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Who Invented Fur Coats?

Primitive humans are often portrayed as wearing fur clothing - a Biblically correct supposition. But the first humans did not invent fur clothing. The first clothing produced by humans was made from flimsy leaves (i.e. "they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons" Genesis 3:7 KJV) at the time of "the fall of man." Why? Because they became ashamed of themselves. They went from the innocence of "2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed" (Genesis 2:25 KJV) to "3:10 ... I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself" (Genesis 3:10 KJV). It was the LORD who thereafter made clothing of fur for them.

"Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them"

The wearing of fur is a testimony to the fall of man, whereby they not only thereafter required clothing for the sense of shame that they made for themselves, but with their being put out of the warm paradise of Eden required that they have more warm and durable clothing than just fig leaves. Out in the "cold, cruel world" on their own, they could much more easily and quickly make clothing of fur for themselves than produce and weave cloth. The LORD showed them how.

The "fall" of man and the first clothing, of leaves, that they made for themselves:

Garments of Skins

"3:1 Now the serpent [see also Dragons] was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die [see What Happens When You Die?].

3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman [see Why Eve?], Ye shall not surely die: 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

3:6 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. 3:7 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." (Genesis 3:1-7 KJV)

The need for clothing was not at first just to keep warm. Clothing was invented to cover shame that did not exist before.

"3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden [see Christ The Creator] 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. 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done?

And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken [see Creation: The Matter Of Energy]: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

3:20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living." (Genesis 3:8-20 KJV)

And so the LORD was the first to "make coats of skins and clothed them"

"3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. 3:22 And the LORD God [see 'The God Of The Old Testament'] said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." (Genesis 3:21-24 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) It was quite natural for the first humans to make clothing out of leaves because they were not yet meat eaters. How do we know that the first humans were vegetarians? (b) When did humans become meat eaters (even though by then they had been making clothing of fur for themselves for centuries, after the LORD had showed them how when He cast them out of Eden)?
(a) Genesis 1:29 (note that the King James' use of the word "meat" in Genesis 1:29 refers to food, not animal flesh; the literal meaning of "meat" is either the "flesh of animals," as it later came to mean, or the "inner and usually edible part of a seed or grain or nut or fruit stone" as was the meaning in ancient times)
(b) Genesis 9:3


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