Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
Suffering (Part 15)
Nakedness: Noah, The Lunatic & The King
He drank of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside.
Genesis 9:21-22 (NASB)*
He was met by a man from the city who was possessed with demons; and who had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a house, but in the tombs.
Luke 8:27 (NASB)**
They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him.
Matthew 27:28 (NASB)***
In Bible days, nakedness wasn't cool. To understand how exposure was viewed, check out these biblical definitions:
1) Voluntary nakedness symbolized 'a state of lawlessness and insubordination' (Easton's Bible dictionary).****
2) Involuntary nakedness brought shame: 'Compulsory nudity was the extreme of shame and humiliation' (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia).****
So no matter why or how it happened, going bare didn't add up to freedom. Recall the passionate plea of Jesus when He listed the Lord's criteria in determining our final judgment:
'I was naked and you clothed Me... Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me' (Matthew 25:36,40).*****
Actors, models and talent for Christ: No matter what's accepted today, revealing skin does not reveal God. While media accepts nakedness and many top stars example it, you can still look cool and be covered. Create trends that don't focus on bareness, so girls seeking leadership won't think nakedness will bring them happiness.
And in your job of modeling Christ, don't judge others--because He didn't.
To Be Continued...
* Excellent article, The Nakedness of Noah and the Cursing of Canaan: https://bible.org/seriespage/10-nakedness-noah-and-cursing-canaan-genesis-918-1032
* Noah and His Sons, Genesis 9:18-28: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis9%3A18-28&version=NKJV
** The Demoniac Cured, Luke 8:26-39: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%208:26-39
*** The Soldiers Mock Jesus, Matthew 27-31: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+27%3A27-31&version=NKJV
**** Easton's Bible Dictionary: http://www.biblelearn.com/n_frame.htm
**** International Standard Bible Encyclopedia; http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/naked-nakedness/
***** The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mat+25%3A31-44&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Suffering series.