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Emanna for 12/15/2018

Fig Leaves versus Coats of Skins (1)

Bible Verses

Gen. 3:7 And the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. (21) And Jehovah God made for Adam and for his wife coats of skins and clothed them.

Words of Ministry

(Part 1 of 2) After Adam sinned, he immediately employed a way and a method to save himself: He used fig leaves to sew himself an apron. The fig leaves were grown from the ground, and they were the result of Adam and Eve's dressing and keeping of the garden of Eden. In other words, they tried to use what they produced themselves to cover their shame. Man realized before God that he had fallen and sinned, so he quickly devised ways to remedy the situation. The first act of man after his fall was to improve his behavior. When we first believed in the Lord, we did not realize the depth and extent of man's works. We thought they just stemmed from man's wish to do good to save himself. Actually, man's work implies that, after his fall, he wanted to satisfy God with the best that he could produce with his own effort. He realized that he was naked, that he was shameful, and that he was not acceptable before God. Hence, he devised a way to cover himself. He wanted to do good to satisfy God's heart. While man was struggling with his own ways, God gave him a revelation by making coats of skin to clothe them. This signified that not only did the redemption of man require blood and the death of another but also that man's own works could not cover his shame before God or satisfy God's heart. Since man has sinned, there is only one way of obtaining salvation, and that is through the cross and through death. (Continued tomorrow)

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, General Messages, Vol. 37, in The Collected Works of Watchman Nee, pp. 45-46. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.