“After the Apple”

 

Genesis 3:7 “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.”

Have you ever wondered about this verse? What was the big deal? The couple in the Garden were always NAKED. It says so in verse 25 of the previous chapter: “Both the man and his wife were naked and they felt no shame.”HCBS

Yesterday I had an “ah ha” moment. As our pastor taught on the Glory my mind wandered to this nakedness “issue”.   There’s no record of Adam and Eve needing a closet or a shoe rack in Paradise.  But they didn’t feel uncomfortable or shameful because they were CLOTHED with GLORY!  The manifested presence of the Father was draped all over them in this blissful garden relationship.

You know the next scene in this story… the deceiver slithered into their midst and after the “apple” bite, disobedience, rebellion, self-will and sin, which “appeared” to be tasty…was not! One bite each and all the contentment of being who they were; God’s kids clothed in His glorious image – shattered as they mirrored to each other their nakedness which now was clothed in shame, embarrassment, and sin. Their reaction, much like our own at times, was to cover up their “sin” and to hide from Father.  Neither action proved redeeming. Only the Blood of Jesus – the Son of God – The Spotless Lamb, would pay the price for sin. Only then all of us naked sinners could be brought out of hiding and into His glorious light, where relationship with “Daddy” would be restored. And we would be covered with His Glory!

A Few closing thoughts:
We don’t have to live under the shame of sinfulness.
We don’t have to hide from our Father or clothe ourselves in some “fig leaf” faith which thinks, “if I try hard enough I can feel good about myself again.”
We can confess our nakedness to our Father, repent of our sins, receive forgiveness, and stand ready to be clothed again and again in His glorious presence!

2Cor. 3:18  says it well: “But we all with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2Cor. 3:18

Here’s a prayer starter… feel free to add to it.  Jesus, I choose to focus  on You.  To see You in all Your glory and to believe You mirror back to me the glory of  heaven with which I am and have always meant to be clothed.  I let go of shame and awkwardness around You because You love me without condition and You have cleansed me from embarrassment in Your Presence. I can enjoy being who You created me to be in You…

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