A Garment of Innocence
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Lesson 3 for April 9-15
This quarter’s discussions focus on biblical symbolism of a certain kind: clothing imagery. We will consider the garments that people in the Bible wore and what that clothing really meant, what truths it symbolized, what great realities it pointed to, and what lessons we can learn from it. From the fanciful adornment of Lucifer in heaven to the filthy rags of our own righteousness, from the coats of animal skins for Adam and Eve in Eden to the “garments of splendor” mentioned in Isaiah, the Bible uses clothing and clothing imagery to portray truths about sin, pride, righteousness, salvation, justification, resurrection, and eternal life in Christ.
The word “Innocence” is not a very positive word these days. Sometimes it is used to imply that someone is naive and unaware, someone who doesn’t seem to know how to get along in the rough and tumble real world. But innocence is a powerfully positive word. It affirms the qualities of purity and integrity in a world full of corruption. Have human beings always been bent towards the negative, inclined towards the painful, attracted to the destructive. Or has there been – and can there be again – a time of innocence.
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Department of Religion & Biblical Languages
Berrien Springs, Michigan
Religion and Biblical Languages
Russell, Glenn and van Bemmelen, Peter, "A Garment of Innocence" (2011). Scriptural Pursuit. 2.