Genesis 3:20-21

Genesis 3:20-21

By G. E. Watkins3/29/2017

At this time the woman was simply “ishah” (woman), but now she is given a name by her husband. We should consider that she was not given a name with which to remember her folly in the Garden, or a name to remind her of the sentence she was under (the pain in childbearing and the subjection to her husband), rather she was given a name corresponding to her honorable position as mother of all living. It seems to me to be a queenly name. From the beginning a man’s wife was to be cherished and not demeaned or bought and sold like cattle as was done in the ancient world and is so often done to this very day.

We turn our attention to verse 21. Notice the care given by God here and bring to mind other possible responses He might have made. Instead of abandoning them, or torturing them the God who had been insulted by disobedience was actually caring for them in their sin. He covers their shame. To do this he sheds blood. This is required to provide animal skins. Under the New Covenant when we sin God clothes us with Christ (Gal. 3:27). Christ had to die for this to be so (Romans 5:8).

Let’s also notice something on the subject of modesty. When God clothed our parents how did he do so? God made them coats or tunics. This word signifies a garment designed to cover them to below the knee. In their shame God considered this to be modest.