The Shame of Fear

Adam hid himself from the Lord because he was afraid. This demonstrated that Adam was also ashamed of his fear. Adam’s confession revealed that fear is something every fallen person is ashamed of, and endeavours to keep hidden. It is a private foreboding that a person tries to allay.

We see that shame is not simply the emotions of embarrassment or regret that are associated with errant behaviour. Shame is the consequence of a person’s disconnection from the life of God and their predestined name, which are only found in fellowship with Yahweh. It is the evidence that mankind has quantifiably lost something. As such, shame is an indelible trait of fallen human nature. People are ashamed because of their loss of unity with God and with others. Because they are ashamed, fallen men and women engage in all manner of activities to conceal their fear. However, fear should be a true motivation for repentance, causing them to turn to the Lord so that they can receive His word and be reconnected with Him……………read more.

 

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