Our Genesis study keeps making its way into these posts. But it’s a bit like a real rich dessert after a great meal, you just can’t put the fork down! God made a perfect home for Man. When man messed it up by disobeying, some interesting things happened. The one I have in mind is being naked!
God made Adam and Eve and they were naked and unashamed. The day that changed begs a couple of questions. Their bodies were the same the day before they sinned as they were the moment after they sinned. What made them see themselves differently? I knew that part of the Genesis account, but hadn’t thought about it critically until I began studying to teach Genesis in our Pastor Training School.
One of my favorite writers is Dr. John Phillips. We were blessed to know him and spend some tme with him. On this subject, he wrote: ‘Before the Fall, Adam and Eve were probably clothed with light, because God covers Himself with light as a garment (Psalm 104:2) and because the Lord Jesus, in His transfiguration, was similarly arrayed (Mark 9:2-3). The moment they sinned, Adam and Eve saw the light go out. The death of the spirit within them caused the light to be extinguished and, suddenly, the physical side of their being was thrust into a prominence it had never had before. They knew they were naked.’
Dr. Phillip’s idea gains more credibility when we remember the appearances of heavenly beings in the Scriptures. Many are described in terms of radiance or appearance like lightning or blinding presence. Perhaps those terms describe garments of light. Whatever the case, Adam and Eve saw themselves in a way they never had. Oddly, this is just another reason to join in what God is doing! What’s He doing?
Since the moment Dr. Phillips described as ‘the light going out,’ God has been at work to let Man return home to Paradise. Scripture begins and ends in Paradise. In between, God is working to make possible Man’s trip home. Will we be clothed with light? I don’t know. I’m looking forward to finding out. And the really cool part is, I am not supposed to find out by myself. Neither are you. Everything we learn in Genesis is another reason to join God in telling everyone there is a way home!