First Faint Echo

Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked.  And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

Genesis 3:7  

In Genesis 2:25, Adam and Eve were naked and felt no shame.  They felt no shame because there was no sin.  But by 3:7 they have sinned and now they feel shame in their nakedness.  

Satan had suggested to Eve that she was missing out, that God was holding back something she needed, that God could not be trusted.  Satan lied.  

What does sin bring Adam and Eve?  Exactly what sin brings us:  guilt, shame, fear, mistrust, alienation from God, rupture of relationships, the end of all joy and peace.  In a word, sin brings death.  

So much for Satan’s promise.  

Sin may look good but it hurts us.  It always hurts us.  Mark it down:  Sin will always hurt you, sooner or later.  Often it hurts others too.  

How did Adam and Eve respond to their shame?  Fig leaves.  They tried to hide behind fig leaves.  Trust and transparency had vanished.  Barriers went up.  And ever since Adam and Eve, we have all been wearing masks, hiding, posing, pretending, running from God, blaming others.   

Our only escape is the grace of God.  God alone can tear the walls down and set us free.  How does God set us free?  It takes blood.  It takes blood because someone has to die for sin.  So God threw away the fig leaves and clothed Adam and Eve with animal skins.  To get animal skins would require death and bloodshed and sacrifice, the first faint echo of a Savior, the first faint echo of a future day when God himself would shed his blood.  For you.  And for me.