Cover-up. When the truth is not told a cover-up always ensues. When wrong is done a cover-up is close behind. Why do we cover-up the wrong we have committed? Pure and simple-because it is wrong. People that do the right thing by telling the truth, serving others, loving others unselfishly, being faithful in all things have no need to cover-up what they have done or said. These individuals are humble in their actions and responses and may not want their good dead publicized, but they also do not need to hide what they have done.
Cover-up. The scene in the garden between the woman and the serpent was not one of these positive situations. The woman walked slowly down a path of destruction that ultimately ended in her eating the fruit. It didn’t start by her eating the fruit, it ended with her eating the fruit. The wrong that was committed started in her heart as the serpent led her down a path of destruction. It did not seem destructive, but rather it was a time of searching for what she thought was truth. Five minutes before the serpent approached the woman she thought she knew the truth. She thought she lived in utopia, but then the serpent approached her and asked her a simple question, “Did God really say?” in that question what the woman had thought five minutes before was now put under scrutiny and the perfect environment became disrupted.
Cover-up. As the woman slowly moved down this path, she ignored the truth that she knew for the appeal of what she thought she did not know. Once the fruit was consumed, the cover-up began. The first thing the couple covered-up was their bodies. The next cover-up was when the couple heard the sound of God, they hid “among the trees of the garden.”
Cover-up. As we move through the verses in Genesis 3, the man begins to answer God’s questions honestly. “But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ And he said, ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.’ He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’” (Genesis 3:9-11). Theses verses show the honesty of the man. God asked him a question and he answered the question honestly, but next the cover-up begins again.
Cover-up. “The man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.’ Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this that you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’” (Genesis 3:12-13). The cover-up continues again. The man does not want to be blamed for the wrong so he covers what he did and blames the woman. The woman covers up what she does and blames the serpent. Not too many people like to admit their wrong. As it was in the beginning, it is today. The cover-up of sin happens all too often whether on a grand scale or on a minute scale. No one wants to found guilty of their sin so they hide behind the blame game, or someone else, or lying. One sin seems to compound till there is so much sin the truth is hard to find. Truth does not take any cover-up, rather it requires straightforward living without any need for a cover-up.
Cover-up. Do you cover up the little things thinking it is only a small lie, a small error, or a small sin? However small the cover-up a larger one usually ensues. “Be sure your sins will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23).