Monday, February 6, 2012

"who told you you were naked?"

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When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”

He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

And He said, Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

i think we often forget about the reality of an evil one who's sole purpose is to separate us from God. by making us feel ashamed, by telling us lies, by making us feel unsatisfied or falsely self-sufficient, he leads us to think we don't need God, or that God doesn't want us. the first sin is still a perfect depiction of how we too react. we hide. we try to make things right for ourselves. we move away from God. we are ashamed. we feel unworthy of Him.

God intimately knew every square inch of adam and eve; He created them with His bare hands and with His own image in mind. He modeled them after Himself because He wanted them to be directly, physically, intimately linked with Him. adam and eve had no secrets, no hidden thoughts from God. He knew them - inside and out. He looked on them and said "it is good".

but then the devil did as he does. he came and whispered lies and deception and persuasions to them and they gave in, breaking the one rule God shared with them. in that moment everything changed.

they noticed their nakedness. they were ashamed. they felt guilty. they knew they had wronged God and corrupted their perfect trust and relationship with Him.

the snake snickered slithering out of the garden, as adam and eve made clothes to cover themselves out of leaves.

the Lord entered calling for them, saying "where are you?" seeking them, He wandered. adam and eve hid themselves. they emerged then, covered, embarrassed, violated, disgusting.

but He looked on them and asked them why they hid. heads hung low, they confessed what they had done and how they feared being in His presence in their fragility and shame.

"who told you you were naked?"
"who has made you feel this way adam? why do you believe this about yourself?'"

adam tried to cover himself to be more presentable before God, forgetting, though, the intimacy by which the Creator had made him.

i imagine the Father's eyes. both disappointed and angry, but loving. seeing His children hurting and needing to both discipline and to show them love. "why do you believe you need to cover yourself before Me child? i already know you; i already see you!"

and as loving and tender as this statement is, He still did have to punish adam and eve for their decisions that countered His perfect plan for their lives. but He still compassionately took them and made them clothes to cover them, and then sent them out of the garden.

The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”

while the devil relentlessly attacks our hearts, our minds, our self-image, our perspectives of others, our image of God, our trust in His great plans, he has no victory over us. the Lord goes - and has already gone - before to comfort, to love, to guide us throughout our lives. when we mess up and our perfect God-given holiness is dirtied by shame and guilt; when we try to clean ourselves up, failing to mask the pain we still feel, He comes into our lives and washes us clean. clean as snow.

only the Father can rescue us from the shame and despair the devil introduces to our lives. as satan taunts and haunts you, the Lord calls out "where are you?"; to find us hidden and broken, He cradles us and says, "who told you that? nothing you do can make you less beautiful or less loveable to Me."

1 comment:

  1. Three words: Beautiful, encouraging, and needed =D Thank you for writing this and reminding me!


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