Adam and the woman were created naked. When they were formed there was physical nakedness but they were spiritually clothed in the glory of God, Nakedness indicates innocence, child-like simplicity “Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.” (Prov 20:11, KJV) and vulnerability. Their innocence maintained the atmosphere in mild and uniform temperature; rainfall was not needed since mist was adequate for the watering of the ground. Their innocence granted them open communion with the Creator. Their sleeps were the deep, untroubled sleep of youth and innocence.
We have not been able to understand the issue of the innocence of Adam and Woman because earlier commentaries have based their understanding on the Sunday School teachings which also did not distinguish between Jesus as a babe “And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:16, KJV) and Jesus as a child “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother,” (Matt 2:11, KJV). Most Sunday School teachers do not know that the three wise men, who visited Jesus as a child, were different from the shepherds that first visited “Baby Jesus”
We shall need to understand the story of creation before we can appreciate our first parents. We should be able to distinguish between creation and formation of man and other living creatures. It is the account of the living creatures that we have not got right. Man was created last and at the end of the creation of man, it was very good. But man was the first living creature that was brought into existence in the physical. Man walked upon the earth before any earthly creature and was even ahead of the Garden of Eden.
Genesis 1 portrays the big picture, the role Adam and the woman were to play in relation to the entire creation with adequate empowerment “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Gen 1:28, KJV). Genesis 2 discusses the detail of bringing creation into physical existence. Adam was placed “to dress and to keep it.” (Gen 2:15, KJV) the garden He (GOD) planted to provide for man’s needs. We are not sure of the varieties of the fruits in the Garden; may be one or two types of fruits. “I will rain bread from heaven for you; . the Lord shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; … at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host…. upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.” (Ex 16:4-14, KJV). The trees that grew up shared the common characteristics of being “pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” (Gen 2:9, KJV). The fruit of all but one tree was provided for Adam and the woman to eat. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil, though pleasing to look at and good for food, was not good for man. Eating its fruit would give the partaker a knowledge of good and evil, but it would also certainly produce his or her death.
Only for brief moments of preparing the nest would the woman not be beside her lord; then when she took on preparing what they’d eat.
Adam reminded her of life before the maturity of the trees that grew from the ground. Few trees there were, but healthy the fruit therefrom. They nurtured vigor, knowledge and wisdom. The woman wished she were in physical existence to partake in them.
The woman was the first to venture into swimming; motivated by the water-spray of the dolphins and their squeaking sound. The dolphins were happy that their Queen visited them. They helped her to buoy when she got tired and gently guided her to shore. Over and over she learned to dive. Adam followed suit and became a better swimmer. The flow of the great River Eden was gentle; there were neither falls nor rapids within the Garden.
The woman noticed the flow of angels into the Garden; barely walking on the ground but being borne by the wind. They had covering of glory that spread out like birds’ wings. God’s glory was much more astounding than theirs. God would quietly walk into the garden for His usual visitation; all by Himself but at departure time, the angels would come.
Unlike the angels, God would sit with them.
“Why not bring your royal seat?” The woman once asked.
“I created them all, royal seat and earth.” The LORD God replied.
“But God, when can we visit you?”
“at the appointed time.”
Serpent never came around in the cool of the day but parrot had no restriction of its time of visit. Sometimes perching from tree to tree as the holy pair walked with God. Dove cherished the presence of the LORD God, so also peacock. The Zebra, the duiker, the porcupine, the giraffe among all the beasts on daily basis came to welcome their Creator. The giraffe saw the LORD God taller than it, the gnat said the LORD GOD is smaller than it; each saw the Almighty in its perspective.
“How can He live in the heart of man if He’s not small?” The gnat remarked.
“How can He hold the earth in His palm if He’s not huge?” The giraffe responded.
In the heart of man, God is mighty and glorious. Who can fashion out His paths? Who can understand His ways?
Within man, God united both the heavenly and earthly qualities. His power of speech, his discerning intellect, his upright walk, the glimpse of his eye–they all make an angel of him. However, in him also is the need for food, sleep, secretion of waste matter resulting from unused component of the food ingested.
One thing in his favor is that he can create new things from existing resource for his use and the honor of his Creator. Man was made capable of performing reasonable service, and therefore received, not only the command of a Creator but the command of a King and Master. Above all he received the empowerment to function in line with God’s command “…replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Gen 2:2, KJV). Though Adam was a very great man, a very good man, and a very happy man, yet the Lord God commanded him; and the command was neither a denigration to his greatness, a reproach to his goodness, nor diminution at all to his happiness.
As it is the joy of the heavenly host to fulfill the purposes of their Creator and delight in reflecting His glory and showing forth His praise so did the holy pair resolve not to violate the commands. What else did they desire in life?
At its worst, it indicates humiliation, guilt, shame, and punishment. Adam and Eve were attempting to hide their humiliation, guilt, and shame when they grabbed a few fig leaves to provide covering. It was an inadequate cover; incomplete since nakedness only was covered. They were oblivious of the harshness of the weather outside the perimeter of the Garden.
Then, our first parents were ashamed of their nakedness. Why, then, do we cherish nakedness in modern day life?
In my childhood days, there was a mentally deranged man near my mother’s shop. He was almost directly opposite. He was given the name “Eegunlehinoga” which literally means“there’s nothing but bone on the back side of a chameleon.” On daily basis, he was always clothed in his rags but three days to full-moon he usually lost his consciousness and would go stack naked and violent. There were about five of these mentally deranged persons three of who were women. At no time did any of the women lost their consciousness to the level of being naked
In the three score and ten years of my life, I’ve never seen a naked mentally deranged woman. In their madness, they cherish their womanhood! It’s not unlikely that it was the woman that brought Adam into the consciousness of nakedness and the need for cover.
In innocence, Mother Eve fell and failed God but in her integrity, God did not fully apply the penance for her offense and elevated her generation above the generation of the deceiver both in the physical and in the spiritual.