Here is a modern definition of shame:
A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong for foolish behavior. – Dictionary.com
The truth is that we are all created naked, which is symbolic of our sinful condition.
by Mitch Kuhn
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Isa 47:3 Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man.
Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
Babies are born naked and it takes time for them to realize that to be naked is shameful. The very same thing happened to Adam and Eve in the garden.
Gen 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Adam and Eve were naked, but they just did not realize it. In order to be saved, we have to come to realize that we are in need of being saved.
Therefore God gives us laws that we will transgress, which gives us knowledge of our sin.
Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Rom 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be Justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Here is the first law ever given.
Gen 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
Gen 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Here is how God used it to manifest the sinful condition of Adam and Eve.
Gen 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Gen 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
This correlated exactly to these verses in 1 John.
1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
Lust of the flesh = good for food
Lust of the eyes = pleasant to the eyes
Pride of life = to make one wise
God knew that through Jesus Christ he created Adam and Eve marred.
Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope
This was all planned from the very beginning.
Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and In thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
Let’s examine further what is shameful about our natural condition. We start off as children of disobedience, following the ways of the world, and thus are enemies of God and are children of wrath.
Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in The lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Children naturally despise correction, and we are the exact same way.
Pro 13:18 Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, But he who regards a rebuke will be honored.
When we ignore God’s laws and correction, he will chasten us and put us to great shame.
Pro 14:11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
Pro 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
When we are disobedient, we are God’s enemies (foes).
It is shameful when we seek things that are worthless and false, because in due time God will destroy all that is false and worthless and we will be left with nothing and quite ashamed.
Psa 4:2 NKJV How long, O you sons of men, Will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness And seek falsehood? Selah
Here is a parable that explains this process.
Mat 7:24 NKJV “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:
Mat 7:25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew And beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
Mat 7:26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:
Mat 7:27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
Anything we trust in or build our life upon other than the doctrine of Jesus Christ and faith in God, will be put to shame in due time. Isaiah 44 makes this quite clear.
Isa 44:6 “Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is No God.
Isa 44:7 And who can proclaim as I do? Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me, Since I appointed the ancient people. And the things that are coming and shall come, Let them show these to them.
Who has power other than God the Father and his son Jesus Christ through whom he works all things? Not one.
Eph 1:11 NKJV In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
Isa 44:8 NKJV Do not fear, nor be afraid; Have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.’ ”
Isa 44:9 Those who make an image, all of them are useless, And their precious things shall not profit; They are their own witnesses; They neither see nor know, that they may be ashamed.
Isa 44:10 Who would form a god or mold an image That profits him nothing?
Isa 44:11 Surely all his companions would be ashamed; And the workmen, they are mere men. Let them all be gathered together, Let them stand up; Yet they shall fear, They shall be ashamed together.
There are many things that we cling to as idols for protection other than the Lord. There are many problems in our world today, just as there have been since the creation of the world.
There has always been a temptation to trust in physical riches for safety and security. It is certainly wise to plan ahead and store up in the summer months for the winter, but our ultimate security does not come from physical possessions.
1Ti 6:17 NKJV Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
As I explained in the study on Obedience, we have a banking system that is not backed by any physical asset of value. In the past, most currency was backed by Gold, so you could take your money to a bank and be given a certain amount of Gold.
Many people today are suggesting that we should not store our wealth in a currency, like the U.S. dollar for example, which is nothing more than a piece of paper and society at large agrees that it has value.
There certainly is wisdom in possessing something like gold or silver that is a real tangible asset, but this is still uncertain riches.
God can at any moment use the leaders he has placed over us to take anything we have. He can send thieves to steal our possessions, natural disasters to destroy them, or use our own foolishness to cause us to lose what we have.
We should still be diligent to provide for ourselves and our families, but always remember that God is our true security.
Psa 18:2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psa 18:3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.
Psa 91:2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
Psa 91:3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.
Psa 91:4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
Here is a parable that explains this very principle.
Luk 12:16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.
Luk 12:17 And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’
Luk 12:18 So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods.
Luk 12:19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ‘
Luk 12:20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’
Luk 12:21 “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
We will reap what we sow. If we spend our lives trying to only store up physical riches for our future security, then we will be destitute in the spirit and be put to shame in due time.
Gal 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Gal 6:8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
Christ goes on in Luke 22 to explain how we should think about our physical lives and needs.
Luk 12:22 Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on.
Luk 12:23 Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.
Luk 12:24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?
Luk 12:25 And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
Luk 12:26 If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?
Luk 12:27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Luk 12:28 If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?
It ultimately comes down to faith. Faith in God is our security. If we have been given faith, then we will not be anxious.
Luk 12:29 “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind.
Luk 12:30 For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and Your Father knows that you need these things.
Luk 12:31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.
Luk 12:32 “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Christ also tells us that sharing what we have with others will help us to store up treasure in our heavens.
Luk 12:33 Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys.
Luk 12:34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Always keep this in mind as well.
2Co 9:7 NKJV So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
1Ti 5:8 NKJV But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
There is value in work and in planning ahead for the future. We just have to be careful to be generous towards God and not make riches an idol, lest we be ashamed. God will work this out within us in due time.
Php 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;
Php 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His Good pleasure.
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