Continuing from the previous post, I wanted to emphasize a couple of things.
God not only corrected the junk of the man and the woman, but he also reframed the larger picture of the situation before Adam and Eve in accordance with the truth, with the fullness of reality.
Why is this important?
Well, Genesis 3:7 gives us a clue.
Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.Genesis 3:7
So, why is this important? Well that word there for “loincloths”, חֲגֹרֹת, which is really well-translated, can be understood not as “aprons” or “garments” but most nearly as “belts”. “Loincloths” that cover the loins would be the best fit here, because “belt” does not fully or accurately portray what is being talked about here. We are talking about something that covers the waist here.
And in Ephesians 6, Paul tells us to cover our loins with truth.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt (“the protective piece that covers your loins” is a more accurate way of rendering this. “Lionpiece”) of truth…From Ephesians 6:13-14
Do you see the connection here?
This is why the reframing in accordance with the truth is so critical. They were believing that they could fix their problem with a patch of fig leaves. And God wanted them, and us by extension, to walk in truth, the light, which is what really protects our body and our spiritually vital organs. Namely, those organs that cause us to unite spiritually with others.
Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.”1 Cor 6:16 ESV
Gang, we need him to provide us with the protection we need, because we can’t do this thing called flourishing in the spirit realm out of our own strength. We must seek him and lean on him in order to make this thing work.
When we are caught up or overtaken in a mess, we need the truth as a plum line so that we can own what is our an no more than that, and then ask Father to show us how to fix the mess. He really does want to help us, and He is really against His enemy, who is also our enemy, that clownish serpent.
My encouragement to you is to run to Him.