Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. (Genesis 3:7)
As soon as the man ate of the fruit, both Adam and Eve were aware of their nakedness, and for the first time, were ashamed. The Hebrew word translated as “naked” stems from the same Hebrew root that describes the serpent as being “cunning” or “clever.” In other words, Scripture hints that as soon as mankind disobeyed God, he began to mimic the attributes of the serpent — he became “cunning.”
It is telling to see that their first reaction was to make coverings for themselves with leaves from a nearby fig tree. They desperately tried to cover what linked them, their nakedness, with the serpent just as he tries to conceal his true nature by posing as a messenger of light. In Proverbs we are told:
“He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).
As followers of Messiah, we should not give into the carnal nature that rushes to cover the shame associated with our sins but should humbles ourselves before Him in acknowledgement of our failures.
And thanks be unto God, as believers in the Messiah, when we do confess our sins, we will not have to stand before God ashamed; we have been clothed in His righteousness and can rejoice in the words penned by King David long ago:
“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity and in whose spirit there is no deceit.” (Psalm 32:1-2)
Blessings and Shalom,