Nudity in the Old Testament
The Bible is a big book; well, library of God breathed books actually. It takes some sixty hours to read from cover to cover. It can be done in a month if one invests two hours a day, in two months at an hour a day. In a short twenty minutes a day it can be read cover to cover in a year. It is a very good thing to do.
But as we read the Word of God there are some things we tend not to notice, unless a particular interest or inclination brings it to our attention. One of those things is the repeated incidents of nudity.
When Biblical nudity is mentioned most people immediately remember Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and hastily add that after the fall God clothed them. They then sadly misinterpret why and use it as evidence that everyone should be clothed everywhere all the time, except in very private situations. They passionately conclude that God would never endorse public nudity, never mind inspire it. No, public nudity is always a shameful thing fraught with the potential for lust and sexual sin! And after that little rant, they seem ignorant of any further incidents.
Witness of the Word and Spirit
But God was not always getting people to cover up. In fact, sometimes just the opposite.
The story of Adam and Eve is only one of many nude stories in Biblical history. As shocking as it may be to current Christian sensitivities, there were times when public nudity was inspired by the moving of the Holy Spirit, or instructed by the Word of God. And we all know that both the leading of the Holy Spirit and the instruction of the Word of God are vital to our knowing the will and the ways of God. It is safe to say that when both the Word and the Spirit agree, we have clear insight as to what God wants us to do. As surprising as it may seem, the Bible shows that both the Word and the Spirit agree that God is not always against public nudity. There are times when getting buck naked is clearly His revealed will.
Isaiah ~ Instructed by the Word of God
No one less than the very well respected Isaiah, he who declared that
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 NKJV.
This mighty Isaiah was told by the Word of the Lord to get naked and stay naked for three years.
In the year that the commander in chief, who was sent by Sargon the king of Assyria, came to Ashdod and fought against it and captured it - at that time the Lord spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go, and loose the sackcloth from your waist and take off your sandals from your feet,” and he did so, walking naked and barefoot. Then the Lord said, “As my servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot for three years as a sign and a portent against Egypt and Cush, so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptian captives and the Cushite exiles, both the young and the old, naked and barefoot, with buttocks uncovered, the nakedness of Egypt. Isaiah 20:1-4
For almost the same span of time that Jesus ministered on earth Isaiah walked the land naked, led the people of God naked; even preached, prayed and prophesied naked. When people saw him coming they saw his penis. When he got animated in ministry, they saw his cock and balls - in full swinging and bouncing motion. And when he walked away, they saw his bare bum.
Since Isaiah would travel from place to place, I suppose he could be called an Old Testament nude hiker. Sounds to me like a good example to emulate.
Micah ~ Demanded by the Situation
Micah was another naked prophet.
Because of this I must lament and wail, I must go barefoot and naked; I must make a lament like the jackals and a mourning like the ostriches. Micah 1:8
So common was it for prophets
to go bare butt that when
the Holy Spirit came upon him
and he got naked, it was
assumed that Saul was now
named among the prophets.
Saul ~ Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Saul visited the prophets and got naked.
And the Spirit of God came upon him also, and as he went he prophesied until he came to Naioth in Ramah. And he too stripped off his clothes, and he too prophesied before Samuel and lay naked all that day and all that night. Thus it is said, “Is Saul also among the prophets?” 1 Samuel 19: 23 - 24
Saul went to see the prophet Samuel. So common was it for prophets to go bare butt that when the Holy Spirit came upon him and he got naked, it was assumed that Saul was now named among the prophets. After all, that is what these wild men did under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. They got naked. Saul got naked too.
Word and Spirit Agree
This was nudity clearly commanded by the Word of God, dictated by the circumstances, and an inclination inspired by the Holy Spirit. If in the Biblical record both the Word and the Spirit permit and inspire, and sometimes even demand public nudity, it clearly indicates that it is not the shame we have perceived it to be. It is not sinful. It is not forbidden. It is not a lust laden danger. It is not a borderline activity. It is not a shocking aberration. It need not be a shameful secret. In fact, at times the situation not only requires we get naked: it is the only legitimate response. It certainly is not forbidden for those for whom it is a pleasure, joy and delight.
The Word and the Spirit agree – public nudity can be both good, and God inspired. And for some individuals, especially the prophets, it can be a regular part of their life in God.
While I agree that Adam did not have tatoos,
nor did he shave his face or his genitals,
this is still a more accurate depiction than most of
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
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Christians Enjoying Nudity and Erotica
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.