The story of Adam and Eve is probably one of the most well known in the Bible, but there is always something new to be learned from it, When Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil their eyes were opened, not just to their unclothed state, but to the enormity of what they had done, and the possible consequences. So they sewed fig leaves together and made aprons to cover themselves, but it could never cover up the fact that they had disobeyed God and it could not make them right. However, further on we read that before banishing Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, God in His mercy and grace made them coats of animal skin.
No matter how hard we try, how many good deeds we do, how good a lie we live, how many of the commandments we obey, we cannot make ourselves right, clothe ourselves and cover up all that is wrong in our lives.
The Bible tells us that all our righteous acts are as filthy rags, but it also tells us that God has clothed us with garments of salvation and a robe or righteousness so that we don’t have to try and make ourselves right because Jesus came to do that. God in His mercy and grace didn’t make us coats of animal skin but sent His son to be the saviour of the world that we might be clothed in His righteousness and the salvation that He offers. The Bible also tells us that God has given us another garment – the garment of praise and that He gives it in exchange for a spirit of despair. When we realise, like Adam and Eve, what a sorry state we are in, but how gracious and merciful God is towards us, how can we help but praise Him for His goodness.