A cache misère comes to us from the French and is literally translated as “swept under the rug”. Camouflaged. In other words, “not dealt with correctly”. And with reference to sin, there’s only one thing to do with it. And that is, let Jesus cover you.
“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. And they heard the voice of the Lord God…” (Genesis 3:7-8a)
So, the trouble with “covering ourselves” after we’ve done something wrong before the Lord is that something has to die. In the case of Adam and Eve, it says a little later on (after God had interrogated them and also passed judgment) that “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21) So God took care of covering them by killing some animals and taking their hides. As an aside, did you ever wonder why, if we were created well enough without clothes, after all is said and done, we would be wearing white robes in Heaven? Because something got fundamentally altered, that’s why. Not to worry. There are (at least) a couple of things to work out prior to getting there, though.
“Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:20-21)
Before we go any further, just because Job said God “taketh away” doesn’t mean He was the cause of the calamity that befell Job. In much the same way as Adam and Eve brought upon themselves what they experienced, Job’s “misfortunes”–for lack of a better word–were tied up in the simple lack of realization of God’s grandeur. And forgive me for so childishly simple an exposition of Job–because his book truly contains hard-won and inscrutable lessons.
Knowing Jesus from Adam
“But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.” (2 Corinthians 10:17-18)
Whenever we make a mistake, regardless of our understanding or motive, it’s ultimately aimed at God. And by mistake, I mean any offense that is covered by things considered morally reprehensible by and large. Things like theft and hate and lying. Each sin has its spectrum almost like anti-light. But it’s all sin and it’s all black. When it says “The eyes of them both were opened”, I wonder why it doesn’t say that they were blinded. Because it’s only the mercy and covering of God that keeps us from ever-descending unto death on the slippery slope of sin and wrongdoing. Wait. That’s not entirely accurate. John says “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” (1 John 3:9) This is true. God has effectively remade you. Having made you in His image in the first place, He has now remade you in His image spiritually. Don’t get me wrong and don’t think me New Agey. The fact of the matter is, because of what Jesus did on the cross, by living the perfect life, we are able to partake of and enjoy every blessing God has for us. This is peace. Joy, hope, happiness and purpose. How about intensity and courage and resolve? It’s all yours. For one reason alone: because you have “put on Christ”.
“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Galatians 3:27)
God sees Jesus and His sacrifice for sin when He looks at us. Now, brand names notwithstanding, you are who you are. And you will ever be that even as you continue to become more and more of whom God made you. But never forget from where you (and I) came. We were exiled from the Garden. And it wasn’t until Jesus did what He did were we able and also allowed–to return.
“And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.” (1 Corinthians 15:45-47)