The Gospel of God – Part 18

Once Adam and Eve had taken the fruit of the forbidden tree, their eyes were opened, just like Satan had told them they would be, and they had lost their innocence. They also became aware of their nakedness and tried to cover themselves up by sewing fig leaves together to make coverings.

It is likely that Adam and Eve were clothed with a garment of glory that surrounded them, resulting from being in the presence of the God of glory Himself. Paul alludes to such a garment when he refers to our natural physical bodies being ultimately clothed with a dwelling which is from heaven.

“For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

For in this we groan earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.
For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 2 Corinthians 5:1-4”.

When Jesus Christ was moving towards Calvary He went up to the mount of transfiguration where He was “transfigured”, “transformed” or “changed” before three amazed disciples. His whole being was altered, being described in many ways as the viewers sought to understand what they were seeing.

Matthew 17:1-9 uses these descriptions: “His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.”

Mark 9:3, Mark’s account reads like this: “His clothes become shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth could whiten them”.

Luke 9:29, Luke recalls: “the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening”.

There is also a glimpse in the Old Testament as the glory of God shone on the face of Moses as he spent days in the immediate presence of God.

2 Corinthians 3:7 “But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away”.

Perhaps these verses and words give us an insight into how Adam and Eve were clothed in their state of innocence, before they sinned; but also, what a terrible awareness of their nakedness they experienced as such a glory fell from them.

The best they could do was to cover their guilt. They sewed fig leaves together in an attempt to cover their shame, as described in verse 7.