Genesis chapter 2 is a very common wedding text. And then at the rehearsal the minister has to coach a blushing bridesmaid through the final verse of the reading. Gulping, they exclaim, “Is this really in the bible?!” “They were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” (Genesis 2:24) It just goes to show how very fallen we are. What was so natural and liberating in the garden is felt to be too embarassing to even name in church. It sounds so foreign – nakedness with no shame. For most people, being naked before others is the stuff of nightmares. We hate the idea of being so exposed. We want to cover up. And even if we’re all by ourselves we feel our nakedness. It’s rare to be naked and not be very aware that we’re naked.
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