6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
8 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
-I find it striking that in both of these instances, when sinners sense the presence of the Lord, their reaction is to seek shelter; it would imply that on some level, humanity instinctively realizes that we cannot abide in the presence of God without some type of covering. This is of course a truth with which the Lord completely agrees, but God knows that such vain coverings as mountains and trees are of no use; for certainly in the presence of God’s judgment, the trees wither (Matthew 21:19) and even the mountains melt (Psalm 97:5). God does however have a covering that is worthy to both purge sins and stand in the presence of God’s judgment and that covering is the blood of Jesus Christ. When God sees the trees He will not stop, when He sees the rocks He will not stop, but as He promised in Exodus 12:13, “when I see the blood, I will pass over you” and “shall not be upon you to destroy you.”