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
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.