Deeper & Darker: Your True Self

Here is the devotional:

In the last verse of Genesis 2, we get a glimpse of the world as it would be like without sin: “And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.” They were fully exposed and fully loved.

This is paradise.

Contrast that with the inauguration of sin, which results in Adam and Eve feeling naked and afraid, scampering to find anything to cover themselves. Because of sin, we feel we can no longer be both known and loved.

So Adam and Eve look to fig leaves to cover their nakedness. Feeling they must decide between being known or loved, they opt to be accepted and cover their shame.

It’s common to do the same thing—we hold up something to show the world we are worthy of acceptance. Our fig leaves could be a goofy sense of humor, or it could be serious demeanor. Our fig leaves could really be anything that we think would garner the acceptance we crave.

Walt Muller says, “Social media is a fitting room to fabricate, curate, and promote an identity to be liked.”

If Paradise is to be fully known and fully loved, then it’s possible for our fig leaves to bring all kind of acclaim, and still leave us feeling empty. Even if we can impress others, deep down we know we’re not worthy.

God knew our fig leaves would be insufficient, so he provides a better covering for us.

In the Garden, an animal dies so that Adam and Eve can have their guilt covered by animal skins. Today we stand exposed before God, but he accepts us because Jesus has cleansed us from our sin and clothed us in his perfect righteousness.

We don’t need to work to hold up boasts as fig leaves for the world to see. We can admit who we are and rest in the finished work of Jesus on our behalf. If we boast, let’s boast in Christ, our better fig leaf.

Here are the verses referenced:

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee,

saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
Genesis 3:7‭-‬21 KJV

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
Isaiah 61:10 KJV

Here are Stu’s thoughts:

I never thought about the covering for guilt before. There’s a unique view point🤔

But I am very familiar with being clothed in righteousness thanks to Jesus.

I thought they were going to go on a different tangent but this one is good.

I know I have worn a lot of fig leaves in the course of my life to be accepted. I call them masks and each of us have different ones for different people and circumstances.

Heck some of us are like children that change clothes every ten minutes!

I still can’t get over the blame game in the beginning. Adam blames the woman and the woman blames the devil.

You know we still do that to justify some of our actions! Why?

Is it easier to blame someone else than to take responsibility for our own actions?

For the longest time I blamed my dad for just about everything. The porn, the sexual sin, the alcohol and even a failing marriage.

Yes, the magazine was in his closet. But I made the choice to open it up.

True, I had no godly example on how to be a husband or a father. I was winging it the best I could.

But guess what? My dad wasn’t shown how to be either of those things either😭

But once I rededicated my life I learned how and am still learning. I learned from mistakes as well as added mentors into my life.

But let me get back on point…

Adam and Eve were naked and unashamed to be in the presence of God or each other! Picture perfect!

Then sin enters the perfect picture and now it is flawed.

That is until JESUS!

The Trinity loves us and knows us better than anyone else…period!

We are accepted by God through Jesus and placed eternity in our hearts. If sin enters ask for forgiveness. But even with the sin God still loves you because of Jesus!

See a theme going…yeah me too. JESUS.

Adam and Eve walked with God…the relational God. They were created to have that relationship with God and be naked and unashamed.

We were created to have that same relationship with God but sin kept us in check.

Sin made us feel unworthy of love from God and probably most people.

Oh BUT Jesus.

Once you accept Him as Savior and have that forgiveness wash over you…you realize that the real you, flaws, masks and all is deeply loved and cherished.

And guess what? It never diminishes!

So go ahead and stand naked (figuratively) and unashamed in front of everyone. Be YOU! And allow God to go before you in all!

5 thoughts on “Deeper & Darker: Your True Self”

  1. I, too, thought it an interesting perspective that we prefer to be loved over being known. Sin does that – makes us feel as though we must choose.
    In marriage, it is equally, vitally important for both.
    Great gospel message, Stu!

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