NAKEDNESS

Definition
In the Garden
Antediluvian Demons
Euphemism
Metaphor for Fall of the Nation
Naked at Birth
Prophesying Naked
Legalism and Lawlessness
Lacking the Necessities of Life
Nakedness Prohibited in Public Worship
No Nakedness in Heaven

Definition

1.  Nakedness is exposure of the genitals (the pudenda), buttocks, or nudity (Gen 2:25; Isa 20:4).
2.  Nakedness refers to the physical body; it does not refer to the soul or spirit.
3.  Hebrew hw*r=u# (`erevah) = pudenda; nakedness, implying shameful exposure; incest (Gen 9:22; Lev 18:6-18); sex (Lev 18:19; Ruth 3:4-7); Deut 24:1 (indecency)
4.  Hebrew roum* (ma`or) = nakedness; exposure of the pudenda
     a.  Hebrew hy*r=u# (`erejah) = bare (Ezek 16:39)
     b.  Hebrew <r{u@ (`erom) = naked (Ezek 16:39)
5.  Greek gumnov" (gumnos) = naked (2 Cor 5:3)

In the Garden

1.  The man and the woman in the Garden of Eden were both naked and not ashamed (Gen 2:25).
2.  After they had sinned, they were ashamed of their nakedness (Gen 2:7-9, 11).
     a.  Hebrew hr*ogj^ (chagorah) = genital coverings (Gen 2:7).
     b.  After sinning the shame of the man and the woman was centered in the genitals (Isa 20:4; Hos 2:3).
     c.  Even for the woman, the genitals got the attention not the breasts.
3.  After the fall the man and woman needed privacy; therefore, the genitals, were covered.  Covering the genitals corresponds to covering guilt.

Antediluvian Demons

1.  The fallen angels were attracted to women's bodies and proceeded to cohabit with them.  They noticed that the women were good-looking (Gen 6:1-2).
2.  Marriage of fallen angels and women produced the race of Nephilim (giants) and gods and goddesses of ancient lore (Gen 6:4).
3.  Demons still cause some types of nudism and mental illness (Luke 8:27).

Euphemism

1.  The euphemism, "uncovering the nakedness of," was used in the Mosaic Law for illicit sexual activity (Lev 18, 20; Lev 18:19).
2.  After the flood Noah got drunk and exposed himself (exhibitionism), and his son Ham saw it and "uncovered his nakedness," which is a euphemism for homosexual incest (Gen 9:21-22).
3.  Uncovering the feet was a euphemism for sex (Ruth 3:4, 7).

Metaphor for Fall of the Nation

1.  Exposing the nakedness was also a metaphor for the fall of the nation under national cursing (Deut 28:48; Isa 47:3; Ezek 16:37; 23:29; Jer 13:22; Hab 2:15).
2.  During the fall of the Southern Kingdom of Judah, the women were stripped naked and bare, raped, and slaughtered (Ezek 16:7, 22, 39).
3.  In the prophecy of Ezekiel, the Southern Kingdom was personified as a woman i.e. what would happen to the women became symbolic of what would happen to the nation during its fall.
4.  Amos described the warriors of Judah as running naked during the judgment of Judah (Amos 2:16).
     a.  Similarly, one of the followers of Jesus ran away naked when Jesus was seized to be crucified (Mk 14:51-52).
     b.  Some of the Jewish exorcists who were imitating Paul in casting out demons were beaten up, stripped, and run off naked (Act 19:16).
5.  Judah was personified as having the Chaldeans get her drunk so that she would expose her nakedness (Hab. 2:15).
6.  The world saw the nakedness of Jerusalem in its fall (Lam 1:8).
7.  The fall of Edom after it attacked Judah was symbolized by being drunk and lying down naked (Lam 4:21).
8.  Hosea in the prophecy of the destruction of the Northern Kingdom of Israel said it would be stripped naked and exposed (Hos 2:2-3).
 9.  The destruction of Ninevah (capital of Assyria) was personified by nakedness (Nahum 3:5).

Naked at Birth

1.  Mankind comes into the world naked and leaves the same way (Job 1:21; Eccl 5:15; Hos 2:3).
2.  A dead body is naked without the soul and should not be left exposed (Deut 21:22-23).

Prophesying Naked

1.  The prophets who were said to be naked in the Old Testament were not actually naked.  They took off their outer garment and were wearing only their under garment.
2.  Saul stripped naked (probably in his under garment) and prophesied when he was overcome by the Holy Spirit (1 Sam 19:24).
3.  Isaiah went naked (probably in his under garment) and barefoot for three years to prophesy the captivity of the Egyptians by the king of Assyria (Isa 20:2-4).
4.  The prophet Micah spoke of going naked, which symbolized the destruction of Judah (Micah 1:8).

Legalism and Lawlessness

1.  Nudity is not a sin.  It is appropriate in Marriage, but it may not be appropriate in other places.
2.  Nudity arouses sensitive feelings of intimacy between men and women, since nudity is associated with sex.
     a.  Hypersensitivity to nudity may be a sign of immaturity and lack of capacity for life.
     b.  Lack of sensitivity to nudity may be a sign of hardness of the heart.
3.  Lack of restraint in nudity may result in lawlessness.
4.  Lack of freedom in nudity may result in legalism.
5.  David was falsely accused of dancing naked by his jealous wife Michael when he danced before the Ark.  He was actually wearing a linen ephod, which is like a shirt that goes down to the waist.  And he wasn't naked underneath but had his loins girded (tucked in his belt) so that his legs were exposed for dancing (2 Sam 6:14-15, 16, 20, 21, 22).  God cursed Michael with barrenness for judging David (2 Sam 6:23).
     a.  If the heart is motivated by love, the viewpoint regarding nudity will not be legalistic (2 Sam 6:22).
     b.  If the heart is motivated by the Old Sin Nature, the viewpoint regarding nudity may be legalistic (2 Sam 6:20) or lawless (Gen 9:22).

Lacking the Necessities of Life

1.  Nakedness refers to being in dire need of the necessities of life (e.g. clothing) (Matt 25:36-45).

Nakedness Prohibited in Public Worship

1.  Nakedness was not allowed in public worship under the Law (Ex 20:26).
2.  Nudity was practiced in idolatry (Jer 2:20; Ezek 16:36, 39).

No Nakedness in Heaven

1.  The Church Age Believer has a uniform of glory for his resurrection body waiting in Heaven so that he will not be naked there (2 Cor 5:3).
2.  Believers in Christ are given a robe of Righteousness (white); while unbelievers are naked (Rev. 3:17-18).
3.  Unbelievers alive at the Second Advent are described as naked (without the robe of righteousness) (Rev. 16:15).  The analogy was from a Roman guard who was told to "guard his tunic," but was found asleep on guard duty.  The commanding officer set his robe on fire.  If he survived, he was marched through the streets naked, court-martialed, and executed.
 

References

1.  Larry Wood.  Doctrinal Definition, Garden of Eden,  June 13, 2015.
 

Author:  Larry Wood,   Released - June 14, 2015

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