the eyes of both of them were opened,
and they knew that they were naked;
and they sewed fig leaves together and
made themselves coverings” (Genesis
Innocence walked in the Garden of
Eden, and in the cool of the day
enjoyed the presence of Purity and
Grace as God came and fellowshipped
with Adam and Eve. Evil was lurking
in the shadows as Satan observed with
jealousy the relationship between God
and His beloved creation. He began
his evil strategy to break up this
unity and innocence.
had nothing of which he could accuse
Adam and Eve in their innocent state,
so he began his accusation toward God
to erode their trust in Him. The only
thing he could attack was man’s
relationship with God, and he began
his erosive, lying scheme by
audaciously accusing God of being
dishonest and withholding something
good and desirable from Adam and Eve.
first step in his deceptive plan was
to get their attention. He needed
that in order to implant his lies in
their minds and create suspicion in
them toward God. Once he had their
attention by deceiving Eve, they listened as he created
doubt in what God has told them. He
accused God of lying to them, “You
shall not die [as God said you
would]” (Genesis 3:4). He convinced them that
God was holding out on them by
requiring abstinence from eating of
the forbidden tree. It looked good;
it tasted good and was an appealing
lure of the flesh.
tragic mistake they made when they
gave Satan their attention! The
ritual has been repeated throughout
all generations: Get their attention,
feed the mind and capture them. He
pulls out all the stops to hold our
attention while he injects his poison
into our minds to accept the lie or
half-truth (which is a whole lie) and
to reject the truth. It begins with a
thought, leads to an action and ends
own downfall was due to his effort to
be God—above even God’s throne. This
was the bait he used on Eve, “You will
be like God” (Genesis 3:5).
Unregenerate man wants to be his own
ruler, making him susceptible to
Satan’s undeliverable promises. What
he promises as godhood is bondage in
disguise. Whatever we use to create
our godhood becomes our captor and we
its slave. No wonder God’s Word says
to avoid even the “appearance” of
evil. Adam and Eve were told to not
even touch the forbidden
fruit. It’s a dangerous game to play
with temptation. Satan is deadly
serious about bringing about our
destruction. Once Eve touched the
fruit, its lure was so strong she put
it in her mouth, and we know the rest
of the story.
it strange how fallen man will try to
bring others into the pit with him?
The next thing Eve did was to bring
Adam into the arena of disobedience.
Misery does love company! We would
assume she used the same argument to
Adam that Satan used on her to get him
to join her in the damnable feast.
Her eyes were not yet opened to the
deception. She "saw" the tree
was good for food because Satan had
given her distorted vision, so she was blind to the pit
in her path. Looks good, tastes good,
pleasurable, enlightens with
knowledge, has appearance of being a
noble thing to do. But once they had
eaten, both their eyes were opened
(Genesis 3:7), just as Satan had
predicted—but certainly not opened to
what they anticipated nor what he had
promised. They lost their innocence,
their intimate relationship with God
and their paradise.
is a master at telling enough “truth”
to make interspersed lies sound good.
That makes what he is perpetrating
sound credible and reasonable. But
now with innocence lost, sin brought
exposure to Adam and Eve’s nakedness.
They didn’t know they were naked
because they had been clothed with the
righteousness of God and were not
exposed to guilt. Disobedience
disrobed them and left them ashamed,
vulnerable and hiding; so they tried
to do a cover-up job themselves with
fig leaves which were inadequate cover
for their sin. The blame game didn’t
move God to accept their excuses. Eve
blamed the serpent, Adam blamed Eve
and even went so far as to blame God
for the woman God had given him.
was God’s time to provide a
compassionate remedy for their failure
to keep His commandment. He replaced
their dismally inadequate cover with
the skin of innocent slain animals to
provide acceptable coverage. What a
beautiful prophetic act of what Jesus
did for us at Calvary! The sacrifice
of the Innocent for the redemption of
the guilty! Mankind, since Adam and
Eve, has been trying to cover his sin
by his own methods and efforts and has
failed every time. God sees right
through the cover and exposes the
sin. Only He can give us cover
acceptable with Him. He did the whole
job! He didn’t just “cover” sin, He
took it away by the power of the blood
of Jesus. “…Behold! the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world!”
(John 1:29). And He did it out of
incomprehensible Love, Grace in action
motivated by Mercy!
is no place to hide! God asked Adam
where he was. That didn’t mean that
God did not know where Adam was. He
wanted Adam to know where Adam was.
It was more than just where Adam’s
physical location was; it was his
spiritual condition that concerned
God. He knows us and sees us no
matter where we are.
can I go from Your Spirit? Or where
can I flee from Your presence? If I
ascend into heaven, You are there; If
I make my bed in hell, behold, You are
there. If I take the wings of the
morning, And dwell in the uttermost
parts of the sea, Even there Your hand
shall lead me, and Your right hand
shall find me. If I say, ‘Surely the
darkness shall fall on me,’ Even the
night shall be light about me.” (Psalm
the world do we play games with God?
We act as if He isn’t aware of our
every action and the very thoughts and
intentions of our heart. Since we are
so open, exposed and vulnerable to
Him, why not just “lay it all on the
line” before Him. No blame game, no
excuses. Surrender. Submit.
Repent. Leave the old man in the
dust. Walk in the newness of life and
innocence before God that only He can
give through Jesus Christ our Lord.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation; old things have
passed away; behold all things have
become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Only God can make the guilty innocent.
have we got to lose by trusting God
and living in the new life?
will we gain?
Everything God has. We are His heirs!
. . . Delores . . .