Genesis 3 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the L_rd walking in the garden at the time of the evening wind and they hid themselves from G_d among the trees of the garden.” Gen 3:7-8
Before I was married, I had a friend who had several children. I remember him telling the story of how his youngest son, still a toddler, had overheard the older boys talking about sex. The young boy approached his father and asked what sex was. The father, grasping son’s lack of comprehension, asked the boy to bring him the big toolbox from the garage. The boy answered, “It’s too big for me to carry”. The father answered, “Yes, but someday you’ll be big enough to carry it, and when you can, I’ll answer your question…now tell your brothers to come see me!”
We will never know if G_d would have eventually allowed Adam & Eve to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil. Perhaps, He would have spoon-fed them bits as they grew in maturity and faithfulness. We only know that they ate when He forbade them…and as a result, we are all still paying for it, because we are all born into sin. From sinful people, come sinful offspring. When will we learn from Adam & Eve’s example, and stop trying to deny and cover-up our sin? When will we repent, confess our sin and receive, not only G_d’s covering, but His complete cleansing through Yeshua’s blood and righteousness?
When we read through the Revelation, we were reminded of the image of Adam & Eve cowering, trying to cover themselves with fig leaves. There is a time forthcoming, when the earth’s sin will again be exposed, and all who have denied G_d’s Salvation and Lordship will be revealed.
“Then I saw Him open the sixth seal. A violent earthquake occurred, the sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair; the entire moon became like blood; the stars of heaven fell to the earth as a fig tree drops its unripe figs when shaken by a high wind…” Rev 6:12-13
“…and they said to the mountains, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of the One seated on the throne and from the wrath of the lamb, because the great day of their wrath has come! And who is able to stand?’” Rev 6:16-17
Can you picture Adam & Eve cowering, dressed in fig leaves, looking like 2 young figs, dropped before their ripening…unduly heavy from the knowledge of their sin, and blown off the branch as the L_rd moves through His garden as an evening wind?
So, what is our takeaway? We all sin, and all sin will be judged. It is impossible for mankind to cover his own sin, and only the atoning blood of Yeshua fully satisfies the Lord’s requirements for “covering”. Best of all, salvation is a free gift, offered to all who would believe in Yeshua by faith, confessing their sin, and turning from it to follow Him.
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Monday, January 13, 2014