Who Told You?
Who are you listening to?
Who told you that you were naked?
God came into the garden, in the cool of the evening to spend some quality time with his two favorite people in the world (OK... the only 2). He calls Adam... Eve... but no answer.
Again He calls... Adam... Eve... no answer.
Adam... where are you... and from the bushes comes a tiny voice... right here.
Well, come out here, I want to see you.
No, I can’t
I wonder why God didn’t say, Yea, and... You were naked yesterday, and the day before and you didn’t hide. I made you naked. What is wrong with naked?
Adam did not say... I’m ashamed... or I ate from the tree... or I disobeyed... or I feel sorry.
He said ... I’m NAKED!
Whoa... Wait just a cotton-pickin’ minit... Naked... Where did you hear about naked. I never said anything about being naked. I never used that word. Where did you learn it? Who told you that you were naked?
(((Ethan and the F word)))
When God heard... NAKED... God stopped Adam and asked, Who told you that you were naked?
God knew there were only 4 possibilities... only four people in the garden...
Adam He did not know naked
Unless he could talk to animals... like that doctor... someone told him
Eve She didn’t either
God He didn’t say it
Now, this sermon is not about the sin of Adam... or the affect of that sin on mankind... or the affect of the sin on Adam and Eve.
This sermon is about NAKED.
When people ask you this week, “What did your preacher preach about?” You tell them, “He preached on nudity.”
Next week we’ll have more people.
Why am I focusing on this question... “Who told you that you were naked?”
For the same reason God did.
God heard that Adam had disobeyed, had sinned and was ashamed... but God did not focus on the sin... first.
He focused on NAKED
I believe it is because it was the most dangerous problem
I know most would say the sin is the most serious... a matter of life and death.
TRUE... but God already had a cure for sin... Jesus was already scheduled to die on the cross. Sin would be fixed.
But God heard something that concerned Him very much... he heard Adam say... I am not worthy... I have no value... I don’t matter.
There is a very important conversation that is omitted from the bible... between verses 6 and 7 of Chapter 3.
Allow me to tell you about it. It is not in your bible but let me read it to you from the Pendleton Version...
6And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
And the serpent came to Adam and Eve and gloated... Thou hast done it now. What dost thee think thy Father will say now? Will he walk with thee in the cool of the day... or else wilt he speak to thee with kind words. NO, he shall not. He shall cast thee away as one casts away the husks to the swine. He will smite thee and abuse thee and cast thee away from His sight. Thou art a sinner and art not worthy to stand before him. Thou hast shown thyself to be weak and vulgar and worthless. Shall God love thee? Nay! He shall go and find another to take thy place. He shall find one that is good and obedient and He will love them and not thee. Thou art worthless. Thou art defiled. Thou art not worthy to be loved or cared for. He lovest thou not because thou art not good enough, not pure enough, not desireable. If thou wert the last man and woman on earth, He would not love thee. You should go away and hang thy head, feel ashamed, be disconsolate. You deserve naught but to be ostracized and pitied and kept at arms length. People shall mark thee for the sinner you art and will laugh at thee because thou thinkest thee were a Christian. Thou art not a Christian. Thou art a failure, a worm, lower than a worm. Thou art the dust on the soul of a worm. He shall shake you off like the dust on his shoes. How couldst thou spit in God’s eye like that. How couldst thou be so weak... so slovenly... so utterly despicable and altogether to be abandoned. You are spiritually and void and naked.