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Nakedness and Shame (Genesis 2:21-25)

Introductory Thoughts

Adam and Eve, before the fall of man, were naked and rightfully unashamed (Genesis 2:25). The Bible indicates that the first notable difference following the fall came when the couple felt shame over their nakedness (Genesis 3:10). This shame led them to cover themselves with aprons sewn from fig leaves (Genesis 3:7). From that day forward, nakedness and shame have been inseparable. In Exodus 32, Aaron led the people of God in idolatrous worship which included dancing and nakedness. In that passage, the Bible says, “Aaron had made them naked unto their shame” (Exodus 32:25). The Lord reiterates this affiliation in a warning to the Laodiceans by saying that they should be clothed lest the shame of their nakedness appear (Revelation 3:18).

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): David sent servants to comfort Hanun when his father died, but Hanun thought the men were spies. Read what he did in 1 Chronicles 19:4-5. The men were not properly clothed and felt ashamed. The lesson we should learn would be to dress properly.
  • (For everyone): Adam and Eve, in their innocence, had no concept of any shame associated with nakedness. When they lost their innocence, they understood immediately that nakedness was to be covered.
  • How can Adam and Eves innocence be like that of small children? How can parents protect their children as they grow older and lose that initial innocence?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask the Lord to teach you what nakedness is.
  • Ask the Lord to help you please Him in every aspect of your life.