When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. (Genesis 3:6-7 NIV)
Before they hid from God, they sought to cover themselves.
Eating the bad fruit had huge repercussions for how humanity related with each other. Even before God said anything to them, the division between man and woman was evident. That desire to cover up would only be exacerbated over time. Not only was there a desire to cover the naked body in the physical, there was a great desire not to be exposed at all for who we are beyond the surface. We got clever at hiding behind various covers. Every layer as well as stopping others seeing us for who we are, disconnected us from each other. The knowledge we so desired that immersed us in the self life, detached us from the relational life we were created for.
The best way to ruin the path to fruitfulness was to insert division and a desire to avoid each other in true and pure intimacy. Now beautiful, deep and honest relationships are highly desired just for how rare they are. In as much as they are desired, it’s difficult to pursue because of the cost of vulnerability involved.
Therefore a crucial aspect of the mission of Jesus was reconciliation. Getting back to God meant returning to the source for fruitfulness as it was meant to be. Fruitfulness through relationships that pressed into intimacy without any need for a cover up. Intimacy that is free to knowing and being known in truth without fear and without shame.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden