The first promise of a Savior was tucked away in the pronouncement of judgement for mankind’s original sin. I can’t imagine that Adam and Eve would have had a clue as to what God meant when He declared that the serpent would bruise the Seed on the heel but the Seed would crush the head of the serpent. What in the world! Serpents, Seeds, a Savior, crushing heads and bruised heels…who could have known that it was a foretelling, a picture, of Jesus’ crucifixion and Satan’s final destiny?
In the grace that typifies our God, He gave them a two-fold picture. He also clothed Adam and Eve with the skin of animals. A death had preserved life for the first time. Their glory had been lost due to sin but God Himself covered them … temporarily …. until the One who would spread His righteous robe over them would come as a baby in a manger and die on a cross, be buried in a borrowed tomb and be raised from the dead on the third day, having done everything necessary to permanently and eternally cover their sin. Jesus’ death would preserve life forever!
The author of Hebrews explains that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin. Our sin is a big deal to God. Those things that we believe, say or do that are in opposition to who He is and what He commands are the barrier between God and us. There is only one who can break down the barrier of that dividing wall. Jesus is the only one.