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Naked and Afraid

Naked and Afraid

Genesis 2:25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. 

This story begins with two naked adults in the woods. Now you’re listening.  

God created Adam and then Eve. And the last thing he tells us before man’s fall into sin is this: they were naked, and they felt no shame.  

Satan’s Question 

The next thing we know, Satan comes and makes them question God and themselves. He said, Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 

That’s not what God had said, but he was misdirecting them, like a magician. Eve correctly answers, We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ” 

Satan responds, You will not certainly die,” (that’s a lie). For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (that part is true). So, Satan tells a half-truth. He said they wouldn’t die, which they will. But then he said they would be like God, knowing good and evil, which was true. God even says as much later in verse 22. 

Man’s Action 

Ok, so Satan tempts and lies, then Eve acts and eats of the fruit. Adam eats as well. Immediately, they realize that they are naked, so they hide; because they are ashamed. So, the thing that God said they didn’t need to feel, they now had to feel for the rest of their lives. Next, they hear God walking in the garden.  

God’s Questions 

And this is what happened, But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’ He answered, ‘I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.’ ” 

And he said, Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” God asked where they were, not because he didn’t know where they were but because he wanted them to know he was looking for them. They were the ones who moved, not God. And then the big question, Who told you that you were naked?” God made them not to feel shame and their sin brought that on. God is saying, I made you this way (no shame). Who told you that you were something else? Who told you that you needed something more?” 

Satan does this to us all the time. He wants us to feel shame (what God never intended for us to feel). But what is shame? An excellent way to understand shame is to differentiate it from guilt. Guilt is good. We feel guilt as a result of our actions. We can change those actions, and the guilt goes away. Shame is this idea that something is fundamentally wrong with you. It believes that you are deficient, defective, or worthless as a human being. 

Satan tells us to question God: Did God say?” Satan tells us that we need more than God equipped us with. And he does it with half-truths. When we hear ourselves questioning God, we need to remember what God has told us in his word. When we feel inadequate, we need to recognize that we are created in his image. 

 

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