Hide is a funny word and it has two meanings. This makes it a pun and good structure for a joke. It could be hide as in your hide (skin) protects your body from the outside OR as in adam hid from God. Whenever you hear that word it is almost always about something bad. “I’m going to tan your hide”, or “go ahead, if you want your hide tanned”. In Genesis chapter 3 adam and eve do the one thing that God told them not to do. They were wrong and they knew it. This made them feel shame. This feeling of shame is something we all feel and with the Holy Spirit’s power He can open our eyes to see that shame is a controlling factor in the lives of unbelievers. Shame keeps people from:
- from fellowshipping
- from uniting with the church
- from having a relationship with Jesus Christ
- It causes us to hide just like adam did.
Shame is a filthy wedge that keeps us from God. The flesh is the domain of Satan:
- <We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.>
- <The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it, that its deeds are evil.>
- <in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.>
Angels are incredibly influential and Satan was made as an angel. Uh oh. The flesh is our hide. The evil one encourages us to be sinful, makes it look like it’s the only way. Let us put on the shield of faith. We become uncomfortable in our own skin or our “hide” after we sin because we were/do get tricked into doing what we are made to know is wrong.
- < I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts>
- < for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.>
^^The above verses are the structure of the idea that we know what is wrong, at least after we do it. We then avoid contact with the purer of the earth’s dwellers. Jesus took on all the shame (caused by sin) of all the world in one day at the crucifixion. This brings us to a place where we can fellowship with Our Father.