2021 Summer Series: Re-Cover
by Williamsburg Community Chapel on May 27, 2021
In 2020 the world contended with a crisis. In 2021 everyone is talking about a recovery. The dynamics of crisis and recovery are present early on in the Biblical story. In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve’s rebellion plunge the world into a cosmic crisis of sin, selfishness, and separation from God. They desperately try to deal with the new reality of shame at the sight of their own nakedness by covering themselves with fig leaves. They quickly become aware that the consequences of sin are not dealt with so easily. The Apostle Paul sums up the depth of the crisis, “As in Adam all die” (1 Cor. 15:22a)... This crisis casts a long shadow. All human misery stems from our attempts to fashion God into our image and likeness rather than live as His image bearers and be conformed to His likeness.
How did God respond? He re-covers Adam and Eve. “And the LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and He clothed them” (Genesis 3:21).
In the summer of 2021, we will trace the theme of recovery across the entire arc of the biblical narrative. We will see its presence in every section of the Old Testament (Torah, History, Wisdom/Poetry, the Major and Minor Prophets). We will end our series in the New Testament with God’s plan to recover us from a particularly harmful spirit of this age, division.
Throughout our study, we will ask and answer questions like: Where is God in the midst of crisis? How does God use crisis to develop our faith? What do we do if we just can’t bear it any longer? Are there attitudes or practices that aid God’s people in crisis? Are there patterns that God’s people fall into that only make matters worse? Ultimately, how does God recover His people, and how can we receive God’s recovery in our lives?
As we move from contending with a crisis to receiving God’s recovery, may we see that Jesus is God’s ultimate covering. Adam and Eve attempted to cover themselves, and God re-covered them with the skin of an animal. This was an early sign that their covering would require a sacrifice. Matthew 27:45-46 reads, “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus was covered in darkness that we might be covered in God’s eternal light. Jesus was covered with the weight of sin that we might be covered with the freedom of grace. Adam and Eve were covered with the skin of an animal to point forward to the truth that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are covered by the blood of the Lamb.
We have all been contending with a crisis. As we move through the summer of 2021, let us receive God’s recovery, “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor. 15:22).
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