In yesterday’s entry comment was made concerning so many hidden things that are not easily hidden anymore. The Book of Proverbs tells us: “Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered” (11:3). The point was made that our culture is an exposed culture. Everyone knows everything about everyone. Everything but true guilt and shame.
Originally, before we were covered and hidden we were naked in the Garden of Eden. “The man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:25) Through disobedience to God a covering was implemented. Adam and Eve hid themselves from God who asked them, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9). Adam answered, “I am naked so I hid myself.” (3:10) God asked them, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat of the tree I ask you not to eat?” (3:11). Later in this chapter we read: “The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them” (3:21). A sacrificed animal made the original covering.
The beginning of shame and guilt is in verse 3:7: “At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.” This shame and guilt remains with all humans until the cross where Jesus was crucified in humiliating nakedness in front of his mother and his followers to remove all guilt and shame. The Cross put us back in the Eden relationship with Lord. Nothing is hidden from the Father. We are not free to go around with naked bodies, but naked in our spirits. We are free from sin and shame. Christ nakedness clothed our nakedness.
“What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops” Jesus