SHAME

Definition
Origin of Shame
Miriam's Shame
Arrogance Feels No Shame
Shame of Exposed Genitals
Shame of Sexual Sins
Shame of Idolatry
Shame of Short Haired Women
Shame of National Cursing
Undeserved Shame
Recovery

Definition

1.  Guilt is the result of violating a law.  It began when man sinned in the Garden by violating the law of God.
2.  Shame is the personal relationship with guilt.  Shame is fear or dismay because of the guilt.
    a.  Fear of exposure of guilt is embarrassment.
    b.  Dismay is realization of personal failure, weakness, and inadequacy due to guilt.

Origin of Shame

1.  Shame began in the Garden.  After man sinned, he was ashamed of his nudity for the first time (Gen 3:7).
Spiritual Body2.  After they sinned, Adam and the woman made loin coverings to cover their genitals (Gen 3:7).
3.  Shame was centered in the genitals (associated with the genital pressure point of the spiritual body).
4.  Nudity was not a problem before the Fall because there was no sin (Gen 2:25).
5.  After Adam and Eve were saved, the Lord made clothes of animal skins for them to cover their nudity and protect their privacy (Gen 3:21).

Miriam's Shame

1.  Miriam was given leprosy because she gossiped about Moses' marriage to an Ethiopian (Black) woman (Nu 12:1, 9-10).
2.  After Moses interceded for her to be healed, the Lord made her bear her shame for seven days (Nu 12:11, 14, 15).
3.  Because of her leprosy, Miriam was ostracized and quarantined.
4.  Miriam's shame lasted 7 days, where 7 is for categorical punishment (Nu 12:15).
5.  God healed Miriam after 7 days.
6.   Thus, shame must be endured until God takes it away and the person receives Capacity for Life to overcome it.
7.  Shame is a sin like fear that requires maturity to overcome (ref. 1 Jn 4:18).

Arrogance Feels No Shame

1.  Arrogance can produce a hardened heart that feels no shame.
2.  The women of Judah before the fall of Jerusalem were under the power of the Prostitute of Babylon.  Their foreheads (mentality) were full of darkness and their genitals were exposed to the Cosmic System (ref. The Fall of Man).  They did not have the humility to blush (ref. Jer 3:3).
3.  Arrogant and insolent people are undisciplined and feel no shame.  Their conscience cannot grasp the seriousness of their circumstances.
4.  Discipline inevitably produces shame, but the shame must be faced objectively rather than harboring it and adding insult to injury.
5.  Those who learn from discipline will not become the victims of shame (Prov 13:18).
6.  Undisciplined children bring shame to their parents (Prov 29:15).

Shame of Exposed Genitals

1.  Terms for shame may be derived from words for exposed genitals.
2.  When Saul became angry with his son Jonathan, he maligned him in terms of his mother's exposed genitals.
1 Samuel 20:30
Then Saul's anger burned against Jonathan and he said to him, "You son of the perverse rebellious female!  Do I not know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of your mother's pudenda (exposed genitals)?"
     a.  "Shame" is the Hebrew tv#B{{ (bosheth), which is from the root meaning to blush.
     b.  "Pudenda" is the Hebrew hw*r=u (`revah), meaning pudenda or nakedness.
     c.  "The shame of your mother's pudenda" is a vulgarity that maligns the sex act whereby Jonathan was conceived.
3.  Exposure of the genitals was considered shameful (ref. Gen 9:22, Gen 9:23).
4.  Exposure of the shame of Jerusalem when it was destroyed by the Chaldeans was described as others seeing her genitals (Jer 13:26; Lam 1:8, 9; Ezek 16:36, 37, 38, 39).  The men were killed and the women raped (Lam 5:11-12).  The shame of Jerusalem was its destruction because of evil practices that included worship of Baal in which women became Prostitutes of Babylon, rejection of the Law, and failing under the Four Generation Curse.  The destroyed city was like a woman that had been stripped.  The destruction of Babylon was described the same way (Isa 47:3).
5.  The captives of Egypt and Ethiopia would undergo the shame of being marched naked into Assyrian captivity with their butts exposed (Is 20:4).
6.  The Hebrew hw*r=u (`revah), for pudenda was also used for the nakedness of a thing, i.e.  indecency, improper behavior (Deut 23:14; 24:1).
7.  "Uncovering the nakedness (pudenda)" was a euphemism for cohabitation (Lev 18:6-18).

Shame of Sexual Sins

1.  Sexual sins are sources of shame (as with Tamar after her rape, 2 Sam 13:19, 20).
2.  Sex outside of marriage is a sin that leads to intensified punishment and the Sin Leading to Death (Prov 5:5).
3.  Some sexual sins are worse than others and produce more shame and guilt.
4.  Sexual sins are committed in the Cosmic System and amount to idolatry whether or not there is a physical idol.
5.  Sexual sins are prevalent in nations that are under the Cycles of National Cursing and the Four Generation Curse.  Before the fall of the Northern and Southern Kingdoms of Israel, illicit sex was widespread under the worship of Baal.

