Their Eyes Are Opened: Genesis 3:7

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e) Gen 3:7: In one respect the serpent told the truth (Gen 3:4–5). Adam’s and Eve’s eyes were opened, but to a shocking discovery. They were naked![1]

The duality of good and evil demolished their prior unity of knowledge, with all things good.[2]

Thus, a sign of their healthy relationship suddenly became shameful (Cf. Gen 2:25),[3]  and they immediately experienced the alienation of spiritual death (Gen 2:16–17).[4]

Ironically, fig leaves come from trees which symbolize the fertility of life.[5]

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Read Gen 3:7. How did the opening of their eyes differ from what Adam and Eve had expected? What did their shame lead them to do? How do you react to shameful experiences?




Go to Receiving the Crown of Life (Jas 1:12)

[Related posts include Forbidden Fruit (Gen 2:16–17); Naked and Not Ashamed (Gen 2:25); Serpents in the Ancient Near East (Gen 3:1); A World-Altering Conversation (Gen 3:2–5); and A Day of Reckoning (Gen 3:9–13)]

[Click here to go to Women and Marriage Throughout Redemptive History; or to Chapter 6: A Serpent in the Garden (Genesis 3:1–13)]


[1] Walton, Genesis, 206.

[2] Bonhoeffer, Creation and Fall: A Theological Exposition of Genesis 1–3, 122.

[3] Hamilton, The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1–17, 191.

[4] Waltke and Fredricks, Genesis: A Commentary, 92.

[5] Walton, Genesis, 206.