Pastor’s Pen: March 29, 2020 Series: Understanding the Timeline – Lesson 2
“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.”
Because of the Fall of Man by sinning in the Garden of Eden by eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, there is understanding of sin. They were going to be treated as children with no grand responsibilities. This was known as the Adamic Covenant in the Dispensation of Innocence. A Covenant is a coming together or an agreement. This is shown in Genesis 1:28 which says, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Another part of the agreement was that they were not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
After the Fall of Man, we have the ability to differentiate what is right and wrong. What segregates man from the other creatures is that we have the ability to make decisions, but after the first sin, we have a greater understanding of the consequences of those decisions. The Dispensation of Innocence was the division of time when man did not understand sin. They were basically children. Adam did not know he was naked, he had no shame, and he did not understand the results of his disobedience.
Once they sinned, they “grew a conscience.” Now, that they had a knowledge of what was right and what was wrong, they were not innocent anymore when they sinned. In the eyes of a holy and just God, all sin was the same. God does not see greater or lesser sins, He just sees sin. They were murderers, thieves, liars, killers, adulterers, etc. in the eyes of God. The Dispensation of Conscience caused them to move from the mind of an innocent child to one of an adult that would have to deal with the consequences of their actions. Now, they understood the shame of being naked, the results of disobedience, pain of a sinful life, and the separation from God. We move from the Dispensation of Innocence to The Dispensation of Conscience.
*For more information, see: Dispensational Truth and Rightly Dividing the Word: Dr. Clarence Larkin