How Is It My Friends?
That You Should Discover My Nakedness...
If I May Be Clothed With Righteousness Inwardly
What Shall My Outward Appearance Be?
Let Us Look Into The Perfect Law Of The Lord!
For today many brothers and sisters in Christ do err
for they have had their consciences seared, obviously becoming more intertwined with sinful behaviors rather than modest and godly behavior that is the perfect example of our LORD and his righteousness.
let us look at what GOD says about this issue!
and do we operate out of...
Ignorance Or Deliberate Actions?
Tamar knew what she was doing when she appeared in such a distinctive way. She intended to tempt and allure Judah to compromise his morals.
Because men and young men are tempted through what they see (Prov.27:20; Job 31:1), Tamar's plan was eminently successful. If you do not believe men are drawn to look at seductive and alluring women, start watching their eyes in the presence of such women.
A question that begs to be asked is, "Why would any woman who professes to know Christ as her Saviour dress in such a way as to be seductive and alluring? She may protest her clothing covers her body and the hem is below her knee; but does it highlight or accentuate parts of her body that only ought to be seen by her husband? Slit skirts are specifically designed to tease a man's eyes and appeal to his lower nature; tight, form-fitting designs shamelessly publicize body parts and contours that ought to be private; clinging or translucent materials also are specifically designed to be provocative and revealing. If a sister is honestly unaware of how her dress is defrauding every man who views her, she ought to listen to a godly, older woman (Titus 2:3) in the flock, or the Pastor's wife concerning her dress. But from what most women tell me, this type of seductive fashion is usually not accidental or ignorant. How tragic! Many, like Tamar, set out to deliberately catch the carnal eyes of men and tempt them to wrong desires even though they could technically say their bodies are "covered."
An Overwhelming Temptation
A godly David was compromised by viewing a young woman in a state of nakedness (2 Sam.12:2). The powerful impact of nakedness on a man's libido and carnal nature is so compelling, wise men will take steps to avoid such sights if at all possible. Our Lord categorically told Satan it was unlawful to tempt God (Luke 4:12); that is, put Him to the test. Any man purposely viewing pornography, x-rated materials, racy novels, or looking on wrongly-dressed women to lust after them is tempting the Lord. He is putting himself deliberately in the pathway of temptation. No man can lightly face this temptation. As the Scripture says, "many strong men have been slain by her" (Prov.7:27), wherein does this leave ordinary and weak men?
Covering: A Symbol of Righteousness
For fallen man, nakedness is a moral problem, and God provided coats of skins to cover his nakedness (Gen.3:21). This act necessitated the shedding of blood of an innocent victim, and provided "robes of righteousness" for man. Note, what God provided was a "coat," not a bikini or skimpy dress. According to Genesis 37:3, a "coat" is just what the name implies: a large outer covering for the whole body.
It seems plain that God wants most of our flesh covered! Leviticus abounds with warnings against uncovering "nakedness" of people (Lev.18), because this sign of intimacy was only for legitimate, law ful marriage partners.
With What Is Nakedness Associated?
Habakkuk 2:15 implies that drunkenness and nakedness are associated. When under control of a wrong spirit (intoxicating liquors), one will do shameful things that the Holy Spirit would never prompt us to do (Eph.5:18). Noah did the same (Gen.9).
It is also of note that the Gadarene demoniac was naked ("wore no clothes" Lk.8:27). When however, he was delivered of evil spirits he was "clothed and in his right mind" (Lk.8:35).
Nakedness was also a sign of degradation and debauchery the people of God learned from the world (Egypt). While Moses was communing with the Lord, several fell to idolatry and evil actions which included various stages of undress: "Moses saw that the people were naked" (Ex.32:25), and this nakedness was a shame, "...for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame" (Ex.32:25).
If you who are in Christ are again yoked together with unbelievers and being partakers with them in their deeds should God come against you and consume you with the breath of his very nostrils?
perhaps he will spare thee out of thy ignorance because of his eternal grace but repentance shall always be in order!
For the word of the Lord comes to you in this manner...
The Third Book of Moses,
Acts of Immorality Forbidden
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the LORD your God.
3 After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.
4 Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God.
5 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: Neh. 9.29 · Ezek. 18.9 ; 20.11-13 · Lk. 10.28 · Rom. 10.5 · Gal. 3.12 I am the LORD.
6 ¶ None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.
7 The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
8 The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness. Lev. 20.11 · Deut. 22.30 ; 27.20
9 The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover. Lev. 20.17 · Deut. 27.22
10 The nakedness of thy son's daughter, or of thy daughter's daughter, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover: for theirs is thine own nakedness.
11 The nakedness of thy father's wife's daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
12 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's sister: she is thy father's near kinswoman.
13 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister: for she is thy mother's near kinswoman.
14 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's brother, thou shalt not approach to his wife: she is thine aunt. Lev. 20.19, 20
15 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy daughter-in-law: she is thy son's wife; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness. Lev. 20.12
16 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother's wife: it is thy brother's nakedness. Lev. 20.21
17 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, neither shalt thou take her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness. Lev. 20.14 · Deut. 27.23
18 Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, besides the other in her life time.
19 ¶ Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness. Lev. 20.18
20 Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbor's wife, to defile thyself with her. Lev. 20.10
21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: Lev. 20.1-5 I am the LORD.
22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Lev. 20.13
23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. Ex. 22.19 · Lev. 20.15, 16 · Deut. 27.21
24 ¶ Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:
25 and the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.
26 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:
27 (for all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;)
28 that the land spew not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spewed out the nations that were before you.
29 For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people.
30 Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God.
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