This Christian poem is based on Genesis 3 verse 7, being part two of the Bible story of Adam and Eve. Part one was my poem titled ‘Sweet Temptation’ based on Genesis 3 verses 1-6. Following the decision that Adam and Eve made to disobey God by eating the forbidden fruit, they scramble to cope with their new knowledge of good and evil. They also wait to face the consequences of their decision when God next visit the garden to walk and talk with them. Beverley Joy.
Suddenly, Adam and Eve’s eyes were opened
And they knew that they were naked
They felt ashamed of their nakedness
What was happening to them?
In confusion, they scurried off
To sew fig leaves together
To cover themselves, to cover their shame
And hide from each other.
Fear had entered their world
They were now afraid of each other
They felt the need to protect themselves
From each other and from their world.
The action they had taken
Had been so simple for them
But now it seemed impossible
To undo what they had done.
They now saw good and evil
From the standpoint of sinners
They began to see things that formerly
They had not even noticed.
They were conscience of and understood
Their tragic situation
From which they need rescuing
But who would be their saviour?
They knew how far they had fallen
From the ‘very good’ state of being
That God had created in them
But they couldn’t change a thing.
In one sense, Satan’s words came true
Their eyes were opened and now they knew
Both good and evil but not the same way
That God knows good and evil.
They realised that they had made
A terrible mistake
The knowledge of evil had filled them
With a horrible sense of guilt.
Their disobedience did open their eyes
And yes, they could see evil
But in seeing evil they became blind
To God’s love and truth.
The knowledge which they gained, caused them
To judge from a false perspective
They now knew that to disobey God
Was sinful and not good for them.
In their frantic effort to clothe themselves
And cover their nakedness
They didn’t think to ask God
To forgive them and advise on what to do next.
They foolishly rushed to sew for themselves
Aprons to cover their nakedness.
They remembered that God had commanded them
To ‘multiply and fill the earth’
They realized their disobedience
Had corrupted the human race.
Their children would inherit
Their seed of rebellion
Their guilt centred on their sexual parts
Frantic, they desperately hid them.
They had indeed gained new knowledge
But the knowledge wasn’t good for them
They saw how foolish they had been
To eat the delicious forbidden fruit.
They now had wisdom that eating the fruit
Was not in their best interests
God had indeed put that law in place
To protect them from devastation.
They had learnt through this experience
That God their creator did indeed
Know what was best for them
God was right and the creature had lied.
They knew that God was good and just
That He must punish their rebellion.
But what did it mean to die?
They would no doubt find out
As soon as God found them
Hiding behind their aprons.
Beverley Joy © 2017 of Simply Story Poetry
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The Zondervan NASB Study Bible 1999 Zondervan Michigan U.S.A.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary of the Whole Bible 1960 Marshall, Morgan & Scott
Genesis An Introduction and Commentary. Rev. Derek Kidner. The Tyndale Press 1967
Genesis 3 A devotional and expository study. Edward J. Young. The Banner of Truth Trust 1966