Started by Foadle, March 16, 2013, 02:25:23 am
Quote from: Foadle on March 23, 2013, 07:27:04 pmOkay I will try this post again...with a bit more order. Started writing but it was becoming very scattered.I can see where you are coming from in that maybe meat was being eaten at the time of Abel. While that is a possibility I am not sure it is actually what was happening. For me the answer is more likely to be found in Genesis 3. Please bear with me as I go through a little of what I see happening here.We are told at the end of Gen 2 that Adam and Eve were both naked and where not ashamed. I believe that this nakedness is talking on more than one level. While they were physically naked they were also spiritually naked - they were totally exposed before God and didn't have a problem with that. They were in intimate fellowship with Him, and were known in every detail by Him.However in Gen 3 after they have eaten the forbidden fruit in v7 it says that their eyes were opened and they knew that they were naked. Another words before it wasn't even something they thought about but now they did. And in realising that God knew every intimate detail about them brought fear because they had been disobedient. I believe that although Adam tried to hide he knew that God knew.When they first became aware of their nakedness they sewed fig leaves together as a covering. This always brings funny but sad images to my mind. First of all how did they sew them together as needle and thread had not been invented? Just an off the track thought. But the one that really has me thinking is this: While I have had nothing to do with fig trees I have had plenty to do with other plants...and well, I'm yet to find a leaf that would be sturdy enough to last to long. There are the traditional grass skirts and things of the pacific ocean but even some points on them. In a trip to NZ a few years ago I did a Maori experience tour type thing. They also had a tradition of grass skirts used for special festive occasions. The lady doing the tour (who was Maori) explained that not only did these skirts take about a week to make and even they did not last overly long. There skirts were made from reeds which was different from what the Polynesians used.Then after God has confronted them about their sin, He made them clothes of skin (v21) and clothed them. Now I have heard a couple of theories on this and one is that up to the fall we just had exposed muscle and stuff and the other being that God had to take an animal slaughter it and then use the animal hide to make garments. I believe the latter is more likely. In doing this I also believe that God was setting up design for offerings. Up to this point Adam and Eve would not have experienced death in any capacity. Yet to cover their sin and the shame it brought an animal "sacrificed" its life. Every time new garments were required an animal's life was lost. In sacrificing the animal to God I think Abel was recognising that it was God who covers them. Ancient historical records show that early clothes used the sheep skin not just the wool. Over time as a better understanding of fibres developed the wool rather than the hide was used.
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