Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
Nakedness (Part 1)
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Genesis 2:25 (NKJV)
'Humans are the only primate species that has mostly naked skin' (Scientific American). Why did God make us naked?
The Bible says 'God created man in His own image' (Genesis 1:27), so I guess our skin is like His skin. One aspect of 'naked' skin is heightened sensitivity. God is sensitive to all of His creations; He intends us to be sensitive as well.
Since 'nakedness' means 'bare of any covering,' our nakedness is also symbolic of openness and honesty. Nothing is hidden among 'Children of light' (Ephesians 5:8). Nothing prevents communication with our Creator.
Nakedness was perfectly natural in the innocence of Adam and Eve. It was simply a state of being--obvious, positive, and purposeful.
In the maturing process, God allowed a snake to test His lovely children. Against high orders, they ate the forbidden fruit; therein, sin entered with a proud choice. Their 'aha' moment brought 'uh oh' sin. They sought covering for their shame and hoped to hide from God.
But 'There is no creature hidden from His sight... all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to Whom we must give account' (Hebrews 4:13).
In media, nakedness no longer brings public shame but worldly fame. The social acceptability and entertainment 'bookability' convince aspiring performers to 'turn the other cheek.' Unfortunately, we're not discussing the same cheeks as our Savior; the 'account'-ing that is thought to be coming by salacious stars is more dollars in their banks.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Nakedness series.