by Kristen C. Strocchia
“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.” Genesis 3:6-8
Though warned by God not to eat from one tree and one tree only, still the tree that promised certain death attracted Eve until she relented. It offered sustenance for physical need. It appealed to the visual appetite. And it indulged the imaginations.
In and of themselves, nourishment, aesthetics and understanding are gifts of God. But twisted as they were in this fleshly moment, they did not glorify God as He intended them to do. Here they became the means to a self-destructive end for His Creation.
And not only did Eve succumb, but she influenced her husband to indulge himself against the will of God as well.
But not only are the wages of sin death [Romans 6:23] as in the end of life, death is that destructive toll on life that permeates the whole of our existence. Knowledge by experiencing not just the good, but the evil. Now the innocence was lost. Adam and Eve realized they were exposed–figuratively and literally.
And they tried to hide it! As if they actually could hide any of this from the all-knowing, ever-present, all wise and powerful God. Their Creator. Their friend. They tried to sew themselves some clothes. Then, knowing this had not done an adequate job to cover their sin, they hid themselves–fully dressed–among the trees that were meant for their freedom and good pleasure.
It is truly amazing that Satan has preserved so many lies against God to this very day. How is it that humankind doesn’t see that though the serpent promised knowledge equal to God’s own, here Adam and Eve didn’t have any more understanding of who God was? And with each passing generation, the nations of earth retain less and less of the truth of God.
Today our sensibilities are still being assaulted by the tri-fold manifestation of sin, targeting the appetites of body, soul and mind. Visual stimulation and enticement is the number one thing. But often our greatest temptations come from family and friends who know us, love us, and think they are offering us something for our good.
Ask God to show you through which appetites the enemy is attacking your life–physical, emotional or spiritual. Guard your eyes, and thereby your heart and mind. Hide His Word in your heart. Pray for discernment when family and friends advise.
And understand that the most important thing is that we come–as Adam and Eve did–to an acute awareness of our sin. That the guilt and shame of being exposed drive us to seek a covering. But there is only one covering that will wash away all our sin–the blood of Jesus.
Have you ever come to that place where you are acutely aware of your sin? Your absolute need for Jesus? In that place, have you invited Him to become Lord of your life?