And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:25)
Before the fall, man had no reason to be ashamed — he was in right standing with the Almighty and did not know, through experience, the shame that is associated with transgressing the will of the Heavenly Father. Obviously, that changed.
When man did fall and tried to cover his nakedness, God took it upon Himself to cover their shame by making them tunics of skin. This may be the very first expression of forgiveness and mercy in the Scripture. Realizing the enormity of his sin, man recognized that he was bare before God and was dreadfully ashamed. Because He is compassionate and merciful, the Creator presumably slaughtered an animal whose skin was then used to cover the shame of the man. This act forever connected the benefit of the mercy shown to mankind with the suffering of one who is blameless.
As followers of the Messiah — the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world — we realize that our shame is covered because He endured the shame and suffering of the cross. Let us recognize the great cost paid that our nakedness might be covered and let us rejoice in the fact that our Heavenly Father doesn’t desire that we live life in shame. The Scripture declares that, “whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
Blessings and Shalom,