Naked And Unashamed

This blog is taken from a teaching on Genesis 2-3

What a stark picture we're given in chapters 2 and 3 of Genesis! Chapter 2 is the promise of everything good ... everything we hope for is in this chapter. The perfect mate and the perfect marriage; the perfect home--a garden; abundant provision; meaningful purpose; and the promise of a fulfilling life in every way. At peace with God and with each other. Naked yet unashamed.

And life was provided and sustained from the very beginning by God Himself and through the means of food. They were given permission by God to eat from any tree in the Garden, including the Tree of Life, with only one exception: they were not to eat from The Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. God said that if they ate from that tree they would surely die. So of course it was forbidden! God had given them life. God wanted them to live. If there was a tree in the garden that produced death, of course it would be forbidden.

So Satan comes into paradise and begins to speak. "Do I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree in the garden?” And there he begins to plant the lie. Is it true that God is asking you to go without something you need? Really? Wow! That doesn't seem fair.

And so Eve says, “Not at all. We can eat from the trees in the garden. It’s only about the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘Don’t eat from it; don’t even touch it or you’ll die.’” Truth is already being distorted.

So the serpent says, “You won’t die." In fact, "God knows that the moment you eat from that tree, you’ll see what’s really going on. You’ll be just like God, knowing everything, ranging all the way from good to evil.”

And once the seed of deception was planted, and Eve became dissatisfied with what she had (the woman who had everything), "she took and ate the fruit and then gave some to her husband, and he ate." And immediately they saw their nakedness and they were ashamed.

So there it is ... sin, darkness, and death entered into the perfect paradise of Adam and Eve and every generation after them. And immediately we see the obvious consequences of sin: negative self-awareness, the attempt to cover oneself, hiding from God, and fear. Peace is gone, and what has replaced it? Shame. There was no such thing as shame in the Garden of Eden previous to sin.

If you are dabbling with sin in your life in any way, recognize this: sin is not your friend. Sin is your enemy. Don't let the enemy ruin you--that's all he wants to do!

1. The moment you recognize that the voice speaking to you is your enemy, stop listening!

2. Beware of dissatisfaction with your "lot" in life. God is good. His plans for you are always good.

3. Beware of complaining. When you begin to realize that you're complaining, stop!

4. Learn to be content. Paul said he learned to be content (see Phil. 4:11).

Work on these things! This for you! And stay in the Word where the Truth is found.

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