God made us for life. His very own divine life. But we chose death. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve chose the Tree of Knowledge and its death over the Tree of Life and its promise of supernatural eternal life. In choosing the Tree of Knowledge Adam and eve rejected God as good. They did, in actuality, gain knowledge, the knowledge of good and evil, but this knowledge immediately revealed their own sinfulness.
Genesis 3:7. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked.
Their eyes were opened.
Opened to what? To sin. When Adam and Eve sinned, their eyes were opened to the force of sin that they had just released onto the world.
You see sin is a real thing. Sin is not just an imaginary concept. It is not only a social construct. It is not just the internal battle between the Id and the Superego. It is an actual reality that is released on the world with rippling effects. It is something that must be carried and absorbed. Carrying our own sin is what we call dying (and someone else carrying our sin is what we call forgiveness). Sin doesn’t just go away. It cannot be ignored. And the only way it can be dealt with is to deal with it’s consequence- death.
And just as God predicted, Adam and Eve immediately began dying. The signs of death become evident right before our eyes, on the pages of Genesis 3.
Genesis 3:7. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
Shame. Before sin Adam and Eve were naked an unashamed. Now they are naked and ashamed. They no longer see each other as safe. And they don’t see God as safe. They have failed both God and each other. They can feel the reality of sin. It will actually hurt God. God will now suffer because of their act. And that is shameful.
Genesis 3:8. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
Hiding. Adam and Eve try to hide from God. This is a clear sign of spiritual death- a fear of the presence of God.
Genesis 3;12. The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”
Blame. Rather than carry the sin themselves, they will need to offload it to someone else. Adam targets Eve, and Eve will target the Serpent.
Do you see these signs of death and dying in your own life? Where do you see shame, hiding from God, and blame? Are you dying or living? Are you imaging God or is that likeness blurred by shame? Are you running to him or running from him? Are you confronting your sin or blaming others? Most importantly, have you allowed Christ to carry your sin and destroy its consequence of death? Have you received his life?
To live is Christ. Without him, we will slowly carry our sin to our grave.