“God called Adam and Eve to care for the garden together. The one condition of their reign was they not partake of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:16-17). Their freedom depended upon their living without the fruit of that tree. But disobedience enslaved their freedom to love. The pair’s refusal to obey God became the basis for the broken image, the tendency fallen humanity possesses to act unnaturally.

“Sin wars against our native desire and capacity to uprightly love God and others. Anderson wrote, ‘Disobedience…is therefore a denial of one’s own humanity…To live in such a way as to resist the Word and will of God in favor of our instinctive rights and desires is to live inhumanly’ (Ray Anderson, On Being Human: Essays in Theological Anthropology, pp 83-84).

“While obedience frees people to be good gifts to God and others, sin demands concealment. The third chapter of Genesis clearly describes the effects of sin upon the image bearers. First, Adam and Eve sought to hide from each other by clothing themselves (Gen. 3:7). No longer unashamed, they covered their genitals so as to conceal themselves from each other. The fig leaf conveyed shame and separation from pure trust in the other’s love.

“For the first time, each was self-conscious and uncertain of his or her identity in relation to the other. They were also conscious of the other’s uncertainty. Responding to the other became risky. Each experienced the threat of his or her need for the other. Adam and Eve were then capable of more than love–they could withhold love and deceive and damage the other. “Not surprisingly, the two also hid from God (Gen. 3:8). Having disobeyed, they took matters into their hands and fled the threat of exposure and punishment. The potential for separation from the Creator was conceived, and humanity ever since has borne its deadly consequences” (Andrew Comsikey, Strength in Weakness, Chpt. 2, pp 33-34).

The Broken Image, part I

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