by Clarence E. Macartney

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God's Clothing
Clarence E. Macartney
Genesis 3:11

Adam did not answer. The answer is given in the next
question of the Almighty, "Hast thou eaten of the
tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not
eat?" That was how Adam knew he was naked.

When he was called out of his hiding place into the
presence of God after his fall, the man said, "I heard
thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I
was naked; and I hid myself." Adam states the
consequence of his fall, a sense of nakedness and fear
in the presence of God. But God takes him back to the
cause of that sense of fear and shame. Their
transgression told the man and the woman that they
were naked in the presence of each other and naked in
the presence of God. Sin is the mother of shame. When
the first sin had been committed and their eyes were
opened, the man and the woman sought to cover
themselves. So man has been doing ever since. What is
civilization, in all the length and breadth of its
many-colored coat, but a vast and prolonged effort on
the part of man to cover his nakedness?

The more man knows, the more wonderful becomes the
book of Genesis. The increase of the kingdom of man's
knowledge serves only to emphasize by way of contrast
the vast range of vision of the man who wrote these
pages. The higher man builds the pyramid and tower of
his knowledge and his place of observation, the more
clearly he sees the altitude upon which the author of
Genesis stood. How perennially fresh is the water we
draw out of this deep well! What grand thoughts haunt
us here!

The commonest facts are sometimes the strangest.
Nothing is more ordinary and common and universal than
clothing; and yet, when you think of it, what a
strange thing a dress or a suit of clothes is! In
Gulliver's Travels Swift brings his hero to the land
of the Houyhnhnms. In this country the horse is the
ruling animal. ...

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