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Teaching - Garments

Garments represent works

From the time that God gave Adam and Eve garments made from the skins [1] of sheep [2], garments have represented works.

The hand is also a symbol of works. Fingertips pas פס represent the distinct works. Joseph 'colourful coat' was a tunic of pasim, or 'distinguishing' works. [3] [4] Elijah and Elisha shared the mantle as a symbol of sharing the same work. [5]

The garments Adam made from leaves did not cover his sin, but the garment of skin owr עור that God gave him was a garment representing the works of Christ. Jesus was the Light of the world. [6] The word 'light' owr אור is the same sound as 'skin'. God gave Adam a garment representing the works and Light of Christ.

  1. Ge 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
  2. How do we know it was sheep?
  3. Ge 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he [was] the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of [many] colours.
  4. Joh 19:23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also [his] coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.
  5. 2Ki 2:13 ¶ He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;
  6. Joh 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

Garment of leaves

Adam and Eve's works, in making garments of leaves was insufficient to cover their nakedness (representing sin) before God. They made their aprons from fig leaves. Fig also means lying; their garments teased of a covering, but it was a lie.

Leaves is the word allah עלה, that may sound familiar. It means ascend, burnt offering, and halocaust. They had made a lying allah in the flesh [1]. They were attempting to do works to cover their sin.

This insufficiency is made clear again in how much of their nakedness was covered. They made aprons [2] or loin clothes. God made tunics [3] for them from skins. We can try to cover our sin by making amends, but the offense is still a stain. We require the tunics of God.

  1. Whenever you see the ayin ע in a word, that word is related tot he flesh.
  2. apron חגור - places of concealment חגו revealed ר.
  3. tunic כתנת - like כ the Son of man נ from his beginning purpose to his end ת()ת
Garments of deceit

There are several words used for generic 'garments'. One is used for the clothing of the priests called beged בגד or garments of deceit. They were costumes to show that they were playing a role as a type of Christ. Beged means 'revelation to man ב that God pursued them ג with the commandment ד'. The drama performed by the priests taught them about God through his law.

The sacrifices did not give grace; [1] but a promise of grace through the cross. [2]

The sacrifices were a promise of grace, which could not be given until after the instrument of grace was in effect. Only a provisional grace could be given until Christ rose from the dead. Sacrifices never gave grace in the past, and no future sacrifices can be made. Jesus finished the work. [3]

  1. Heb 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, [and] not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
  2. Heb 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
  3. Joh 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Adam not cursed

Theologians tell us that Adam was cursed by God as he was thrown out of the garden. He wasn't. The ground was cursed. [1] There was no reason for Adam to be cursed. The tree was a symbol of God's holiness.

God is separated from man by ignorance; Elohim. His 'marriage' to man concerns teaching about God, who cannot be seen nor heard. The tree was set apart as 'dinner theater' so that Adam could learn that God is Holy or separated. Adam didn't learn from lesson one, so he was further separated from God as he was put out of the garden. [2]

God is not angry at men, but at his sin. [3] He does not wish to destroy any. [4]

  1. Ge 3:17 ¶ And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed [is] the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat [of] it all the days of thy life;
  2. Ge 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
  3. Ro 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
  4. 2Pe 3:9 ¶ The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Eve was deceived

Eve's transgression was that she was deceived to think that we are like animals; she thought that anything we do must be good because God made us that way. [1]

The woman, representing mankind as the bride of Christ, chosen to learn from him, was deceived by the flesh. The instinct of man is an enemy of God; [2] making choices putting the 'self' in the position of God. It makes choices of 'good and bad' and usurps God's position as the one who declares 'good and evil'.

The garments were a perpetual reminder that we are more than animals. The naked body is not sinful. But when one chooses nakedness over clothing, it is a declaration that one is like an animal and can declare good and evil for himself. Pain in childbirth was also not a curse, but a vivid reminder that she was not an animal. [3] How so? Pain is generally not associated with bearing young by animals.

  1. Ge 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
  2. Ro 8:7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
  3. Ge 3:16 ¶ Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire [shall be] to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.