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The Beginning of Grace (9 of 9)
Series: The Beginning
And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them (v. 21).
Genesis 3 ends tragically. Adam and Eve have sinned. Suffering and death have entered the world. And they are being removed from the garden of Eden.
As they made their sad departure out of Eden, they might have asked themselves, ''Is there any hope for us?''
[Read Gen. 3:20-24.]
WE NEED HOPE
Imagine you have been shipwrecked on a deserted island. What's the first thing you would try to do? (Perhaps you've watched Man Vs. Wild with Bear Grylls.) If you're ever in that kind of situation, it would be helpful to know the ''Survival Rule of Threes.'' According to this rule, in extreme survival situations you can't survive more than three minutes without air, three hours without shelter, three days without water, three weeks without food, and three months without hope.
We need hope. Hope is the expectation of something better (e.g., being rescued). Real hope is more than wishful thinking.
We probably won't ever be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but we all face a more troubling situation. Remember what God said would happen to Adam if he ate the forbidden fruit: ''You shall surely die'' (2:17). And the apostle Paul writes, ''Sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men'' (Rom. 5:12). ''Death'' probably means total death (physical and spiritual). We need to escape eternal separation from God (i.e., hell). Is there any hope for us?
Without GOD'S GRACE, there is no hope for us.
Grace is undeserved kindness. In Genesis 3, before there is an act of judgment (God removing Adam and Eve from Eden), there is an act of divine grace. What is this act of grace? It is God's provision of garments of skins for Adam and Eve (3:21). They deserved only judgment, but God showed kindness to them by giving them ...
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