Who Told You?

In Genesis 2:24-25 we see our ideal family once again. “24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.” This text is something that we should take notice of. First, the marriage instituted by God and the results of that marriage. Marriage is a unique relationship. One that causes the bonds between a mother and father to their child to be overcome by another. That a man shall leave his father and mother and cling to his wife. This first marriage also showed that a marriage is to bring with it complete vulnerability. Verse 25 says they were naked and were not ashamed. 

Nakedness brings with it the idea of shame. Part of the torture of crucifixion was for the accused to be crucified naked to further add shame upon them. To be naked is to be exposed. Adam and Eve were both naked with no shame, they were not afraid, they didn’t carry with them the guilt of sin. Therefore, they were able to be naked and without shame. This didn’t stay this way very long. The family didn’t stay ideal.

Genesis 3:6-7 “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was 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 loincloths.”

They both ate of the tree in the garden that they had been commanded not to eat of. Once they ate their eyes were opened and they knew they were naked. They now had shame upon them. They felt exposed. Their first action was to seek to cover their nakedness, to cover their shame. As people today, we still seek to mask and cover our shame, to cover our nakedness. We try to find ways of our own to cover our shame, it might be through religious actions, moral goodness, or actually in complete secular thought to deny the idea of shame. But shame is there, we still try and cover it.

Genesis 3:10-11 “10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” Once God was walking in the garden, came to speak to Adam and Eve, yet they had hidden themselves, they had tried to hide their nakedness from God. They felt shame before a Holy and Righteous God. God replied to their feeble act of trying to hide their shame with, “who told you that you were naked?” Who told you that you should have shame? Who told you that you were exposed? You have brought shame upon yourself, you seek to cover your shame, yet you are completely exposed. Friend, do you not feel completely exposed? Do you not fear that your shame will be exposed? Are you trying to cover your shame as Adam and Eve did? 

Genesis 3:21 “21 And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.” You will never be able to cover your own shame. You will never be able to hide it enough, it must be paid for. For Adam and Eve, their acts to hide their shame with leaves were not covering, God had to sacrifice an animal to give them a garment of skin, to cloth them, to cover their shame. You cannot pay for your shame. You cannot cover your own shame. Christ has come and become the ultimate sacrifice to take upon Himself our shame. He was naked before the world so we could be covered by Christ. You and I will never be ideal, but to Christ is the only place that we can take our shame? Will you cloth yourself with Christ today?

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