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“And they sewed fig-leaves together and made themselves aprons. 14 And they heard the voice of the Lord God, as they were walking in the garden, in the cool of the day; and Adam and his wife went to hide themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
And so we take fig-leaves, the things of this world and we try to cover up. We hide out. Fig leaves can be drugs, alcohol, power, money, position, occupation, sexuality, isolation, constant chatter, obesity, whatever.... But we don’t let anyone see us for who we are. The problem with fig-leaves is that they’re not too big and they wilt—so you have to have a lot of them and you have to go back for another and another, and a bigger one is preferable if possible; and if your fig-leaf of preference is alcohol, for example, you’ll need two drinks instead of one and then three, and so this constant search for the things of the world to hide behind is at the root of all addictions and many compulsions in our lives. But God is a Good Shepherd and He calls us again and again and again—until we come out:
15 And I, the Lord God, called unto Adam, and said unto him: Where goest thou? 16 And he said: I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I beheld that I was naked, and I hid myself. 17 And I, the Lord God, said unto Adam: Who told thee thou wast naked?
And finally we come out, and God says in effect, “What’s wrong? Why are you hiding?” and we say, “I was afraid because I was dumb, or fat, or addicted, or something; and I
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thought you wouldn’t accept me.” And He says, “Who told you you were naked or fat or dumb, and what makes you think that that bothers me so much. I made you naked.” Now, that’s more than God says in the scripture, a bit of a personal midrash, but I think it’s a reasonable extrapolation.
Unto Adam, and also unto his wife, did I, the Lord God, make coats of skins, and clothed them. (Moses 4:27)
So God addressed Adam and Eve’s concern about their nakedness or shame at being in the presence of God by clothing them with skins. This covering is in sharp distinction to their previous choice of leaves. Skins are more permanent, they cover better, and they’re certainly warmer and more comfortable; but there’s an issue with skins that isn’t there with leaves. To obtain the skins something must die—blood must be shed.”
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