THE BIBLE naked & nakedness

Interesting  and unusual can not begin to describe this article. It starts by  looking at God’s Word concerning the word ‘Naked’ which appears(KJV), 30  times in the Old Testament and 15 times in the New. The word  ‘nakedness’ is also used in scripture and occurs 43 times (KVJ).

In  our society today, the word naked, almost always refers to being  without clothes. But about 2/3 of the time in Scripture,  naked/nakedness, is not referring to without clothes, but to sin or a  result of sin. In other words ‘Spiritually Naked’.  Here are some  examples.
In Hebrews 4:13 the meaning is unable to hide from, or hide anything from God.
Leviticus  18 and 20 uses nakedness in reference to sexual sin. ‘Uncover(ed)  nakedness’ generally speaks of incest (sex within family).
The  text of Revelation 3:17 and 16:15 is full of meaning and can include  physical nakedness, unable to hide from God, and the result of sin.
The  majority of times naked/nakedness is used in Scripture refers to sinful  behavior, or a result of sin. (2 Chronicles 28:19, Lamentations 4:21)

In  some cases the Bible uses physical nakedness to show or speak of  spiritual nakedness. In Genesis 3, after Adam and Eve ate of the  forbidden fruit, they became spiritually naked and made the first  clothes, to try to hide from God. This was probably more like camouflage  than just covering of the sexual areas (As we see in pictures). God  than sacrificed an animal, shed it’s blood and made clothes as a  covering for Adam and Eve. I believe this was probably a lamb, the first  sacrifice for sin, a covering, a type of Christ. (Hebrews 9:22)

Only  about 1/3 of the times when naked/nakedness is used in the Bible, does  it mean without clothes. In Genesis 2 Adam and Eve were naked and  unashamed. Isaiah 20, tells of God ordering His prophet Isaiah to go  barefoot and naked for 3 years, as a prophecy against Egypt and  Ethiopia. The Bible then tells of Egypt and Ethiopia being defeated and  marched into captivity barefoot and naked. 1Samuel 19:24 speaks of  Prophets prophesying naked. This seems to line up with a custom of the  priests. When God’s word was insulted or ignored (by sin) the priest  would tear off their clothes. In these cases it appears physical  nakedness was used as a picture of standing before God spiritually  naked. (Note 1)

Spiritual  nakedness caused by sin, separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2). If we  enjoy sin, we are a friend of this evil world, and an enemy of God.  (James 4:4) Yes, our sin, that creates spiritual nakedness, separates us  from God, and can send us to Hell. Only if we turn from our sin (note  3) and seek forgiveness in Jesus Christ, can we enter into Heaven. In  Jesus Christ, spiritual nakedness is cleansed by the perfect sacrifice,  of the Lamb of God (John 1:29). (Note 2) Scripture says that after a  True Christian dies, they will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ,  clothed with a pure white garment of His righteousness (Romans 13:14,  Revelation 19:8).

Remember, when you see the word ‘naked’ in Scripture, it probably has a deeper or different meaning than simply without clothes.

In His Service
Ron Stange

Note  1 The root word used for ‘naked’ from referencing paragraph, is Strongs  #6174. This same root word is used in passages such as ‘naked out of my  mother’s womb’. (Job 1:21) The meaning is clearly ‘without clothes’.
Note  2 Before Jesus died on the Cross, there were many, many sacrifices to  cover sin (sometimes thousands in one day). But today, because of the  sinless (perfect) life of Jesus Christ and His once forever sacrificial  death, never again will a sacrifice be needed. All we need to do is turn  from our sin (Note 3), accept His precious Blood sacrifice to wash away  our sin, and receive the forgiveness of God.
Note  3 Definition ‘turning from sin’: Turn to God, with true sorrow and  repentance for sin. Allow the Holy Spirit to work in our life, to help  overcome sin. Understand that we will never be perfect in this life, but  with God’s help we can live a life that gives honor to Him.

Hebrews 9:22  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
Isaiah  59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and  your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
James  4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of  the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of  the world is the enemy of God.
John  1:29  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold  the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof
Revelation  19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen,  clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Written Ronald Stange - August 2016