It’s funny – we have to spend twenty or more years bringing up and educating kids, teaching them how to do things right. They don’t need any lessons at all in how to do wrong – but they manage it so well!
The man and the woman had messed up. (Genesis 3 v 11 and on) You can tell they weren’t very experienced in getting it wrong, because they didn’t try to cover up, but they did try to pass the buck. Adam even tried to blame God – “The woman you put here with me…” So then Adam blames the woman, and she blames the serpent.
It’s interesting to notice that God does not even address the serpent to ask what he’s done and why. He knows that this creature is at the heart of the problem. There are no excuses. Nothing to discuss. To engage with him would give him a dignity he does not deserve. So God simply decrees his punishment. He is cursed. The other thing which is cursed, is the ground. I am so glad to say that the man and the woman are not cursed. They are punished, yes, but God loves them too much to curse them.
They did have to bear the responsibility of their wrongdoing. They did have to suffer the consequences of their actions, but God makes it abundantly clear that they do not go away without his profound love, caring for them, providing for them, protecting them.
So the very first blood sacrifice takes place – as God takes one of his precious creatures and slaughters it to use its skin for clothing. Knowing that some time later, it was going to be an even more precious sacrifice that would provide a covering for your sin and mine.