The Bible is like music sheets: the notes remain the same, but each musician plays it differently.
Funny how you sit in church and think, ‘Ah, this verse, this title, I think I know where he’s going,’ and then he goes somewhere else instead.
Text: Genesis 3: 6–10, 21
7 — Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
The fact remains that you are not enough. What you do is not enough. It can never be enough. The original covering, the Glory of God, has been stripped away; you can hide from other people, but you cannot hide from God.
21 — And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.
But He is enough. And what God gives you will always be enough.
Blood: The Power of Oblivion
Here is the witness of death to seal the covenant. This covering of skin is the first shedding of blood; it precedes the blood sacrifices. Yet in the ultimate endgame, Jesus poured out His blood to seal the covenant forever, the testimony to the forgiveness of sin.
Body: The Power to Contain
The body holds the past, but it invests in the future. No body is perfect; there are the ugly, hidden bits, the malfunctioning bits, but there are the beautiful bits, the ones shown to the world. This Church is its own covering; without the communion of the ‘saints’, you cannot truly experience the Presence of God, or understand the acceptance of God. The Body of Christ is meant to be a place of growth and communion, the testimony to imperfection being made perfect.
Blindness: The Power of Separation
The veil has been torn; the covering of skin changed to one of light. And this curtain of light is one that pierces the darkness, blinding you to what you need not see [the past, the brokenness, the wrong] and focusing your eyes instead on what is right and good and perfect. The old has gone and the new has come; the testimony to the God who forgets our wrongs.