“I ate it!”
Scripture reading for January 2nd: Genesis 3-5
Genesis 3:12 “The man said, “The woman you put here with me–she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”“ 1st John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
I remember in my early childhood taking my dad’s pocketknife from the stand by his favorite chair and carving. pictures on the bedroom door. It was great fun and I thought my sister liked the pictures. Dad and Mom were out doing chores on the farm and it was getting dark outside. I knew they would come in and slid Dad’s chair in front of the door to hide the ‘artwork’, but they caught on right away! When questioned, I initially tried to blame my younger sister. I soon reaped what I had so unwisely sown. Our free will can choose but consequences come!
As we read Genesis 3-5, we are introduced to the “serpent” who was “more crafty” than any of the animals that God had made. This “serpent” talked to the woman Eve, contradicting what God had told Adam and Eve. The “crafty” words appealed to her pride and planted a desire to know what God had forbidden. Eve was taken in and took the forbidden fruit. She gave it to her husband who in disobedience ate as well. They were suddenly aware of their nakedness and experienced shame. Instead of being unashamed in God’s presence, they covered themselves with a fig leaf! Intimacy with God was lost through disobedience.
God walked in the garden calling: “Adam, where are you?”(Genesis 3:9) When found, God (Who knows everything) asked them if they had eaten from the forbidden tree. God was drawing them to repentance and confession, but instead they blamed others. The way to restore true intimacy was to simply say: “I ate it!” Their fear destroyed intimacy with God and each other. In place of being naked and unashamed, their sin brought guilt, accusation, fig leaves and strife. Sin separates us from the One Who truly knows us and loves us and from those we are related to.
Have you ever done something you knew was wrong and tried to cover it up with a ‘fig leaf’? Have you blamed someone else or God? Do you find it difficult to admit doing wrong?