Genesis 3:7–“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.” [HCSB]
Maybe it’s because I’m preaching about sex these days, but today as I read this verse during my devotions, I was struck by the fact that the Man’s and the Woman’s first impulse after the First Sin was to cover their genitalia. Yes, of course, I have always recognized that their first impulse was in a general sense to hide themselves from each other. But it was “loin cloths” [HCSB] that they used to accomplish this hiding.
Why not masks? Why not shoes? Why did their genitals rather than their faces or their feet or their left hands? It was, I think, because it was the deepest point of intimacy that was broken at the moment of the fall into sin. And the deepest and most delicate aspect of their relational being was their sexuality. And further, and perhaps more important still, it was in some sense that this sexual aspect of their being was tied most closely to the expression of the image of God in them.
Unquestionably, the image of God in human beings is expressed in relationalness, in human community, and especially in the
profound relationship of sexual intimacy in marriage. I say that the image of God is “expressed” in these relational contexts, not that the image of God “is” these relationships. I’m convinced that that distinction is important, though I will have to wait till later to sort out just how that might be so. Maybe we can do that together.
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