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Wild and Naked with God

Wild and Naked with God

Genesis 2:19
But for Adam [g] no suitable helper was found. 21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs [h] and closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib [i] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman, [j] ‘
for she was taken out of man.”
24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
25 The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

I wonder what that must have felt like, to be naked and feel no shame. I don’t think it can be compared to the experience of young children. They don’t know any better. It is not shamelessness. A shameless nakedness is inappropriate. When is it ok to be naked and feel no shame? Two ways, when I am alone and when I am with my husband or wife. Why?

Genesis 4 King James Version
1And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

It says that Adam knew Eve. This knowing, this knowledge gets lost in our translation. Pope John Paul in his book theology of the body describes this knowing in a unique way that could shed some light on the creation story.
He states,
“A husband and wife who truly know each other have arrived at the core of each other and both are loved at there core. At this level they constantly recognize and speak about what scholars call Unrepeatability. They both are convinced that the other is unique and cannot be repeated or replaced. They are given in marriage to each other to be known by each other.”

The atmosphere is one of protection, respect, patience, kindness, understanding and Love. An atmosphere where neither partner is absorbed or lost to the other. But where they become more of their true self when around each other. It is true Intimacy. (Into me see) It is only in this atmosphere are we ok to be naked. It is only in this atmosphere were it is appropriate to be naked.

So here we have Adam, and Eve both naked, both in intimacy with each other and God. This is where we can feel naked and feel no shame. It is in this atmosphere of intimacy That God says see into me see, and we say to God see into me see. A true test of intimacy is if you can get naked in front of the other person and feel no shame.
Shame what is it? Shame is the opposite of intimacy Shame is what happens when you are naked in the wrong atmosphere. Being naked in an atmosphere where the other person is out to humiliate you, hurt you, use you, absorb you, and disrespect you. Being naked in this atmosphere brings shame.
Why at one moment in the garden did Adam and Eve feel no shame, then the next moment feel shame? Was it because they sinned and felt horrible about there mistake of eating the apple?
Or was it something more?

Genesis 3
The Fall of Man
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 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.’ ”
4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

The snake says, “Did God Really say you must not eat from the trees of the garden? You will not surely die, God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like him, knowing good and evil.”

It was like he was whispering. God is holding out on you, He doesn’t really want you to be like him. He really doesn’t want you to see into him. He is lying to you and taking advantage of you. If he is lying about this, is he lying about his protection, his kindness, his respect, his love for you? The snake was creating an atmosphere where God was out to hurt, use, absorb, and disrespect. He was crafting within there hearts the lie that God couldn’t be trusted, he wouldn’t protect, and he had no love for them. And the bite of the apple was believing this was there atmosphere when God was around.

7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

It says they realized they were naked, they sowed fig leaves and covered themselves. It says they heard God and were afraid, not because they disobeyed God, but because they were naked. I wonder if there eyes were opened not to the fact that they sinned and were naked. I think they always knew they were naked. The leaves didn’t say oh my God I have a weenie I never saw before I need to cover it.
Could the leaves have said I don’t trust you to be intimate with me any more? There were 3 people in the Garden. And one was making the others feel uncomfortable.

C.S. Lewis in his book Prelandra said,
“As long as what you are afraid of is something evil, you may still hope that the good may come to your rescue. But suppose you struggle through to the good and find that it also is dreadful? How if food itself turns out to be the very thing you can’t eat, and home the very place you can’t live, and your very comforter the person who makes you uncomfortable? Then, indeed, there is no rescue possible: the last card has been played.”

Your very comforter the person who makes you uncomfortable? If God, the center of Goodness and Love is Evil in the center of our hearts, then what a mighty long way we have fallen. Then the last card has truly been played. But the last card wasn’t played.

I wonder how many of us lack intimacy with God, because our atmosphere is all wrong. I wonder how many of us are really uncomfortable being naked when God shows up. How does my atmosphere look? Do I live in a world where I believe God really doesn’t protect me respect me or love me? Do I hide because this God thing is just too uncomfortable? Deep down inside do I believe a lie that I cannot trust Jesus? Oh I say I do, but my belly is full of apples and my weeny is covered with leaves.

What do I do about it? God shows up, sees me covered, inside and out and says “So its like that now.” I’m sure his heart was ripped out of his chest. Like a husband who comes home with flowers for his wife only to find her in bed with another man. He must have thought, “What do I have to do to show you I can be trusted? What do I have to do to bring you back to the atmosphere I created you to live in?”

To make a beautiful, long love story short. God comes to a place in history where he says enough is enough. He comes into our world physically in the form of Jesus. He gives himself into our hands and we did to him the very thing we were afraid of him doing to us in the garden. We stripped him naked, embarrassed him, hurt, disrespected, used, hated, and murdered him. It’s as if he came to us naked saying I am not out to get you. You can give me your worst, and I will love you. You can strike me down and I will protect you, I will never use you or abuse you,
I can’t uneat the apple but I can start learning to uncover myself in His presence. God questions us. “Where are you? Don’t you realize you will become all you were meant to be by being intimate with me? I can be trusted with your nakedness. You don’t have to hide or feel uncomfortable in my presence.”

Jesus’ brutal, ugly, death restored the atmosphere of Eden. The atmosphere of protection, respect, patience, kindness, understanding and love was rekindled. An atmosphere where neither partner is absorbed or lost to the other but one where were we become our true self when we are around him. Every heartbeat on the cross was pumping. (Into me see, into me see, into me see)

Sometimes my creativity likes to think Jesus’ cross was made out of the apple tree Adam and Eve ate from. So that when we are tempted not to trust God, We are forced to see Jesus’ nail holes and blood stains. We are forced to come face to face with a God that can be trusted.