Focus    on Purpose
Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

The Day Clothing

was Invented

“Then the eyes of both of them were

opened, and they knew that they were

naked; and they sewed fig leaves together

and made themselves coverings.”

(Genesis 3:7 -

NKJV)

Why was Clothing Invented?

Why Was There a Sudden Need for Clothing? Why was nakedness a problem when clothing was an unknown concept before this time, and there was no one else around anyway? Why did Adam and Eve suddenly become aware of being naked when they had lived this way for decades without the concept of nakedness ever entering their minds? The Hebrew word used for ‘knew’ in Genesis 3:7 is the word ‘yada’ which speaks of an experiential knowing. This Hebrew word is also in the Imperfect tense, which “adds colour and movement by suggesting the ‘process’ preliminary to the completion. (Blue Letter Bible) So Genesis 3:7 could be translated : The eyes of both of them were opened, and they began to experience that they were naked… What was God's Response to this New Experience? God's first response to Adam's new awareness was, "Who told you that you were naked?"  (Genesis 3:11) Some people take this question and teach that the first thing that happened after eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, was that Satan brought a sense of shame. Perhaps. Satan certainly does tempt us to sin and then stands as our accuser; he is known as "The Accuser." But taunting Adam and Eve about being naked is not accusing them, and bear in mind that nakedness and clothing had not even been a concept until that time. Accusing or taunting them about nakedness would have been the equivalent of accusing or taunting them of having a nose! Or is it? What was the Issue about Nakedness? Strong's Concordance defines the root of the Hebrew word for 'Naked' as meaning, "to be (or make) bare; but used only in the derivative sense ... to be cunning (usually in a bad sense):— … take crafty (counsel), be prudent, deal subtly."  Brown-Driver-Briggs defines it as being shrewd, or crafty. In Hebrew, words that are spelt the same, speak of different aspects of the same concept, So what does being shrewd, crafty, cunning, subtle, or even prudent, have to do with nakedness? Rabbi Daniel Lapin says that when they ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, "...Adam and Eve lost their innocence and acquired erotic awareness..." ("Thought Tools Volume 1 : Fifty Timeless Truths to Uplift and Inspire,") Suddenly there was a change in the way they looked at each other; now their focus was not purely on their love for one another, but on a desire to use the other for self gratification. Girls, how do you feel when you talk to a man whose eyes continually drop below your neckline? You know he is not admiring your blouse or jewellery! You are uncomfortable aren't you? Our eyes communicate what is in our heart… What Happened? Love turned inward. The awakening of erotic awareness points to personal pleasure and desire starting to become a governing frame of perspective; the beginning of sensuality and lust. Though Adam and Eve cover themselves with the fig leaves, they still feel the need to hide from God, why? If the change in their hearts was so obvious to one another, how much more so, is it to God? Adam hid from God because he was not only aware of his physical exposure, which he attempted to cover, but also the nakedness of his heart before God, for which he could do nothing, despite his trying to hide from God's Presence. Why are They Afraid of the One Who Loves Them? Why this need to cover up and hide? Adam and Eve had enjoyed many years living in an environment of beauty, love, joy, and peace. Yes, they messed up and made some stupid choices, but why are they now so afraid of the One who is the Source of love? God said they would die if they ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil; He did not say He would kill them. So why did they hide from Him rather than run to Him for help and forgiveness? What was the Fundamental Change Initiated by Sin? I believe Paul lays his finger on this as he writes to Titus : ‘To the pure, all things are (indeed, or truly) pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving (without trust), nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.’ (Titus 1:15 - Brackets added) Thayers Lexicon says that the Greek word for pure means to be "free from corrupt desire, from sin and guilt; free from every admixture of what is false; sincere, genuine; blameless, innocent; unstained with the guilt of anything." Chaim Bentorah teaches that the Hebrew equivalent of the Aramaic word for pure, speaks of a field ready for planting. Do you not love this definition of purity? A field ready for planting; the soil has been turned and is ready to receive life-containing seeds and the drenching rain of Holy Spirit? Strong's Concordance says that the Geek word for defiled means, “to dye with another colour, to stain; to defile, pollute, sully, contaminate, soil."  What is Original Sin? Adam and Eve's decision to disobey God and eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, resulted in their mind and conscience becoming corrupt - something like when a computer virus corrupts a computer.  This corruption now passes on from generation to generation, just as one infected computer infects another. This was the beginning of the death process. Freedom Lost. The beginning of the death process was the loss of true freedom. A corrupt mind distorts every perception. Once the mind is corrupt the person is a slave and prisoner to that corruption and you cannot correct a corrupt mind with a corrupt mind. You need the intervention of an untainted outside source, but the corruption in your mind keeps you from trusting the outside source and binds you tightly within your prison of corruption. This is the power of sin. Love Covers Solomon tells us that “love covers all transgressions” (Prov 10:12) , and Peter tells us that “love covers a multitude of sins.”  (1 Peter 4:8) God demonstrates this so clearly as He replaces Adam and Eve’s inadequate and very uncomfortable attempt at clothing with durable, soft, leather. But animals had to die that their hide may be used, and God demonstrates in this what is yet to come, when His Son will lay down His life that our sin may be completely covered for all eternity - if we believe and trust in Him. Not only did He die, but He rose again as the Source of life, and now offers new life to those who want it. This new life includes being given a new heart - that is a new mind. As you allow yourself to be transformed as you allow Holy Spirit to renew your mind, you will begin to walk in greater and greater freedom. A freedom that is refreshingly free, wholesome, and life-giving. The covering that Jesus provided, brings us back to a place of innocence and purity before God. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Rom 12:2)
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© Focus On Purpose July 2017

The Day Clothing

was Invented

“Then the eyes of both of them were

opened, and they knew that they

were naked; and they sewed fig

leaves together and made themselves

coverings.”

