Most people are familiar with the story of Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis. Recently, I was looking at the immediate effects and consequences of Adam and Eve’s original sin, and five points really stuck out to me.
1. They were naked.
Genesis 3:7, “Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked.”
Yes, I know, they were naked before they ate the fruit. That’s the point. They were already naked, but didn’t realize their nakedness until they sinned. The early church fathers taught, “despite their physical nakedness, prior to sinning, Adam and Eve were clothed in the love and acceptance of God.” They were completely secure in his love and acceptance emotionally, mentally, and spiritually – until they sinned.
2. They attempted to cover themselves.
Genesis 3:7, “…and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.”
Here we see Adam and Eve’s attempt to cover themselves. Having become aware of their nakedness and their loss of acceptance before God, they try to make coverings for themselves. They try to ‘do something’ to earn back the security and love they lost. They hope their coverings are good enough replacements.
3. Their relationship with God was broken.
Genesis 3:8, “…and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.”
Nobody told Adam and Eve they should hide from God. They knew on their own. After their disobedience, they knew their relationship with God was now broken; they knew they were no longer worthy to be in front of him; and they knew they deserved judgment from God for their sin. Verse 3:10 tells us they were “afraid.” This is a fear that was previously unwarranted. So they hid, and from what? The presence of God! People today desire and long for the presence of God, yet sin will make us hide from it. Of all things – hide from the presence of God.
4. Their relationship with one another was broken.
Genesis 3:11-12, “He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’ The man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.'”
God asks Adam two simple questions with seemingly no condemning or negative tone. Adam responds by pointing to Eve, and then back to God. He turns on Eve and blames her, and he blames God for making her. Like a little kid, Adam answers, “It wasn’t my fault. Eve made me do it.” Without the acceptance of God, Adam’s newly born insecurity rears its ugly head in putting Eve down to make himself look better before God.
5. God spilled blood to cover them.
Genesis 3:21, “And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.”
As we know, Adam and Eve tried to make coverings for themselves. They sewed themselves fig leaf loinclothes. But this wasn’t good enough. Their man-made effort to appease God failed. They couldn’t ‘do’ anything good enough to earn back God’s love and acceptance that previously clothed them. So, what did God do? He killed an animal. This is the first instance of murder and bloodshed in the Bible. God sacrificed an animal to cover Adam and Eve. They didn’t contribute at all – it was all God. Do you see what this is pointing to? Who this is pointing to? Jesus, and his grace. The Son of God sacrificed himself and spilled his blood so that we can once again know and be fully covered in the love and acceptance of God the Father.
The story of Genesis is our story. We are Adam and Eve. Reconsider the five points from above…
1. We are naked
2. We attempt to cover ourselves
3. Our relationship with God is broken
4. Our relationships with one another are broken
5. God spilled blood to cover us