Genesis 3: Eyes wide-open

Vitruvian man, by Da Vinci
Vitruvian man, by Da Vinci

“Their eyes were opened, and they saw that they were naked.”  What happened here?  Why didn’t they know they were naked before?  I propose it is because they were “cloaked” with divine light as a result of their daily communion with God.  Remember when Moses returned from Mount Sinai with the tablets, how his face glowed so brightly that no one could look upon him?  Adam and even walked with God every evening.  Daily they absorbed His holy light, and as a result, I think their bodies were radiant, literally “clothed” in light.  The moment they sinned, that holy light went out, revealing their nakedness.  They hid from God, because they could see that the light was gone.  It was not so much their anatomy as their darkness that made them ashamed.  Their eyes were “opened” to evil and darkness.  They could suddenly conceive dark thoughts—lust, envy, greed, hatred, jealousy, selfishness.  Think how immediately Adam turned on Eve, the companion and lover he adored, and blamed her for his sin.  The serpent’s lie, “Your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil,” contained a sliver of truth. They were nothing like God after they fell, but they did “know…evil”.  They had always known good, because they knew God.  Evil, His polar opposite, was a new concept and unfortunately the only promise that Satan delivered.  The ability to conceive dark, unholy thoughts, to rebel against the Creator, is the poison that came with that forbidden fruit, and it did indeed bring death.  The hope I find here however is that we can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and in His eyes, we are once again clothed with the light of Christ’s righteousness.  We can’t see it yet, but one day, we will.

Reading: Genesis 3