I have three small children.
This means many things…
One thing it means is that there is a large amount of nudity in our home. For whatever reason, kids hate clothes. One minute they’re playing quietly and fully clothed, the next minute they’re running wild and free, doing the no pants dance.
Kids don’t seem to understand that there’s something shameful about being naked in public. They walk out of the bathroom with their pants down around their ankles and think nothing of the 15 adults previously enjoying a nudity free evening. They take their clothes off at the park because they got sand in their shoe. And they have no qualms about sliding their naked bottoms across an old hardwood deck in the backyard.
They have no shame… In a good way. The lack of shame they display is a glimpse of Genesis 2:25:
And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
Genesis 3 teaches us that shame is the result of sin. When Adam and Eve ate the fruit, they became disgusted with their own nakedness, not just physically, but spiritually as well. What they saw when they looked at each other’s bodies was the direct effect of sin’s power to immediately distort our perception of reality. They had not suddenly become physically ugly. They were still more perfect and beautiful than any human we have ever seen. The problem was that they couldn’t see straight anymore.
Children don’t care if they’re naked because they don’t know sin the way adults do. This transition takes years in children, but for Adam and Eve, it happened instantaneously. They moved from innocent to guilty in a heartbeat, and the results were devastating. Their nakedness caused them to hide from God. They tried to cover themselves up with fig leaves, and when God came looking for them, they tried to cover up with blame shifting.
But all our efforts to cover our own sin are not enough. God made clothing from animal skins to cover Adam and Eve, the first sacrifice for sin carried out by God Himself. Genesis 3:21:
And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.
The Bible Eaters reading plan has me in both Old and New Testament each day, so as I read about the disastrous results of original sin, I read about a baby born to die, the beginning of the final sacrifice for sin. And just like the first, this final sacrifice was carried out by God. In the Gospel God provided a complete atonement for sin, instead of an animal slain to cover our skin, it was God’s only Son slain to conquer our sins.
Both sacrifices, first and last, display what the Jesus Storybook Bible calls God’s “Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.”