And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
The whole mystery of justification is wrapped up in the details of this story.
I. We have the fact as in a parable that MAN IS UTTERLY IMPOTENT TO BRING TO PASS ANY SATISFYING RIGHTEOUSNESS OF HIS OWN. He can see his shame, but he cannot effectually cover or conceal it. The garments of our own righteousness are fig leaves all, and we shall prove them such. Let God once call to us, and we shall find how little all these devices of our own can do for us. We shall stand shivering, naked and ashamed, before Him.
II. While we thus learn that man cannot clothe himself, we learn also that GOD UNDERTAKES TO CLOTHE HIM. As elsewhere He has said in word, "I am the Lord that healeth thee," so here He says in act, "I am the Lord that clotheth thee." He can yet devise a way by which His banished shall return to Him.
III. We note in this Scripture that the clothing which God found for Adam could only have been obtained AT THE COST OF A LIFE, and that the life of one unguilty, of one who had no share or part in the sin which made the providing of it needful. We have here the first institution of sacrifice; God Himself is the Institutor. It is a type and shadow, a prelude and prophecy of the crowning sacrifice on Calvary.
IV. Are not the LESSONS which we may draw from all this plain and palpable enough?
1. There is no robe of our own righteousness which can cover us and conceal our shame.
2. That righteousness which we have not in ourselves we must be content and thankful to receive at the hands of God.
3. Not Christ by His life, but by His life and death, and mainly by His death, supplies these garments for our spirit's need.
Parallel VersesKJV: And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.