Shame of Idolatry

1.  Idolatry is a vile sin that rejects God and the Second Commandment and leads to the Four Generation Curse (Ex 20:4, 5).
2.  Those who trust in idols will be utterly put to shame (Isa 42:17).  They will be destroyed under the Four Generation Curse.
3.  Those who practiced idolatry in Judah would have shame like a thief when he is caught (Jer 2:26, 27, 28).
4.  Idolatry is a shameful thing (Jer 3:24, 25; 11:13).
5.  Apostate believers in the Church are engaged in a form of idolatry in Ecumenical Babylon.  Their production of dead works, human good, and evil is a shame (ref. Phil 3:18-19; Jude 13).

Shame of Short Haired Women

1.  Very short hair or a shaved head on a woman is a sign of shame (ref. 1 Cor 11:5; 1 Cor 11:6).  The short hair indicates an authority problem.
2.  The woman who causes her husband shame is like rottenness in his bones.  She ruins him to his core.
Proverbs 12:4
A virtuous wife is the crown of her husband,
But she who causes shame is as rottenness in his bones.
     a.  The "virtuous wife" has a completed Edification Complex of the Soul.  She respects her husband and makes him a king.
     b.  The woman who causes her husband shame destroys him to his core.

Shame of National Cursing

1.  The Cycles of National Cursing produce shame in the nation.
2.  Draught causes shame (Jer 14:2, 3, 4-6).

Undeserved Shame

1.  When Job got sick from the cursing of Satan, his friends shamed him (Job 12:4).  They mocked him and had no respect for him (Job 30:9).
2.  Jeremiah was a laughingstock to all the Jews before and after the fall of Judah (Lam 3:14; Jer 20:7, 8).  The message of Jeremiah was rejected after the fall by Ishmael (Jer 41:2ff) and by those who went down to Egypt (Jer 43:2).
3.  The Jews in captivity in Babylon rejected Ezekiel (Ezek 12:22).
4.  Ridiculing the prophets is an expression of arrogance, insolence, and negative volition (Psa 69:10-11, 12; 2 Pet 3:3).  It is the sign of fools (Gen 21:9; Prov 14:9).
5.  Ridiculing the prophets is also be a sign of Satan (Neh 4:1-3).
6.  Rhymes and jingles in songs express arrogance, foolishness, and rebellion.  Music may be demon inspired (Gen 4:23-24; Dan 3:5).
7.  Moab was made a mockery because it had made a mockery of Israel (Jer 48:26, 27, 39).
8.  Jesus Christ was mocked (Ps 22:6, 7; Matt 27:29, 31, 41; Mk 15:20, 31; Lk 22:63; 23:11, 36).
9.  Undeserved shame must be rejected (Heb 12:2).

Recovery

1.  Israel will forget its shame and humiliation in the Millennium (Isa 54:4) and have a double portion of blessing (Isa 61:7).
2.  Those who were barren will be rewarded with children in the Millennium (Isa 54:1).
3.  Failure to have an Edification Complex of the Soul is the shame of nakedness of the soul (ref. Rev 3:17-18).  This shame can be overcome by learning doctrine and executing the Christian life (Rev 16:15).  There is no shame in Spiritual Self Esteem.
4.  Shame is a sin from the worry/fear complex (1 Jn 4:18).  Sanctification from shame requires Rebound (1 Jn 1:9).  The sin of shame and those sins associated with it, such as worry, fear, dismay, must be confessed to God, and then they will be forgiven.  Then appropriate Problem Solving Devices can be deployed to continue with the Spiritual life.  Over time the roots of shame will fade away (Ps 25:3; Isa 50:7).
5.   However, shame may have additional strings attached, especially when it resulted from severe trauma.  The problems can come from three sources:  The world, the flesh, and the devil.
     a.  Flesh (Old Sin Nature) shame may continue to haunt because of illusions or lack of objectivity and maturity.  When this occurs, shame and associated sins must be recognized and handled through Rebound and isolation of the sins, i.e. leaving them at the cross.  Shame, like guilt, must be handled with God and not allowed into the subconscious where it can cause mental problems.
     b.  The world if people know about the shameful problem, they may gossip and cause more shame.  Such people are in the Cosmic System.  Separation from the world is required (2 Cor 6:17).
     c.  The devil Satan and his Cosmic System may continue to accuse, curse, and cause trouble (Rev 12:10).  Satan has driven people with shame to commit suicide.  This has happened to teens who were bullied.  So, shame is not just a soulish problem.  It is a spiritual problem.  Separation from people is easy, but handling Satan requires God's help.  For example, cursing may come from the Prostitute of Babylon.  For doctrine on dealing with Satan, see Dealing with Demons in Grace.

References

1.  Larry Wood.  Sin:  The Universal Threat with Deadly Consequences, Nov. 7, 2015.
2.  Larry Wood,  Redemption, May 14, 2014.
3.  Larry Wood.  "Dealing with Demons in Grace," Sept. 11, 2016.
4.  Larry Wood.  Satan, the Super Creature, June 7, 2016.
5.  Larry Wood.  Right Man - Right Woman, May 13, 2015.

Author:  Larry Wood,   Released April 15, 2017 - Revised Apr. 18, 2017

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