Today’s One Verse Podcast is rated PG-13. Well, maybe PG. But either way, when you hear what I am talking about in this episode, you might be encouraged to gather your children around anyway and have them listen to this episode as well.
If you have been struggling about how to have “that talk” with your son or daughter, this episode might just provide the encouragement to stop being ashamed and afraid, but instead to revel and rejoice in one of God’s greatest gifts to humankind.
Let’s stop hiding in the shadows and living in fear, and instead go boldly forth, naked and unafraid.
Well, maybe not literally. But you’ll see what I mean.
The Text of Genesis 2:25
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
In this discussion of Genesis 2:25 we look at:
- Six ways I could have explained Genesis 2:25
- What is really going on in Genesis 2:25
- How the Gilgamesh Epic shows us that sex is in view.
- Why we Christians should not be afraid or ashamed of sex.
- Theology.fm – Helping you and your Theology Look Like Jesus
- Gilgamesh Epic
- Sex, Food, and Animals
- Subscribe and Leave a Review on iTunes
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It is refreshing to hear a message affirming that sex was and is a gift from God, and that it’s not something that he hates. So it make sense that he gave us rules about it for our own protection.
Isaac Nwamuo. says
God want husband wife to have sex together but whereby a man or woman have sex with another person outside the marriage, God is not happy for that, so we should have with only our own husbabd and wife for doing so God will surely bless us.
Nate Plummer says
Do you think nakedness has a link to sinfulness? Basically, is it too much of a stretch to use the terms interchangeably? If you do, many other things about our sinfulness becomes clearer. Mainly, that the fruit from the knowledge basically made us aware of our sinfulness. The animals, aren’t aware when they sin…..and they sin a LOT….but I believe they will not be held accountable because they are unaware.
So this potentially opens a hornets nest theoretically. If Adam and Eve were unashamed (unaware) of their nakedness (sinfulness) before the fall……this could mean that sinfulness could have technically existed prior to the fall, but sin was unaware and undefined by humans……the assigning of good and evil were only up to God himself.
So the statement, “sin entered the world through Adam”, could possibly mean, “human awareness of sin entered the world through Adam”?!
If death (of plant life etc.) possibly preexisted the fall, why not sin (sin that was only defined by God himself)?
To explain further, look at Noah after the flood. He sins as far as getting drunk and ends up naked. The first son mocks/points out his nakedness (sinfulness), and he gets cursed. The other two sons not only cover the nakedness, but they refuse to even look at him, to shame him. Later, in Leviticus it states that there should be no steps leading up to the alter because it could expose the nakedness (sinfulness) of the priest under his robe.
Another part of this mystery is that prior to the sin in the garden, Adam is naming the animals. When you look at the animal kind, they are not considered naked…..they are considered clothed. They are clothed by God. Later in scripture it talks about worrying about what you will wear, and it is stated that the lilies of the field and the birds of the air are clothed by God with more splendor than Solomon.
So, back to the garden. Once Adam and Eve eat of the tree, they are now “aware” of their nakedness. Now being self aware of their sin, they distance themselves from God, and try to cover their nakedness (sinfulness) with their own efforts by the fig leaves.
This is exactly what we do…..when we self asses how naked (sinful) we are at any given moment, it has a direct effect regarding if we feel like we can draw near to God. We also try to cover our sinfulness with our own efforts.
So it seems to me that God was angry about Adams sin for a few reasons, but the statement that sticks out to me the most is Gods statement, “WHO told you you were naked (sinful)!” And, just like in the story of Noah cursing the son who exposed his nakedness, so God curses the serpent for exposing Adam and Eves nakedness.
In conclusion, I am believing more and more, that we are too preoccupied with our nakedness (sinfulness) and the nakedness of others. I want to be free……..to just look to God, worship him…..and not get depressed about my continued sinfulness. Be not ashamed about my sinfulness……realizing that it is God, and God alone that can cover me. Not that I would “let sin abound”, but that I may love God more because He makes me TRULY free!
Interesting how we are considered the “bride” of Christ, but we act like cold, untrusting wives, always thinking God thinks we are ugly. No wonder we are so self aware of our ugliness in our naked bodies……we don’t believe our husband (God) could be attracted to us if we are unclothed before him!
No wonder we feel so distant from God all the time. God cannot connect with us and love us, because we are too ashamed of our nakedness……we want him to meet us in the dark….with the lights off…..at best. We try to control how our husband will see us naked.
So, I know I am all over the place with this…….please forgive me for rambling. I also mean no offence. I apologize in advance if some of these thoughts are potentially turning the Bible on its head……that’s not my intention. I just love God, and am desperate to know Him more.