Yesterday morning the topic of the message was that God covered us when he could have killed us. The evangelist started in Genesis, when God covered Adam and Eve in animal skins after their sin to cover their nakedness.
He didn’t point out that this was the first animal sacrifice made for the covering of sins. Instead, he went the direction that God had told Adam that they day he ate of the fruit of the tree, he would surely die. Instead of God killing Adam that day, he covered him. The evangelist plainly made it clear that he thought God reneged on his word. He made it sound like God changed his mind and decided to cover them instead of killing them. This doesn’t sit well with me.
If God says it is going to happen, then it is going to happen. He doesn’t make idle threats and he doesn’t break promises. There have been times he has supposedly changed his mind due to people’s prayers (see Miriam’s leprosy, or the threatened destruction of the Israelites in the wilderness and offer to start over with Moses, or prophecy of Hezekiah’s death), but I believe that was his plan to begin with. Maybe he just didn’t mention it so he could see how people would choose to react on their own.
I’m disappointed with the insinuation made by the evangelist. I believe his message; I just think he should have started someplace better. How about starting with the wages of sin are death? He did bring up that verse, but later in his message. Then, after showing that we deserve death, he could have talked about the blood of Jesus covering us.
Yes, God covered Adam and Eve before evicting them, but I do believe they died that day. Call it a spiritual death, or call it the first day of their lives that their bodies started aging and breaking down. I don’t know. I don’t need to know. I just believe God’s word.