When reading the third chapter of Genesis this morning, I was caught up by a buried golden nugget in verse 11 that every parent needs to hold tight to. It is a lesson dealing directly with the innocence of their children. A lesson that has eternal consequences.
Adam and Eve had just disobeyed the direct request of God. They had eaten of the tree and had their eyes opened to the differences between good and evil (v22). God was searching for them in the garden but they hid from Him. Once found Adam made an excuse for his action, an excuse dealing with a topic he should not have know about.
Genesis 3:11 “And he [God] said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?”
The lesson here requires every parent to take action. Innocence is lost via sin. The Bible says, “Who told thee that thou wast naked?” There is a fine line we walk as parents between protecting and educating our children. Consider the following:
- the games they play,
- the movies they watch,
- the music they listen to,
- the books they read,
- the friends they hang with,
- the places they go,
- the web sites they visit,
- the pictures they look at.
Parents, it does not matter if all their friends are doing it. Do regret needing to make excuses like Adam did. You are the last line of defense for your children. You are what matters in protecting your children. Once a child experiences the vile sin of the world, they can never go back, their innocence is lost forever. Metaphorically speaking, they know they are naked.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.