Genesis 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.
Their nakedness was the same before and after their fateful choice. Only their shame was new. They instinctively felt it as we all do when we betray a loved one’s trust. The fruit was not magical or poisonous–it was their rebellion, not the fruit itself, that tore a hole in their heart. Their eyes were opened to their real dependence, vulnerability and weakness and how easily they could turn from God. Like flowers cut from the stem, they gained their freedom from God at the cost of life itself.
Discovering the dark truth about ourselves is often a shock. In shame we cover up to hide our defects and faults. We are far more advanced than Adam and Eve in our strategies, having honed a thousand ways to disguise our shortcomings, even from ourselves. We are master makeup artists. But all of our efforts only push us farther from God and others and our true hearts. Life is found in the light, in being exposed, not in the dark of denial as we shuffle from one hiding place to another.
We fear exposure. We know the harsh edge of the law has no mercy for offenders. Adam and Eve had no experience of God’s mercy or grace. Their conscience came to life at their first sin, stinging them with a guilt they could not remedy, and in fear they hid. But God does not let us hide. He comes looking for us, pulling back the curtains to lovingly expose our faults, bringing them into the open where they can be healed. He is a stubborn, insistent lover, and no sin of ours can turn him back.