Jesus Our Great High Priest; Lovingly & Tenderly Drawing Man to Confess Their Sin

Faithful to Forgive and Cleanse Us of Our Sins, and the Sacrificial Lamb of the Father

Genesis 3:8-14

Our Great High Priest is first seen in Genesis 3:8-14:

And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked[1]; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked[2]? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life[3].

The First Glimpse of Jesus as Our Great High Priest Covering and Forgiving Sin

Jesus Great High Priest

This passage is our first glimpse of Jesus as our Great High Priest. When man sinned Jesus didn’t wait until He came in the flesh (John 1:14) to start dealing with it. He dealt with it immediately! The Beloved John wrote; “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

The first thing we see when they sinned was our Great High Priest tenderly loving and drawing them and asking, “Where are you”. When Adam answered and said he was afraid He then asked, “Have you eaten the tree which I told you not to eat of”.

Adam basically said yes (“she gave me of the tree, and I did eat”). By doing this he confessed his sins. Our Great High Priest then confronted the women and she also said yes (“The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat”). Also confessing her sins.

But notice, He does not ask the serpent any questions. By doing this the animal kingdom never confessed their sin; thereby, leaving them in it. He did this so man would then have a substitute; thereby, covering their sin and escaping judgment[A][B].

Our Great High Priest didn’t stop there. Verse 21 reads:

“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them”[C][D].

When man sinned, not only did our Great High Priest get us to confess our sins, but He covered their nakedness[E].

Apply

The Word is clear, “For all have sinned[F], and come short of the glory of God…”” That means all of us needs a Savior. As our Great High Priest, He does not desire to condemn any of us for our sins (John 3:17), but to simply forgive and cleanse us, “because love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8, NASB). 

Prayer

Lord, we come to you now confessing our sins. We ask that you both forgive and cleanse. We ask You for mercy, and thank You Sir for sending Your Son in our place, in Jesus’ name. 


[1]Naked here is not referring to just being naked. This is the Hebrew word `eyrom, which is always in association with deep and utter poverty. ‘Eyrom comes from the Hebrew word `aram which means crafty counsel. When Adam and Eve listened to the serpent their eyes were opened, and they did not see abundance of all things, but rather want of all things (Gen 3:1-7). This is similar to you and I today. Instead of having our eyes upon the Lord and His supply, a lot of times we see lack.

[2]Interesting, when they ate of the tree they immediately became self-conscious.

[3]Many people wonder what would have happened if Adam did not eat of the tree. Would sin still be in the earth? Would Jesus still have to come? I believe if Adam would not have ate then he would have covered Eve’s sin, taking the responsibility on her life, and sin would have not entered the world; for the Word says, “as by one man sin entered into the world” (Rom 5:12). 

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