Summary: This is number 2 in a series that teaches that God want us to be honest with Him and ourselves
WHO SAID YOU WERE NAKED
We are looking at Life Changing Questions.
Last week we saw 2 questions. One is from the Devil and one is from God.
“Did God really say?” and “Where are you”
There was a young man that got his first apartment. His parents visiting him noticed a large GONG and Hammer. The parents asked what that is for.
The young man said that is a talking clock. They asked “How does it work” the young man picked up the hammer and struck the gong with a ear splitting sound.
Suddenly someone from the other side of the wall shouted “Knock it off you idiot it is 9 o’clock in the morning.”
Sometimes things are not as they seem.
We saw last week how the devil asked a question and Eve thought she knew the answer. Then temptation overwhelmed her as she contemplated the fruit and enticed Adam into the sin.
SIN CAUSES US TO TRY TO HIDE FROM GOD.
Sin will also cause us to COVER UP
I. THE COVER UP (Gen. 3:9-13)
9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
10 And he said I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself
11 And he said Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat
12 And the man said The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat
13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done And the woman said The serpent beguiled me and I did eat
(v 7)Covering up your sin may hide it from others but not from God…(v 8) “Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden…”
They tried to hide behind things:
a. The fig leaves: covered their sin
That’s why God has to expose and convict us when we when try to Cover Up…
When we hear His voice in our daily prayer, at church, or just when our conscience is being pricked… So God says, (v 9) “Adam…Where are you?” It wasn’t because God had no idea where he was… It was because He wanted Adam to know where He was… And because his SIN Set Up has caused him to run, hide and Cover Up, it’s now going to be hard for Adam to come out...
God must expose your Cover Up to bring you back into the place that you need to be in Him…
But instead of coming clean, Adam did what we all do; he began to blame others for his mistake… (v 12) “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate…”
He blamed the woman… He blamed God… He said, “Well if you God put it here he must want me to have it…”
Understand that Cover Up is nothing more than an excuse for your actions…
“It’s not my fault,” should become our national Motto because, not only are we expert at shuffling off our responsibilities, but we like to pass off our blame as well.
It seems like people are always telling me why they can’t serve God, why they can’t get victory over their sin, why they have to live in defeat.
Rather than dealing with the problem and changing, it’s much easier to simply blame the problem on someone else!
1. The Devil made me do it…
2. My parents didn’t raise me right…
3. I’ve got so much peer pressure…
your sin will drive you to blame others.
"The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate." Adam took it like a man. He blamed his wife.
She’s the problem.”
And from that day until now, every divorce attorney has had a job.
Adam goes a step further and blames God. He said, “It’s the woman who You gave me.” “This is your fault God.” “Everything was great when it was just me and the animals.”
Verse 13 "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." She is saying, “I did it all right. But the devil made me do it.
It’s been said, “To err is human; to blame it on somebody else is even more human.”.
You see it’s never about your gossiping tongue it’s about the horrible thing they did… It’s never about that lie it’s about how you couldn’t trust that person with the truth…
We want to explain away why we can’t live up to our calling…