(Genesis 3:7 -NKJV)

Why was Clothing Invented?

Why Was There a Sudden Need for Clothing? Why was nakedness a problem when clothing was an unknown concept before this time, and there was no one else around anyway? Why did Adam and Eve suddenly become aware of being naked when they had lived this way for decades without the concept of nakedness ever entering their minds? The Hebrew word used for ‘knew’ in Genesis 3:7 is the word ‘yada’ which speaks of an experiential knowing. This Hebrew word is also in the Imperfect tense, which “adds colour and movement by suggesting the ‘process’ preliminary to the completion. (Blue Letter Bible) So Genesis 3:7 could be translated : The eyes of both of them were opened, and they began to experience that they were naked… What was God's Response to this New Experience? God's first response to Adam's new awareness was, "Who told you that you were naked?"  (Genesis 3:11) Some people take this question and teach that the first thing that happened after eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, was that Satan brought a sense of shame. Perhaps. Satan certainly does tempt us to sin and then stands as our accuser; he is known as "The Accuser." But taunting Adam and Eve about being naked is not accusing them, and bear in mind that nakedness and clothing had not even been a concept until that time. Accusing or taunting them about nakedness would have been the equivalent of accusing or taunting them of having a nose! Or is it? What was the Issue about Nakedness? Strong's Concordance defines the root of the Hebrew word for 'Naked' as meaning, "to be (or make) bare; but used only in the derivative sense ... to be cunning (usually in a bad sense):— … take crafty (counsel), be prudent, deal subtly."  Brown- Driver-Briggs defines it as being shrewd, or crafty. In Hebrew, words that are spelt the same, speak of different aspects of the same concept, So what does being shrewd, crafty, cunning, subtle, or even prudent, have to do with nakedness? Rabbi Daniel Lapin says that when they ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, "...Adam and Eve lost their innocence and acquired erotic awareness..." ("Thought Tools Volume 1 : Fifty Timeless Truths to Uplift and Inspire,") Suddenly there was a change in the way they looked at each other; now their focus was not purely on their love for one another, but on a desire to use the other for self gratification. Girls, how do you feel when you talk to a man whose eyes continually drop below your neckline? You know he is not admiring your blouse or jewellery! You are uncomfortable aren't you? Our eyes communicate what is in our heart… What Happened? Love turned inward. The awakening of erotic awareness points to personal pleasure and desire starting to become a governing frame of perspective; the beginning of sensuality and lust. Though Adam and Eve cover themselves with the fig leaves, they still feel the need to hide from God, why? If the change in their hearts was so obvious to one another, how much more so, is it to God? Adam hid from God because he was not only aware of his physical exposure, which he attempted to cover, but also the nakedness of his heart before God, for which he could do nothing, despite his trying to hide from God's Presence. Why are They Afraid of the One Who Loves Them? Why this need to cover up and hide? Adam and Eve had enjoyed many years living in an environment of beauty, love, joy, and peace. Yes, they messed up and made some stupid choices, but why are they now so afraid of the One who is the Source of love? God said they would die if they ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil; He did not say He would kill them. So why did they hide from Him rather than run to Him for help and forgiveness? What was the Fundamental Change Initiated by Sin? I believe Paul lays his finger on this as he writes to Titus : ‘To the pure, all things are (indeed, or truly) pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving (without trust), nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.’ (Titus 1:15 - Brackets added) Thayers Lexicon says that the Greek word for pure  means to be "free from corrupt desire, from sin and guilt; free from every admixture of what is false; sincere, genuine; blameless, innocent; unstained with the guilt of anything." Chaim Bentorah teaches that the Hebrew equivalent of the Aramaic word for pure, speaks of a field ready for planting. Do you not love this definition of purity? A field ready for planting; the soil has been turned and is ready to receive life-containing seeds and the drenching rain of Holy Spirit? Strong's Concordance says that the Geek word for defiled means, “to dye with another colour, to stain; to defile, pollute, sully, contaminate, soil."  What is Original Sin? Adam and Eve's decision to disobey God and eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, resulted in their mind and conscience becoming corrupt - something like when a computer virus corrupts a computer.  This corruption now passes on from generation to generation, just as one infected computer infects another. This was the beginning of the death process. Freedom Lost. The beginning of the death process was the loss of true freedom. A corrupt mind distorts every perception. Once the mind is corrupt the person is a slave and prisoner to that corruption and you cannot correct a corrupt mind with a corrupt mind. You need the intervention of an untainted outside source, but the corruption in your mind keeps you from trusting the outside source and binds you tightly within your prison of corruption. This is the power of sin. Love Covers Solomon tells us that “love covers all transgressions” (Prov 10:12) , and Peter tells us that “love covers a multitude of sins.”  (1 Peter 4:8) God demonstrates this so clearly as He replaces Adam and Eve’s inadequate and very uncomfortable attempt at clothing with durable, soft, leather. But animals had to die that their hide may be used, and God demonstrates in this what is yet to come, when His Son will lay down His life that our sin may be completely covered for all eternity - if we believe and trust in Him. Not only did He die, but He rose again as the Source of life, and now offers new life to those who want it. This new life includes being given a new heart - that is a new mind. As you allow yourself to be transformed as you allow Holy Spirit to renew your mind, you will begin to walk in greater and greater freedom. A freedom that is refreshingly free, wholesome, and life-giving. The covering that Jesus provided, brings us back to a place of innocence and purity before God. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Rom 12:2)
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