“But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags. We all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away”
What a beautiful, wonderful life Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden. But when they disobeyed the Lord, immediately they were stricken with guilt. They hid themselves from His presence when God came walking through the Garden. They tried to cover their guilt by making clothes of fig leaves. But what looked good to them as a suitable covering could not stand under the gaze of a holy God. He knew they required something else, so He shed innocent blood to make them coats of skin (Genesis 3:7-8), and for the first time in His perfect Creation, innocent blood was shed. Their covering is a picture of the covering of righteousness we receive in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for us.
So many of us have tried to dress ourselves in the rags of our own self-righteousness. We are helpless to cover our sin. We need the blood of Jesus.
Examine your heart. What fruitless efforts are you making to sew a fig leaf covering for yourself? What is the only thing that will wash away sin and bring you purity, cleansing and righteousness? Apply that to your heart today. Ask Jesus to cleanse you.