Fig leaves are popular clothing, though fashion trend setters have overlooked them in the garment industry. This came in style in the beginning and remains the top-of-the-line, most chosen of cover-ups.
“And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” [Genesis 3:7]
Paradise was forfeited as Adam and Eve attempted to cover their nakedness. Awareness of their inadequacies, their guilt, their separation and shame, they attempted to repair their condition before God.
This fashion statement is the attire of the fickle: those who change frequently in their loyalties, interests, and affections. Though Eden was everything Adam and Eve could have wanted in relationship to God, was bountiful with lush provision, their loyalties to Him vacillated. In order to self-justify, self-defend, and attempt to redeem themselves, they tried to cover their nakedness. “They [even] hid themselves among the trees of the Garden.” [verse 8]
“And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, ‘Where art thou?'” [verse 9] Neither of them were successful in hiding. Fickle they were ~ hidden they were not.
Stripped of our excuses and alibis, we can either ‘sew fig leaves’ or run to our Redeemer, the One who understands the fickleness of our nature.
David wrote: “Surely You desire truth in my inner self and You make me to understand hidden wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.” [Psalm 51:7-9]
Our only hope is to drop the fig-leaves and be clothed by Him.