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Shame

Whenever I read the account of the fall of man in the Garden of Eden (Genesis chapter three) I always wondered at the wording concerning Adam and Eve’s nakedness; before and after they sinned. It always seemed to me that I was missing something. With that in mind I have tried to keep an eye out while reading the Bible for clues concerning this. Well the other day, while reading from the book of Isaiah I saw something very exciting about this.

Isaiah 47:3

Your nakedness will be exposed and your shame uncovered. (NIV84)

This is an example of two words used together in the same sentence that unlocks a symbolic word meaning. In this case nakedness is first used followed by shame. I found this very interesting. When two words are used like this in the Bible the first word serves as a key-word to unlock the meaning of the second word, or vice-versa.

As I continued reading in the book of Isaiah, I then ran across this passage…

Isaiah 59:2, 5-6

But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.

5 They hatch the eggs of vipers and spin a spider’s web. Whoever eats their eggs will die, and when one is broken, an adder is hatched. 6 Their cobwebs are useless for clothing; they cannot cover themselves with what they make. Their deeds are evil deeds, and acts of violence are in their hands. (NIV84)

This passage is speaking of faithless people that run off to do evil things. Notice that their deeds are useless for covering. This means that their nakedness is visible, that is, their shame is visible. Their sins have defiled them and their defiled nature is exposed. Interesting.

As I read on I saw…

Isaiah 61:10

I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (NIV84)

Now we see that it is God that must clothe us, that is, hide our shame.

Recently I started reading though the whole Bible and I started in Genesis. When I got to Isaiah 47:3, I received an epiphany concerning nakedness and being covered. That allowed me to see the meaning more clearly in Isaiah 59 and Isaiah 61. This is how things work when reading the Bible. The more key words that you unlock the more the passages make sense to you.

Jeremiah 3:3

Therefore the showers have been withheld, and no spring rains have fallen. Yet you have the brazen look of a prostitute; you refuse to blush with shame. (NIV84)

When our sin is uncovered and exposed we should be filled with shame. Shame of our weakness and sin is a good thing. It is a humbling thing. When we are humbled we can seek God who forgives sin and covers those exposed by it.

Genesis 3:7

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. (NIV84)

When ‘Adam and Eve’ sinned they saw their nakedness, that is, they were filled with shame and fear. They tried to cover their shame, but to no avail.

Genesis 3:21

The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. (NIV84)

The Bible says that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 9:22). It is evident from this passage that God shed the blood of some animals and used the animal’s skin to cover the sin of the man and woman in the Garden.

Now that I know this key-word combination (Nakedness=shame) I look forward to getting back to my Bible reading and seeing what other passages that are now unlocked to me.

 

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