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Posted: Aug 19, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

Wow. It’s been a ridiculously long time since I last blogged.  I think the last time I blogged was the day before the Berlin Wall fell. Ok, maybe not that long but it feels like it has been.  I was reading something today in Genesis and wanted to process a few thoughts from what I read.  Hope you enjoy and I will try and make these posts a little more regular.

I have always been fascinated by the creation story.  God creates man not because He has to but because He wants to. He creates Adam, places him in the Garden of Eden and tells him to enjoy this creation that was made entirely for him.  Eventually, God decided that it wasn’t good for man to be alone so He creates Eve.  Together, Adam and Eve are told by God to be fruitful and multiply.  So without being too graphic, God tells Adam and Eve to have sex.

In this amazing creation that Adam and Eve are now responsible for, God tells them it’s all theirs for them to enjoy.  The only rule is, you can’t eat the fruit from one tree which is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  There were limitless things they could do. Only one thing they couldn’t do.  Because humans are curious and seem to have an innate desire to rebel, Adam and Eve eat the fruit from the tree anyway and immediately, sin and shame are introduced into our world.

Genesis says that instantly, Adam and Eve realized they were naked. That’s usually something that is fairly obvious.  If you are naked, you know you are naked.  The only people that are surprised to be naked are those who previously consumed a ridiculous amount of alcohol and wake up not remembering much from the night before.   Upon realizing they were naked, Adam and Eve hid.  That’s what we do.  When we are embarrassed or ashamed, we hide. God comes strolling through, calls out for Adam and Eve, and they tell God they were afraid because they saw they were naked and so they hid.

I love the next part because God asks them, “Who told you that you were naked?”  Generally, I don’t need people to tell me if I am naked or not.  ”Uh, hey Steve, can you answer this question for me that I have been dying to know the answer to?  Am I naked?” Obviously, they had been naked the whole time.  But when sin came into the picture, they were made aware of a dirty word called shame.  We have all felt shame a time or two in our lives.  It’s a terrible feeling.  I understand why Adam and Eve tried to hide.  It’s what most of us do when we feel shame and regret. God tells Adam and Eve that their sin will have consequence.  He tells Adam that he will always sweat and toil in the land and that life would be challenging.  He tells Eve that childbirth will be painful.  Sin most definitely has consequences.  We usually don’t think about that in the moment of temptation and weakness because just like the apple that Eve ate, sin almost always looks too appealing to pass up.

After going through the list of consequences with Adam and Eve, God does something completely shocking to me.  We read about it in Genesis 3:21  

And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.”

If I was God, and Adam and Eve had just corrupted and virtually destroyed the perfect world I had made and brought sin and shame into the picture, I would have said, “Go make your own clothes.  I didn’t sin.  You did.  You wanted that apple?  I hope it was good.  I hope it was a good apple because now you are naked and ashamed.  You want to take your shame away? Go make your own clothes.” It’s a good thing I’m not God.  I absolutely love this. Adam and Eve sin. They made the mistake.  This wasn’t God’s responsibility to fix.  And yet in spite of his being disappointed in the decisions of Adam and Eve, He still loves them enough to make them clothes to cover their nakedness.

What a perfect picture of foreshadowing leading into what Jesus was going to do for us.  God didn’t cause sin.  But He paid the price tag that sin requires.  Why? Because He loves you too much to allow sin and shame to define you.  Yes. Sin has consequences.  But underneath all of our bad choices lies a God who is willing to clothe us when we are naked and die for us when we need a redeemer.  I’m so glad that God didn’t say to Adam and Eve “Do it Yourself.” We can’t do it ourselves.  We never could and we never will.

With Expectancy!


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