By Pastor Doug Cox
(3 minute read)
When the school principal walked into the smoke filled bathroom it was hard for the two pimple faced teens to act natural, especially with smoke wafting from the still lit cigarette behind one boy’s back. That’s when the coverup started. “We weren’t smoking. We just came in here and found this cigarette lying on the floor. I picked it up and was going to throw it away when you walked in. I got scared thinking you would accuse us of smoking, so I hid it behind my back.” There’s usually a pattern we follow when we get caught doing wrong. Conviction, cover up and lying, plus blaming others as much as we can. The reason we do that is because we know there could be severe repercussions. These boys faced suspension if their lie didn’t work.
We know by reading Adam and Eve’s story that for them it was too late. After being warned not to partake, Eve “…saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise… took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.” (Genesis 3:6-7) That’s when they heard the principle coming. No wait, it was the footsteps of the Lord God coming for their customary walk. The couple ran and hid themselves, while hearing the Lord ask, “where are you”? It reminds me of two year old’s trying to play hide and seek. The Lord knew where they were going before they got there. His purpose was to strike up a conversation that would get things moving towards restoration.
Adam and Eve discovered the curse for their actions couldn’t be avoided. The moment they ate of the forbidden fruit, they felt the eerie, unfamiliar conviction of sin and death enter them. Along with death came the shame and fear. Thankfully embedded in this story is the promise of hope and the only answer for what they had brought on themselves and on every child to come.
After confessing his fear and nakedness Adam blamed God and the woman He gave him. Eve blamed the serpent that deceived her. God pronounced a curse on the serpent and explained how life would now be a struggle for Adam, Eve and their future children. How the ground was now cursed to bear thistles and thorns and only by the sweat of their brow they would eat bread, until their physical body finally succumbed to the death now lurking in them.
Thankfully, good news came from the Lord. Genesis 3:21 says “…for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin and clothed them.” Personally, I believe this merciful act of God reveals different things. One – that sin is costly. (Romans 6:23) Two – Fig leaf aprons hold no covenant or redemptive value. Leviticus Lev 17:11 says “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.” Three – The mystery of the ‘seed of the woman’ pointed forward to Mary’s baby boy Jesus who would later become the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. (John 3:16) Our choice today is to uselessly try to cover our sin or receive God’s forgiveness through Christ. It’s our choice, figs leaves or a new covenant?