08.3 What’s the Bible All About… naked


God then asks a simple question of them: Who told you that you were naked.

There is no verbal response or answer given. I imagine, that the only thing that took place was that awkward and blank stare that parents receive from their children upon asking them who left all the lights on in the house.

Their was no answer needed, because in Adam’s heart, he was already experiencing the answer to the question. You see… it was Adam who told Adam that he was naked.

The shame that Adam was experiencing for partaking in more than what was needed created a gap in how Adam saw himself.

Shame had caused a separation to be experienced within his being… one that caused him to hide behind the covering of clothing and the foliage of the garden. This was the first time that Adam and Eve felt that they were not enough, and something more was needed than what they had already been given.

The situation spirals as Adams response to having to confront his own shame leads to deflection and justification of his actions as he basically says that it was God who had decided that all he had was not good until ‘she’ came along. It was God’s fault for disrupting Adams bachelor life in the garden with all the plants and animals. It was God’s who had decided to create Eve…

And it was in that moment, with finger pointed to Eve, that I can see Adam turning his head towards her and catching her eye for the first time since letting his shame take control of his tongue, that he saw that she too now felt his shame against her…

Before these few critical moments in the human story, all that was understood was a deep, close intimacy with nothing between man and woman. This reality which none of us have experienced in this life, gave way to a new ‘knowing’… if you will… as they now understood something that we know all to well… separation.

It is being in the same bed with someone, and feeling as if you are universes apart.

It is words articulated clearly that fall on deaf ears.

It is giving the best of what you have, only to discover that it doesn’t seem to be what they need.

Separation… birthed from our response to the shame of not being content with who we are and what we have that is what we must deal with every day as we seek to get back to a lost innocence, and a life that we know could be much simpler than all that we have created it to be.


08.2 What’s the Bible All About… intimacy


Up to the point where we discover that Adam’s ‘aloneness’ was the final act of creation that needed to be completed, he found himself in pure relationship with his Creator, himself, and with nature. Nothing was lacking in these areas, and there was no room for sorrow or pain or fear. This is already a foreign concept to us as as we look at the world around us… or in the mirror… or to the heavens for true natural connection. Be that as it is… God decided to gift Adam with another person that he would be able to experience life to the fullest with. Enter… Eve.

Being that the condition of the human heart at the beginning of Adam and Eve’s relationship was pure, we can only imagine that the first time that he laid eyes on her, that his heart was flooded with emotions and passions that burned hot. Imagine for a moment what it was like the first time Adam drew close to her with an unguarded heart… the first time he felt her breath. The first time he touched her skin. The first time that… he ‘knew’ her.

The Bible often times uses the phrase, ‘person A knew person B’ as a way to say that they had sexual relations. This is true. But as I explained above, the idea of ‘knowing’ … of ‘yada’ covers the whole landscape of human experience. We can be confident in the fact that when Adam ‘knew’ Eve, it was at the most intimate and unguarded of places within the human heart. Again… while we long for this type of relationship… truth is… we haven’t experienced in the same way that they did. We have too much baggage in our hearts.

So… what happened?

The story goes, that God basically said to Adam and Eve… “Here it is… here you are… Here I am… enjoy!” Only area to be mindful of was a tree in the middle of the garden that they needed to avoid. And…

They didn’t.

The choice was made to choose more than they were given, to leave contentment behind… and in a blink of an eye, there eyes were opened to what they left behind… and all of the sudden the reality of shame entered into the picture.

Shame is that part of life that trips up our contentment with who we are. No more… no less suddenly becomes, what I have isn’t enough.

Adam and Eve bought into the lie that who they are… and what they have… isn’t enough. It changed their life… and the lives of all who followed forever.

Their eyes were opened to their nakedness. They were exposed. We don’t like being exposed. In that moment, they needed to run to their creator for healing… instead, they hid at the sound of His approach.

The lesson that we need to draw from the early story of Adam and Eve’s fall in the garden is that intimacy was lost… and every person born since has felt the void that was left in it’s wake.  In fact, every story in the Scriptures following Genesis 3 ties back to this event as we humans have not been able to get back to the innocence of the garden.

In the beginning, Adam and Eve experienced a perfect intimacy with their creator, their self, each other, and the world around them.  They experienced life in a way that you and I have never experienced… and yet it calls to us as an echo in our soul.

After the fall, what Adam and Eve experienced is much more familiar to us.  Intimacy was lost as the ultimate reality… and in its place, separation became the norm.  Separation from their creator, from themselves, from each other, and from the world around them.  Despite how strong we think that we are, to this day separation is the easiest part of life to feed and to maintain.  It takes very little for two people in the same room to feel universes apart.  It takes very little for someone looking in the mirror to feel as if they are not enough.  It takes very little for someone sitting amidst a house full of belongings to feel as if they still don’t have everything that they need.

When we read in the Scriptures, before the fall, that Adam knew Eve… we can understand that in a time when there was no separation, that every part of that relationship was deep and that understanding and belonging was the norm.

Adam knew Eve.

Eve knew Adam.

Adam and Eve knew their God.

Adam and Eve knew who they were.

Adam and Eve knew the world around them.

Nothing was missing, or lacking.  Heaven was experienced in the day to day of life.

It was the given into temptation of discontentment to know more than what they had been given that all of the sudden put them in a place where purity and innocence was lost.

Pure knowing… or pure intimacy was no longer enough, because a hunger for more and more needed to be satisfied.

Discontentment and separation created a sense of shame as they could no longer stand in their nakedness.  Deflection and blame followed in the story followed.  And within one generation we see jealousy and violence taking hold of the human heart… and ever since then, humanity has been on a journey to satisfy this ever growing hunger for more of things that we do not need.

Shame is the one part of reality that must be examined if you are to begin to uproot that which keeps you from experiencing intimacy with yourself, others and the rest of the world. Feelings of shame will inhibit you from being able to live life from a place of simplicity because it will undermine your sense that who you are and what you have is more than enough.

In the story of Adam and Eve, we discover that after eating of the fruit that they were given guidance not to eat, and upon hearing God moving close by, the couples first response was simply to hide their nakedness… and hide their being. God calls out to them and inquires as to the reason that they hid. Adam’s reply was that they heard God coming and they hid… because they were naked.