Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 | Author:

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Note of Interest: In December when I posted about Christians and guns, it generated some interesting conversation around here.  :)   Now it’s prompted Jim Wetzel to explore this topic in detail.  Don’t miss his new series.

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 desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. 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 loin coverings. They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” (Genesis 3:6-10)

The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; (Genesis 3:21-22)

Even though we hate to admit it, we’re all a lot like Adam. In our heart of hearts, we know good and evil.  At some point, if we’re ever honest with ourselves, we know that we have sinned.  Whether we’ve lied or stolen or cursed our parents, we know that we’ve done wrong.

Yet like Adam, our human response is to be afraid and try to hide from God.  When you think about it, that’s downright silly.  We think we can hide from the God who made us and the whole universe?  Silly, silly, silly.

In our silliness, we make fig leaves.  They may not come from fig trees, but they’re fig leaves nonetheless.  Maybe our personal fig leaves are made of good works.  If we cover ourselves with doing good, then maybe that will hide our sin.  Or maybe our fig leaves are made of denial.  If we declare that we haven’t sinned, then maybe that will make it so.  Another popular fig leaf is diversion.  If we point the finger at someone else’s sin – they’re much worse than we are – then maybe God won’t notice ours.

Making fig leaves is hard work.  We can spend a lot of time and energy trying to justify ourselves and defend ourselves.  It never works, of course, but we keep at it anyhow, because the only alternative is to admit that we’ve sinned.

From personal experience, I can tell you that the alternative is a much better place to be.  When we admit to ourselves and to God that we’ve sinned; when we ask Jesus to come into our heart and be Lord of our lives; when we let go of our fig leaves and stop hiding; then we discover that He’s been waiting to wrap us in the garments of forgiveness bought on the cross, and we become free indeed. We’re free of guilt and condemnation … and fig leaves.  We’re free to become all that God designed us to be.

If you haven’t done this, give it a try.  You won’t be disappointed.

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. (Romans 8:1-2)

Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.  (Acts 13:38-39)

And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:13-16)

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. (Ephesians 1:7-8)

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  (1 John 1:9)

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7 Responses
  1. Lisa says:

    Pretty soon we cannot make enough fig leaves to cover our sins!

    Excellent post today!

  2. Jim Wetzel says:

    “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”

    What? After all the work I’ve done on my fig-leaf collection, the things don’t even work??!?!!?

    I might as well give up. Which, come to think of it, is pretty much the point, isn’t it?

  3. akagaga says:

    @Lisa You’d think that the longer we’re in Christ the less sin we’d have to try to cover, but I think it’s just the opposite. The more we know God, the more we see the difference between Him and us. I wonder if we can stuff fig leaves down our throats?

    @Jim LOL I’m trying to picture your collection – but I’ll stop before I do. No matter the topic, my friend, you always make me laugh. :)

  4. Amen! We enter the kingdom of heaven with the clean wedding garments that the Lord provides us with! :D

  5. Excellent post!

    Don’t forget that Adam pointed the finger, too (that’s probably where it started): God asked him what he had done, and he said, “The woman whom You gave me deceived me.” Translation: “It’s her fault! You gave her to me!” Talk about shifting blame to cover your own faults!

    Adam and Eve disobeyed and then tried to hide their sins with fig leaves. God knew that this would not suffice; it was all as filthy rags… I was looking for that Scripture and here is what I found:

    Isaiah 64:5-9 “…You are indeed angry, for we have sinned-In these ways we continue; And we need to be saved. But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away. And there is no one who calls on Your name, Who stirs himself up to take hold of You; For You have hidden Your face from us, And have consumed us because of our iniquities. But now, O LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand. Do not be furious, O LORD, Nor remember iniquity forever; Indeed, please look-we all are Your people!”

    I found it quite interesting that Isaiah says that “we fade as a leaf” in the same passage where he is talking about sin; that is what Adam and Eve did, and God knew that their “rags” would fade like the wind; it would not last. Therefore, God had to kill an animal to make the skins for them, symbolizing His blood which was shed for our forgiveness.

    Thank you so much for the encouragement, Jean!

  6. Rebecca says:

    Wow!! I *almost* wrote on this topic for my WFW, but it took a different turn. I have a draft version of it, that I intend on publishing for this Wed. !!! It’s exciting when we start to see patterns and the Holy Ghost speaking to us… the manifold wisdom of God. A timely post. I think He will be back very soon, time to get our “houses” (hearts) in order!

    XOXOX

  7. akagaga says:

    @Alice Indeed we do, and what a good thing that we don’t have to depend on those fig leaves, eh?

    @Miss S Thanks! That passage is a good follow-up to this post.

    @Rebecca I’ll look forward to your version of this. I always like to see how God speaks the same thing, but it comes out a little different in each of us.

    I think He will be back very soon, time to get our “houses” (hearts) in order! Jesus might come back tomorrow or not for generations, but God is definitely trying to prepare His people for something – suffering, perhaps? That subject keeps popping up.