She did not see Him nor did she hear His voice, but she heard the sound of His footsteps...and that was enough! Fear gripped her heart like a vise, and she immediately started to run.
Sprinting down the path, she raced through a maze of azalea bushes, skirted the edge of a small pond, scaring a mother duck and her ducklings half to death, then quickly scooted under the nearest Evergreen, hiding her naked body in the deep foliage underneath.
Gasping for breath and trembling with fear...she waited! Waited and listened for the continuing sound of footsteps, the voice, and the certainty of death.
She knew those footsteps like the back of her hand; for this was no stranger just casually walking in her neck of the woods by accident! No! She knew the sound of them well. He came here every day, usually in the cool of the day, looking for her...and today was no exception!
As she lay there shivering against the cold damp ground, she began to sob. She tried desperately to stifle the sound by biting the back of her hand, but by the time she had gotten control of herself... it was too late. He had found her!
"Why did you hide from me?", she heard Him ask, as He reached down to take her hand and help her out from her hiding place.
Placing one trembling hand in His, she allowed herself to be pulled out from the safety of the underbrush, while her other hand clutched a handful of hastily tied together leaves she held up in front of her body; "Because I, ah..I was..ah..naked", she stammered, "and I was afraid."
Suddenly there was a rustling sound, and out from behind a tree stepped a man, slow and hesitant, eyes filled with fear, body clothed in leaves, and the spittin image of the One who held Eve's hand.
"Adam!", God said, "I have been looking for you".
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Ah,.yes...That terrible day that Man fell from grace. ... the downfall of Mankind!
After a few minutes of the "blame game",consisting of pointing fingers at one another - as to whom was to blame for eating the forbidden fruit, whether it was the bewitching Eve or the beguiling serpent, the couple was finally evicted from their beautiful Garden home.
However, before sending the couple out of the garden, God showed what a loving Father He is, and was; His children did not go out into the world naked or in loosely sewn-together fig leaves; instead..."The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them." (Gen 3:21 NIV)
In all probability, the couple's clothes were made from the sacrifice of one of their own buddies, the leopard, fox or mink perhaps, who just yesterday had romped and played with them in the plush, green grass of home.
The horror of witnessing death for the first time must have been traumatic! Watching one of their own beloved pets, whom they called by name, and whom they loved, slain - in order to clothe them, must have filled them with tremendous pain and sorrow.
Adam, of course, was told he must work by the sweat of his brow for the rest of his life, and Eve was told she would bear children in sorrow and be ruled over by her husband for the rest of her life; but these burdens were NOTHING compared to the knowledge that an innocent had to die to clothe them. And in time, another innocent, the Son of God, would die to save them.
"Hey, wait just a minute", I heard a voice say, "Don't be so hasty! You are reading between the lines incorrectly!"
"What do you mean?" I asked aloud; as I looked around to see who was speaking.
"Dry your tears, my child, and do not weep! Adam and Eve DID NOT leave Eden wearing leopard skins or fox furs; instead, Adam wore a loin cloth, Eve a sarong, and both wore sandals; but an innocent leopard or fox did not die....", the voice hesitated a moment, "... I fashioned their clothes out of Snake Skin".
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Adam ate the apple and today our teeth still ache.
( an ancient proverb)
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