Naked before God
March 11, 2011 § 1 Comment
Genesis 2:15 – 3:7 is not so much about explaining the origin of sin as it is about describing the human tendencies from the beginning to rebel against God. The free will to choose (2:16) cannot resist the temptation to explore other alternatives than the primary responsibility to work and take care of God’s good creation (2:15). The deepest nature of this temptation is the desire to be like God rather than to be thankful creatures of God who steward God’s creation. After all, the serpent said to the woman, “for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (3:4). And nobody wants to follow somebody else’s wisdom if the opportunity exists to gain wisdom all by yourself (3:6). Ironically, their eyes were opened as a result of the choice they made (3:7). But what they saw was a different reality than the one they hoped for: “…they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves” (3:7). May this Lent be a time of yet again realizing our nakedness as a result of our rebelliousness against God, and creating the opportunity to surrender ourselves to God’s purposes for the world.