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Perhaps the description of the man and woman as naked and not ashamed in verse 25 has misled us into reading primal rumpy pumpy back into the sociological comment. Or perhaps we’re just obsessed with sex.

I think part of the problem is “we are obsessed with sex”, while the other part is we are blinded to the text due to our cultural ignorance.  We tend to read everything from a world view handed down to us by Greek influence instead of from a Hebraic or ANE worldview.

Perfect example is the reference to nakedness.  We read about nakedness and instantly think about the physical body not having clothes on it.  Problem is the reference to nakedness in Ge. 2:25 has nothing whatsoever to do with physical nakedness.

The reference to nakedness has to do with ones standing before God.  Adam and Eve stood before God blameless and thus required no “covering” (they were naked).  Once they had “sinned” (disobeyed the command not to eat) they were no longer blameless.  We see this in Ge. 3:4-7.  After they “ate” their eyes were opened and they knew they were “naked”.   Of course they tried to making a “covering” for themselves (Ge. 3:7), but man cannot provide atonement for his own sin.  Only God can do this.  Thus, in Ge. 3:21 God made for them a “covering”.

In the NT Paul picks up on this in 2 Cor. 5:1-4 (this passage has nothing to do with the physical body of man – another distortion stemming from a western worldview).  Here Paul is speaking of Israel.  At the time of the writing of this Epistle, Israel was currently “covered” in their OC dwelling (their tent) – which was a building made with hands (a reference to the temple) – which is in contrast to the one “not made with hands” (2 Cor. 5:1).  But, Israel was living during the transition from one covenant dwelling to another.  Their current covenant dwelling (OC) would soon disappear (Heb. 8:13) (AD 70) to which they feared being found in a position/state of “nakedness” — being exposed before God without a covering.  But, God was also building (an ongoing process) a new “house” (one “not made with hands”, 2 Cor. 5:1) — their new covenant dwelling — to which they “groaned” (2 Cor. 5:2) to enter into and thus not be found “naked” or exposed before God.  See also Hebrews 3 for additional insight regarding Israel’s new “house” and Hebrew 4:13 on nakedness.  This same concept is also present in the robes of righteousness (Rev. 7:9), Sabbath rest (Heb. 4), New Jerusalem (Rev. 21) and Resurrection (1 Cor. 15).  It all has to do with Covenant dwelling of God’s people (Israel).

Of course none of that was directly related to your post, which was interesting, but is a very complicated topic which I don’t feel articulate enough to engage in via this method of interaction.

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