The Wardrobe Malfunction on Eden’s Runway
“Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.” – Genesis 3:7
Humorous events can occur within the fashion industry. It might be a design flaw on an elegant gown, an undergarment that is accidentally exposed, a bad case of static cling, or even a high heel that causes a model to trip and fall.
The first wardrobe malfunction in history is recorded in Genesis chapter 3. After Adam and Eve had sinned in the Garden of Eden, their eyes were opened and they immediately became aware of their nakedness. From that point forward they could no longer innocently walk before God. And it was in that moment that they hurriedly sewed fig leaves together in a feverish attempt to cover their nakedness. Adam and Eve quickly worked with their hands in an attempt to come up with some sort of covering that would blanket their nude bodies. Imagine the scene that day while on Eden’s runway; two self-appointed fashion designers came up with man’s first line of clothing – “the fig leaf collection.” Yet they tripped and fell off the runway because of a design flaw. “The fig leaf collection” was a miserable failure, and God the judge was not impressed by their performance. Yet in the midst of their fall, God showed mercy and grace and instead provided His design. The Bible says “the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them” (Genesis 3:21).
In this passage we find a wellspring of gospel truths. To begin with, like Adam and Eve’s nakedness, our sin has been laid bare and exposed before God. And no amount of “work” on our part will ever be sufficient enough to cover our sin. Adam and Eve’s attempt to cover their nakedness by sewing fig leaves together fell short. Likewise, any effort on our part to cover our sin by “works” falls short. Secondly, the only covering sufficient enough to cover our sins is the covering God provided through the blood of Jesus Christ. The Bible says that “under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins” (Hebrews 9:22). Man’s design was flawed while God’s design was flawless; for God’s design involved the shedding of blood. Thirdly, something had to die in order for Adam and Eve to live. And so it is with the gospel. The only way that we can be made right with God is through the death of Jesus Christ. His blood was shed on Calvary, as His sacrificial death provided a covering for our sins. In that moment, He who knew no sin became sin for us (1 Corinthians 5:21). John MacArthur’s thoughts on this passage can be helpful at this point… “God clothes the naked sinner, covering the sinner by the sacrifice of an innocent victim, providing atonement, satisfaction to His own required justice with a substitute. This introduces for the first time in Scripture the matter of atonement or covering of the sinner through the death of an innocent substitute… what a beautiful picture of the Lord Jesus, who is the Lamb slain by God from before the foundation of the world, the Lamb slain by God from before the foundation of the world.”
Our own righteous deeds are equivalent to filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Even our best efforts fall short of God’s standard (Romans 3:23). And the only way that we can be in right standing with God is to be clothed in robes of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10, Revelation 3:4). I pray that you come to the point in your life when you have stopped reaching for the fig leaves and sewing needle and instead received God’s gift of salvation, which is available through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If you have not done so, receive His robe of righteousness and be covered today.
– Pastor Eric