Genesis 3: 7-11 (ESV) Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. And 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. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”
For some reason this part of the story always makes me chuckle. Our Creator God, walking around the garden that He created asking His creations, “Where are you?” God is omnipotent and omnipresent, He already knew where Adam was! That is not my focus of discussion however; I want to talk about that leafy green fig that Man and Woman sewed together to hide themselves behind. Adam and Eve were pure, untainted, perfect representations of God. Until…
Many of us make the mistake of thinking that Satan appeared to Adam and Eve in the garden to tempt them, but the Word of God says in Gen. 3:1, Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. As a snake does, he slithered his way up to the woman and began to smooth talk her. He said, Did God actually say…? PLANTED DOUBT ABOUT GOD’S WORD! Then the woman, knowing exactly what God said, verbalized that to the serpent, and what did he do? Mocked the Word and then twisted its meaning and finally played to her ego:
You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
There are many debates as to why the serpent chose Eve over Adam to tempt her; the most common is because Eve was the weaker vessel, yet I believe that Satan (via the serpent) chose this route because he knew that Adam was the head (God’s covenant order) and by tempting Eve instead he disrupted that order. He placed Eve at the head, and had Adam take the subjective role as follower, and caused a role reversal in God’s ordained order of the home/family. Eve listened to the voice of the serpent instead of God; then Adam listened to the voice of his wife instead of God. Which brings us back to “where are you?” God called out to the man, not the woman, and the man answered Him; God already knew that Adam had fallen. So where do the fig leaves come in? Adam and Eve sewed the leaves together to hide their nakedness (sin), and so do we. The serpent has crept into all of our lives at one time or another and asked us, “Did God actually say…”. Think about it. The serpent tempted Eve using the lust of the eye and flesh…
“So 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 to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate”.
In like manner Satan still operates the same way, he plays to our ego, what’s beautiful to us and what will make us feel good. Then when God comes looking for us, we know that he can see us for what and who we really are, but we will embellish ourselves in fig leaves to hide our sin! Our fig leaves:
- Other gods. The serpent will tell you that Jesus is not the only way. He was a prophet, a major prophet but a prophet none the less. Buddha, Mohammed, Tupac, The Spaceship and your pastor are prophets too, follow them!
- Homosexuality. The serpent will tell you that God made homosexuals in his image and they are perfect as is. This is the fig leaf that they cover themselves with to justify the sinful act.
- Religiosity. The serpent will tell you that religious works will save you despite how you live. As long as people see you busy for the Lord then you are golden in the sight of God. “Look y’all, I’m blogging for Jesus, hallelujah!” <— example lol.
- Gnosis. The serpent will do what he did to Eve, tempt you with knowledge so that you can “be like god”. He will tell you that you don’t need God because you are a god yourself.
- Coexist. The serpent will tell you that it is important for all religions to peaceably exist together and support one another. The true and living God stated that He is a jealous God.
- Drugs and alcohol. The serpent will use these fig leaves to keep your mind so sedated that when God does come looking for you, you won’t hear Him, acknowledge Him or fear Him.
- Pride. The serpent will tell you that you are fine as is, that no one can judge you because they are not perfect. He will tell you that others are just jealous. That they are trying to “hold you back”, that God will accept you as you are because you are “the bomb”.
You need to remember that this was a standing serpent, right in Eve’s face probably, because after God cursed him for what he had done, He told him that he would spend his days on his belly eating dust (verse 15). If you don’t think that Satan will place temptation right in your face you are fooling yourself. He was more crafty than any beast that God had made! The fig leaf. Clothing that Adam and Eve thought would hide their nakedness and sin from God. Proverbs 15:3 states:
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
What is your fig leaf and do you really believe that you are hiding behind it from our God? Remember the serpent and Eve? They did a little dance, he tossed doubt on God’s Word, she reiterated what God had instructed, he twisted God’s Word to further draw her in, she took the bait and lured her husband with her. Satan’s ultimate goal is to disrupt God’s order; he did it in the beginning and continues to do it to this day. The serpent did not force Eve to eat from the tree, he cajoled her and ultimately she made the decision to disregard God, embrace the sin of disobedience and then tried to hide behind a leaf that God created.
Jesus, when tempted by Satan told him twice (once through Peter), “Get thee behind me satan”. That should always be our response. Instead of putting on a fig leaf you should:
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Eph. 6:11).
And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh (Rom. 13:11-14).
Have a blessed week!