Our Great High Priest is first seen in Genesis 3:8-14:
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:
When man sinned, not only did our Great High Priest get us
to confess our sins, but He covered their nakedness[E].
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).
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.
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.
Interesting, when they ate of the tree they immediately became self-conscious.
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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Encounter with the One, True God
Unwavering, Steadfast, and Unyielding
A Lifestyle of Holiness & Dedication
Jesus Came to Restore what the First Adam Neglected
Tenderly Loving & Drawing
Who is Jesus
His Anointing, Calling, & Judgement