Post by Mike Miller on Feb 17, 2020 10:30:12 GMT -5
I wouldn't say that an animal "had to die in the place of Adam and Eve," as though the animal were an atoning sacrifice. However, in order for God to clothe them, an animal had to die, and this was a big deal. This was the first death. It must have been shocking for Adam and Eve to see this. And though the animal was not a substitute in the way that Jesus is our substitute, the death of the animal demonstrates the high cost of sin. It also shows us the grace of God in covering the shame of Adam and Eve. And this points forward to Jesus as the one who will give His life to cover us.
I hope this makes sense. While it wasn't a case of either the animal or the people, the animal was sacrificed in order to provide the cover for Adam and Eve's shame.