7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
Adam and Eve have now officially become the first sinners. (Genesis 3:6) Eve chose to eat the fruit from the tree and Adam chose to embark on this selfish journey with her.
They both were unified in the idea that there must be something more, something that they could attain without God.
That something really opened their eyes.
They now knew right from wrong and they knew that they were naked. Obviously they were either naked before this, but now something was different, dirty, and shameful about their situation.
They hear the voice of God and panic.
What do Adam and Eve do?
They attempt (at first) to hide their nakedness from God (Genesis 3:8)
We have the first example of what can be coined as a man-made religion in history. They tried to cover themselves with fig leaves. Religion is any attempt to clothe ourselves apart from the righteousness of Christ. Adam and Eve tried it with fig leaves. Men today try it with education, church membership, baptism, tithing, confirmation, good works, secret rituals, etc, but all to no avail
Christ cursed the fig tree and He denounced religion right after doing so (Mark 11:12-19). Religion merely covers our sins and it will separate us from God.
We then see something wonderful. We see God searching for man in the garden not man searching for God.
Four lessons from the fig leaves and the fact that God coated them with skins:
1) Man must have adequate covering to approach God.
You can’t come to God on the basis of your good works. You must come as you are a sinner
2) Fig leaves are unacceptable
They were man-made and thereby fruitless garments
3) God must provide the covering
The covering is obtained only through Jesus Christ
He attempts (at last) to hide himself from God (Genesis 3:8) Psalms 139:7
The serpent actually told them the truth. Their eyes were opened but their ability to freely communicate and fellowship with God was disrupted (Genesis 3:8) and the hid from God. Carnal natural man wants to hide from the light (John 3:19-20)
And now they were naked and they became embarrassed when they heard God’s voice in the garden.
So God asks them this question.
“Where are you?”
He didn’t need to know what they had done or where they were, but Adam and Eve did.
Adam needed to know what he had done and he needed to realize it. Sometimes we are oblivious to something that we are doing or have done while we are in the very act of doing it and sometimes we need to speak it, to talk about it to realize what we have been doing. To realize what we have done. This even goes with sin in our lives.
Adam needed to know that he had sinned. He needed to know that he had broken his fellowship with God. He needed to know that he was in a fallen and sinful state.
Of course his eyes were opened and he knew that something was wrong so he decided to hide it from God
Am I that way?
Are you hiding something?
Are you hiding behind something?
Church meetings, membership, Bible studies, baptism, tithing, all these are well and good, but if they are done for anything other than to glorify God and build up His Church, then are useless, meaningless, fruitless aprons that we string together to hide out emptiness and sin.
Step into the Light and we won’t feel the need to hide from God