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The “Fig Leaf Coverup”

Gen. 3:7; John 1:3-5, 9

Genesis 1-3 lays the foundation. The “fig leaf coverup” (3:7) is very important. Eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil brought drastic inward changes to the first couple. They now saw and understood by a means God had forbidden. The knowledge of good and evil should have been gained through the tree of life – ingesting the good, refusing the evil – increasing in spirit, developing the conscience, maintaining the covering God provided. That covering was light that emanated from within them. Just as the glass of the bulb is hidden when the light is on, so for man the form was seen, but the flesh was veiled.

First mentioned in Gen 1:3, the light was the manifestation of the Son of God as the Wisdom and Word of creation (Pro 8:22ff). The Apostle John wrote (John 1:3-5,9) of Jesus, the Wisdom and Word of God, that he created all, and the life in him was the true light given to every man. Refusing that light brings darkness and death – both immediate and ultimate.

Eve was deceived. Adam was disobedient. The inner light of God’s presence was removed. They saw carnally, they experienced embarrassment, they felt shame before each other and guilt before God. So they worked together on a coverup, neither would judge the other, nor say who was right or wrong.

Skipping to Gen. 3:18 – God’s coverall. Adam and Eve made coats from the fruit tree they tended (Cain, 4:3), but God provided a covering from the skin of a sacrificed animal (Abel, 4:4). God judged their behaviour, bringing death because it separated them from the Eternal Life, and foreshadowed the death of Jesus in the slaying of the lamb, whereby they could be delivered from that death and raised to life in Christ. Jesus, the Way, the Truth, the Life.

Submitted by: Gord Gooderham