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Yet Not Ashamed

So it was that the LORD God created mankind in His own image. Male and female He created them in God’s likeness. And the man and the woman were naked, yet they were not ashamed. The LORD God blessed Adam and Eve and said: “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and rule over it. I give you dominion over every creature that I have created. I am giving you every seed-bearing plant and every seed-bearing fruit as food to eat. And to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to every creature that crawls in which there is a living soul, I am giving every plant for food.”

And the LORD God provided man with a mate and established that when a man and his wife unite, the two should become as one. God saw all that He had created and that it was very good.

And there was evening, and there was morning of the sixth day.
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Scripture reference: Genesis 1:27—31

After the creation of woman, God saw all that he had made and deemed it “very good.” In this “very good” state, creation is without sin, without sorrow, and without shame. This extends even to Adam and Eve’s perception of their own bodies: “They were naked, yet they were not ashamed.”

Generally speaking, all the animals were created with coverings: fish have scales, birds have feathers, animals have fur or course hair. But Adam and Eve were created with simple skin. They were exposed in a way that other creatures were not. Martin Luther explains,

“It was the very glory of man and would have continued to be so, had he remained in his original innocence, that while all the other animals had need of hairs, feathers, scales, etc., to cover their unsightliness, man alone was created with that dignity and beauty of body, that he could appear uncovered, in the glory of his created nakedness.”

The human body was created very good, which is a difficult thing for us to consider today since we have only ever known bodies that are subject to sin, disease, damage, and death.
 

The human body was created very good, which is a difficult thing for us to consider today since we have only ever known bodies that are subject to sin, disease, damage, and death.

But this is more than simply about the physical. A spiritual reality is made clear in this passage. Adam and Eve exist in a perfect relationship with their sinless Creator, and this is exemplified in the reality that this covering-less existence was not shameful. They were vulnerable not only with each other, but also before God. God could see all of them, and He still declared them (and all of creation) “very good.”
 

Our Response

 

Because of Christ’s sacrifice, we, like Adam and Eve before the Fall of humanity, can now stand before the holy, perfect, eternal God without fear of judgment. If we believe in Christ, His righteousness covers us as a “robe” and our sin is not shamefully exposed.

 

“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. —Isaiah 61:10 [ESV]


There is now no fear in approaching our heavenly Father. If our sin has been covered, and Christ’s honor, glory, and perfection is bestowed upon us, we are now free to come to Him at all times.

 

 

Imagine standing before the throne room of our Creator without fear or shame. Just as Adam and Eve walked with the Lord in the garden, we can now come to Him with full confidence and assurance of His love for us as His redeemed children. This week, as you dress for your day, consider the reality of the “robe” that God has given you by grace. You have been covered by His love, His grace, and His righteousness.

There is now no fear in approaching our heavenly Father. If our sin has been covered, and Christ’s honor, glory, and perfection is bestowed upon us, we are now free to come to Him at all times.

A Prayer for This Week

Most Merciful Father, we thank You that You have restored us to a right relationship with You through the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Help us to remember that You have made our bodies a temple of the Holy Spirit, and help us to care and keep them. As we face disease, sickness, and even death, help us to remember the ultimate care that You have shown for our bodies by taking on human flesh Yourself to redeem it. Help us remember the righteousness that you have given us as a gift, and help us to live lives according to that reality. Let us never forget to share the love of Christ with others. In Your name we pray., Amen.

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