They let him in, and they sat with him. They talked for an hour. Three ministers, 9 others, steeped in scripture, well-schooled in the Word.
God has established diversity among His created beings. Some are rich, some poor. Some are extraordinarily talented; some simply blend with the masses in an ocean of mediocrity.
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The fact is, the pharisee and the publican were both being honest about themselves before God. The prayer that each uttered was a truthful prayer: the pharisee did do all the right things, the publican was a sinner through and through. The humility of the publican consists in his being aware that he stands naked and alone before God; the pharisee wants to dress up his prayer with comparisons, a fig-leaf of propriety to cover his essential nakedness.
Western religious traditions commonly depict a final judgment in which the dead are made to stand naked before their God. This was how Michelangelo originally portrayed figures in the Last Judgment on the Sistine Chapel ceiling -- at least until Vatican bluenoses insisted that the figures be draped with loincloths. Curiously, although both the Old and New Testaments are much concerned with God's judgment, nowhere do they say anyone actually stands naked before God.
What does the Bible say about? The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Why is it so hard for us to be vulnerable and transparent in our walk with God? Why do we insist on walking out our lives in some area of secret shame? So, why do we hide behind people, and busy ourselves in activities to try and forget what we know we are afraid of?
What does the Bible say about? Your nakedness shall be uncovered, and your disgrace shall be seen. I will take vengeance, and I will spare no one. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked.
We suffer when we screw up, but we suffer doubly when we conceal our screwing up from each other and from ourselves. The book is part how-to, part devotional reading, part how-to, and part anthology of stories of personal loss, vulnerability, failure and redemption—stories to make you laugh and cry in equal measure. Telling the stories of our sins in a sacred setting means learning to see how God has entered those stories, turning even our failures and flaws to goodness and grace.
Lance Waldie. Genesis … Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. The question of whether Adam could have refused the fruit Eve gave him and thus kept the human race from sin is a fair question. Eve listened to the serpent, Adam listened to Eve, but no one listened to God.