We learned in the previous post that the intent of the LORD is for us to be open, honest and unashamed in our relationships. So how did we get to the place where we struggle to relate in the way we were designed to? Continue reading to learn more!
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized that they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together to make themselves loincloths. Genesis 3:7 CJB
After Adam and Eve – in their perfect state – were stationed in their place of abode, the garden, they were given an instruction to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or they will die. As the story goes, Eve was deceived by a snake and not only did she eat the fruit but she also gave some to Adam who also ate. When they did, scripture stated that their eyes were opened “and they realized that they were naked”, so they covered themselves.
Disobedience caused Adam and Eve to step outside of the design they were created to operate in. Not only will disobedience displace us but it leads us to death, which is separation from God. When we are displaced in our mind, thoughts and perceptions we will always struggle with being open, being vulnerable and operating in the design created for a godly marital union.
We see here that after their act of disobedience, the first thing Adam and Eve were aware of was their nakedness; so they hid. When in wrong (displaced), our tendency is to cover ourselves — to hide. Have you noticed that whenever we do wrong, our first instinct is to quickly draw away from the LORD? This is because no one likes to be exposed or vulnerable especially in wrongdoing.
They heard the voice of [YHVH], God, walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, so the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of [YHVH], God, among the trees in the garden. [YHVH], God, called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree from which I ordered you not to eat?” The man replied, “The woman you gave to be with me—she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.” [YHVH], God, said to the woman, “What is this you have done? “The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me, so I ate.” Genesis 3:8-13 CJB [personalized]
When they got caught, Adam blamed God and Eve while Eve blamed the serpent. None of them took responsibility for what they did. I wonder if they had taken responsibility, owned up and repented, if the outcome may have been different or the consequences less severe.
Many times we are like that. Instead of taking responsibility, we lay blame to different things: how we were treated or not treated — who did what to us; failing to realize that no matter what, we are responsible for our responses.
In 1 Samuel 15, we read that the time for judgment against the Amalekites were ripe so the LORD said to King Saul through Prophet Samuel,
I remember what ‘Amalek did to Isra’el, how they fought against Isra’el when they were coming up from Egypt. Now go and attack ‘Amalek, and completely destroy everything they have. Don’t spare them, but kill men and women, children and babies, cows and sheep, camels and donkeys. (emphasis added)
Instead of obeying the LORD’s instruction, King Saul and the people decided to kill everything except Agag, the King, the best and second best sheep and cattle along with everything else they determined were good.
The LORD sent Prophet Samuel to confront King Saul who lied and then placed blame on the people even though he was king and the one whom the LORD instructed with a specific order. As a result, the Spirit of the LORD was removed from him and he was rejected as king.
King David, on the other hand, has done his fair share of wrongdoing and even though there were consequences for his actions, he took responsibility for them. He did not lay blame and as a result he dwelt in the presence of the LORD all the days of his life.
We see that we can be displaced and as a result act contrary to our original design. It is easy to lay blame as to why we do the things we do or not do the things we should; however we discover that we should always take responsibility for the things we do or do not do.
Displacement causes us to clothed ourselves in feelings of shame, guilt, insecurity and fear. Despite being displaced, the LORD does not desire us to be clothed in this type of covering so He has prepared something better for us.
Find out more in the next post!