As the Triune Presence of God culminated the creation with the assignment of regents to subdue the Earth, endued with power and privilege to be fruitful and multiply, God established order for creation, as well as His regents. God told Adam and Eve that they could partake in every area of the paradise called Eden, but of the tree in the midst of the garden they could not partake under penalty of death.
The Word of God says that they were naked and not ashamed. After the beguiling of the serpent they experienced a paradigm shift that caused them to question the trustworthiness of God, the overall character of God, and thus the Love of God. To think that the Creator of all they had come to know as good; that the one who had the power and authority to give them dominion and power to subdue the creation of God, could be trusted less than a serpent seems unthinkable.
Yet they partook of the fruit of that tree and encountered the catastrophic aftershock of their actions - the penalty of death.
- Their eyes were opened. Opened to what? Open to their transport from life to death, from spirituality to carnality, to separation from God - the Life-giving Source of all that is!
- They realized they were naked. They perceived that they were naked - meaning they no longer experienced the covering of God. They always had skin, but now they were separated from God, and had lost their spiritual connection and thus their spiritual covering!
- They were ashamed of their nakedness. They felt shamed and vulnerable without the covering of God.
- As a result of their shame, they attempted to cover what they had become; cover what resulted from their disobedience; cover what they allowed to come between them and the Loving, Wise, Counsel of God - themselves!
- Not only did they attempt to cover themselves, they attempted to hide themselves from the one who they were now separated from. When the heard God coming through the garden in the cool of the day, they hid from God's presence.
Have you not said yes to God, who loved you so much that God's Love was expressed to you and because of you? While you were yet sinning and rejecting Love, Love was dying for you. Yet Love made a way for Loving Power to fill you, and enable you to walk in a manner worthy of Love!
And the remaining question on the table is: If God came down your aisle today, and yes God is coming, would God have to ask: "Where Are You?"
For His Glory,
Pastor Emery B. Barber