Adam and Eve were naked. Noah got drunk AND naked. King David danced half naked through the streets. King Saul wore his birthday suit to prophesy before Samuel prompting people to ask, “Is Saul among the prophets?” (Which would cause me to wonder if the prophets ran a nudist colony.)
These are just a few of the Bible characters who were known to run around in the buff. The ones I just mentioned were quite significant, however—our first parents, the man who saved all the fauna on the planet, and the first two kings of Israel (depending upon how you count them).
These people could be the central cast in a new HBO series. They could call it Naked Before God, Naked We Ran, The Nude Dude…(I could go on, but I’ll spare you the groans). The point is… Well I’m not sure what the point is, but you get the picture—and it’s not a pretty one.
With all this gratuitous lewdity (is that a word?), I can’t figure out how we got to be so prudish in the church. I mean, some of the best people seemed to be comfortable going in the all together. What ever happened to us?
Now before you start judging me (although I’m sure some of you already have), I’m not advocating we start worshiping in various states of undress. In fact, I tend to be a little on the shy side myself. Modesty is the best policy as far as I’m concerned (especially with my own body—which is the only one I can control).
My objective here is to bring a salient point to your attention. Biblical nakedness is a symbolic condition. Adam and Eve, for example were naked for a long time before they even knew it (imagine that). Noah got stinking drunk and made a mockery of himself in front of his family. David’s wife got really ticked at him. And Saul…well, he was just nuts.
Biblical nudity has a central theme running all through it. When Adam and Eve finally noticed they were, shall we say, unprotected, it was because their eyes were opened by their own sin (always naked and now finally ashamed). Noah’s sons felt the need to cover him up, even though he was in the confines of his own tent. On and on it goes until we get to the sum of the evidence. There’s something unseemly about being uncovered.
That’s where God comes in. Adam and Eve couldn’t find anything that sufficed for a good cover-up. Like Noah’s sons did for him, God provided cover for our first parents. We’re always naked before God. We can either dance before Him like David, or attempt to run and hide like Adam & Eve.
It’s quite apparent that the best course of action is to look for God cover us up. He’s the only one with the know-how anyway.