A Good Father
Here are some verses from Genesis for us to think about concerning the next part of the story…
Before the fall:
25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
After the fall:
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
After this came a difficult conversation. God would have known what Adam and Eve had done, but He wanted to hear it from them, in their words. After this, God lays out the consequences of their actions before them. It all seems very severe when you read those particular verses on their own. However one verse jumps out from the otherwise uncomfortable story:
21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.
God’s reaction to His creation is more than we can understand or reason with, but what I see here is a loving Father, who has been disobeyed at the expense of His children’s long term wellbeing. God knew what would happen if Adam and Eve ate the fruit, that is why He specifically asked them not to. Their future would look completely different, bringing about an existing knowledge of good, but also one of lies, deceit, abuse – evil. God didn’t want this for them, but behind the disappointment and initial anger, is the Father. A Father who cares and provides for His children.
Lots of people, lots of times, including me, choose to see the anger in this story. I’m choosing now to see the bigger picture. One of love, a Father that has a solution to the pain. The solution comes in time, through trust, a change in our view of ourselves (because that is what caused Adam and Eve to hide) and a belief that God is Good.