a. They realized they were naked
b. They hid because they were afraid because they realized they were naked
a. The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it — Absolutely not
The serpent deceived me, and I ate.
Adam and Eve – all of mankind bears the responsibility to this day, outside of the saving act of Jesus, who bore that responsibility on the cross for those who believe.
Sin changes my perspective, as it did theirs. I’m also convicted by their denial of responsibility because I do that as well.
My Daily Journal:
Sin changes our perspective. It changes not only what we see but also how we see it. The verse says, “then the eyes of both of them were opened.” We tend to assign positive traits to open eyes, but that is only accurate in positive situations. Open eyes around a welding torch results in permanent loss of vision. Open eyes in a sand or dust storm results in pain and suffering. Strongs dictionary explains that one use of the word open that appears in this verse is “to enable to see things, which otherwise are hidden from the eyes of mortals.” There are things we are not supposed to see, things that are better that we don’t see and things that we will only see in heaven. Having our eyes shielded in not a bad thing, any more than sunglasses or safety goggles are bad things. Because, as we see from Adam and Eve having our eyes open when our focus is not on God streams in things that fill our heart with fear.
This brings up my other observation about perspective. Because of their ability to see shame and nakedness and fear, that is where their eyes and heart went. In the process, they missed out on the amazing beauty hidden in these verses. Take out all of the stuff about sin, nakedness, shame, fear, and blame from these verses and what you are left with is the following: “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”” Can you even picture the beauty of that scene? But it was totally missed.
Finally, a nugget that I didn’t realize before, but that I think will help with day 5 of our lesson this week. In verse 7 it says, Then the eyes of both of them were opened. I didn’t recognize, before, that this came onto them simultaneously.