, it was more likely fallen creatures (lion or wolf) that killed the animal whose skin provided this covering. It is just as logical to interpret this passage literally as God showing them an animal who was killed by another animal as a result of their sin and separation, and then God used that skin to provide coats of merciful protection in light of the “wild-erness” they now would have to endure (thorns, thistles, etc).

    It is also logically and literally able to be interpreted that God merely thickened the skin of Adam and Eve, since the use of the Hebrew term here for skin whenever used for an animal skin virtually always has the type of animal mentioned along with it (ram’s skin, bullock’s skin, etc).
    Sid Galloway soulcare dot org
    ~~thank you for the comment Sid, I love your site, looks like we are made from the same fold, brother. Blessings on your minisrty

  6. Shouldn’t that particular snake be taken as a Lilith reference?

    ~~ Since Im referencing the bible here and not mythology, i dont think so. but i saw this:
    Lilith appears as a night demon in Jewish lore and as a screech owl in the King James version of the Bible.
    The Book of Isaiah 34:14, describing the desolation of Edom, is the only occurrence of Lilith in the Hebrew Bible.

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