Weekly Sabbath Survey
The Bare Truth — 2014
Guest Contributor: Bonnie Manning
The first time we hear about being naked in the Bible is in the Garden of Eden. It’s a very interesting story filled with metaphors. “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 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.” [Genesis 3:6-7] Yes, for the first time they knew they were naked, and wanted to cover themselves. They had never experienced this before. They were trying to hide their sin and shame behind the leaves of a fig tree.
Married couples usually become comfortable around their spouse’s bare skin after some time together. We become one with them; their skin becomes our skin. Their sin becomes our sin. We may yell out and blame the other for our transgressions but just like Adam and Eve, most the time we have partaken together. Adam is confronted and says, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Eve is confronted and says, ““The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” [Gen. 3:12-13] Neither of them can take responsibility for their faults. This is a sad but realistic issue today with mankind, no one wants to own up to their part in the problem.
Disobeying God took their covering away. They were exposed. Being naked is about being extremely visible, bare and open, like the woman caught in adultery and dragged into the streets. I have noticed if my husband and I are having a disagreement at bedtime, I am not as comfortable getting undressed in front of him. If one of us is displeased with the outcome of a situation we tend to keep covered.
“And Elohim called unto Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid myself.” And He said, “Who made you know that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” Adam says he was afraid. An accurate, adequate translation is he ‘feared Yahweh with a Holy fear.’ Something happened that doesn’t seem to flow with the story. Back in chapter two we saw the very same word “naked”. They were both naked, the man and his wife. Yet, they were not ashamed. [Genesis 2:25] In chapter 2 they were not HIDING, now they are so ashamed they made aprons to cover their private areas.
Please listen: the difference for Adam and Eve (and all of us) is they were walking with the Father in the Garden and when He caught them in their sin, they feared Him. They were Ashamed and Feared Yahweh. If there had been no relationship it would have been no big deal. If I have not established much of a relationship with you and you walk off, its not that hard, but if we have been friends for years and ties must be cut, it hurts horribly. Why? Because I invested in you and you in me.
The Jews consider the Torah/Commandments like actual objects to put on. Without them you are spiritually naked. Without The Torah, you are naked, unclothed and very exposed. How would simple words cover you like clothing? Thou shalt not steal…Thou shalt not commit adultery…Honor thy father and they mother…Thou shalt have no other gods before me, Thou shalt not covet… Now the newer portion of our Bibles has other words that cover us as well like Ephesians 5:4 “Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes–these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.”
These words become clothes and they protect us from the consequences of sin and its effect. Sin always has an effect on us. Do you value the commandments of The Lord? Do you want to be cloaked in them, covered and protected? Don’t just stand there naked as a jay-bird, go get The Word and put it on.
Charlene Reams Manning
Believer in the Lord Jesus Messiah
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