When you read through Genesis 1–2 for the first time, the final verse of these chapters might seem rather odd. Adam and Eve were naked and unashamed. Why would God include that detail—one that is prone to make us blush?
We find the answer seven verses later. After Adam and Eve sinned, their eyes were opened and they knew they were both naked, so in shame, they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. These two verses work together, as bookends to the first sin. The first verse shows God’s intention for Adam and Eve. They were to enjoy complete intimacy and acceptance of one another in marriage. There were no barriers between them. The second verse shows sin’s immediate and devastating consequences. What God had intended for Adam and Eve to enjoy was lost. Intimacy and acceptance gave way to barriers and shame.
Our blushing reminds us of what was lost. Just reading of Adam and Eve’s nakedness makes us uncomfortable. Deep down, when we read Genesis 2:25, we feel what the first couple didn’t feel in that moment—shame—revealing how deeply sin has affected us. And just like Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:7, we do all we can to cover our shame from one another and from God.
How do you try to hide your sin from God and others?