In Bible language to uncover the nakedness is to practice sex. Jehovah, in his law, made a series of restrictions as to sex.
- He says: “None of you shall approach anyone who are his close relatives, to uncover their nakedness: I am Jehovah. You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father, nor the nakedness of your mother: she is your mother. You shall not uncover her nakedness” (Lev. 18:6-7). The Bible says that Lot was a righteous man. “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, [Jehovah] condemned them to destruction, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was very distressed by the lustful life of the wicked (for that righteous man dwelling among them, was tormented in his righteous soul from day to day with seeing and hearing lawless deeds): the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment” (2 Pet. 2:6-9). Very well up to this point. The only problem is that Jehovah did not save the righteous Job from the incest with his two daughters (Gen. 19:31-38). Jehovah sifted the fly and swallowed the camel, and sinned against his own commandment (Lev. 18:7). And the prophetic text was not fulfilled in the life of Job, which says: “The angel of Jehovah encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them” (Ps. 34:7).
- The second prohibition of Jehovah in the law is: “You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s wife” (Lev. 18:8). Jacob had two wives: Leah and Rachel. Leah gave four children to Jacob. Rachel, however, was barren, and, envious of her sister, said to Jacob: Here is my servant Bilah; go in to her; maybe I will have children through her. And Bilah conceived and gave birth to Dan; and she conceived again and gave birth to Naphtali. Well, Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, and Leah’s son, seduced Bilah and lay with her (Gen. 30:3-8; 35:22). This incestuous act tells us the following:
- The angel of Jehovah did not keep Jacob, and did not deliver Bilah from the incest.
- Jehovah had promised Jacob that he would keep him, saying: “Behold, I am with you, and will keep you, wherever you go, and will bring you again into this land. For I will not leave you, until I have done that which I have spoken of to you” (Gen. 28:15). Once more Jehovah failed, by breaking a commandment of his law about which he was more demanding — prostitution — and says: “Cursed is he who lies with his father’s wife, because he has uncovered his father’s skirt” (Deut. 27:20; Gen. 35:22).
- The third thing that Jehovah prohibited was: “You shall not uncover the nakedness of your sister, the daughter of your father, or the daughter of your mother” (Lev. 18:9). Now, Abraham married his sister. He himself declares this to Abimelech, king of Gerar: “Besides, she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife” Gen. 20:12). Terah, Abram’s father, was not kept by Jehovah.
The worshippers of Jehovah will say that there was no law in those days. We have a scandalous case in the house of David. Amnon, David’s firstborn, had a lust for his sister Tamar. He made believe he was sick and asked his father to send Tamar to prepare him some cakes (2 Sam. 13:6). The king consented. She came, unawares of the evil intentions of the corrupt brother. He violated her and cast her out from home (2 Sam. 13:11-15).
What makes this incestuous act worse is that Jehovah, in order to punish David for his adultery with Bathsheba, said to him: “For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun” and “Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house ” (2 Sam. 12:11-12). This time Jehovah went overboard, for he broke his own law. He lied saying that he had forgiven David (2 Sam. 12:13), did not keep the daughter of David: a pure and innocent young woman, dishonored David: a man according to his own heart, and did not honor the promise he had made to David (Ps. 89:34-37).
- The fourth restriction to disordinate sex, says: “You shall not uncover the nakedness of your brother’s wife: it is your brother’s nakedness” (Lev. 18:16). And Jehovah says more: “If a man takes his brother’s wife, it is an impurity: he has uncovered his brother’s nakedness; they shall be childless” (Lev. 20:21). It is incredible that the very Jehovah, who forbids such union, gave another law through which, when a man dies without leaving no children, his brother takes the sister-in-law, and the child born from this relationship will belong to the deceased brother (Deut. 25:5-6). The worshippers of Jehovah will say: Jehovah allowed this in the case of the death of the husband; therefore there is no problem. The worshippers of Jehovah forget that the brother who is alive could be married, and in the New the widow was not permitted to remarry. Paul says: “But refuse younger widows, for when they have grown wanton against Christ, they desire to marry; having condemnation, because they have rejected their first pledge” (1 Tim. 5:11-12). The worshiper of Jehovah will say: But Paul also says that, when the husband dies, the widow can marry whoever she wishes, as long as it is in the Lord (1 Cor. 7:39). What is a marriage in the Lord? It is the marriage of two live persons, that is to say, two Christians. When marriage is a mixed marriage (that is to say, one is a Christian and the other one is of another faith), when the one that was dead dies, de ties are broken. The Bible is clear in this aspect. When someone is converted to Christ, this one has passed from death to life (John 5:24). The other ones remained dead (Rom. 5:12).
- The fifth commandment goes like this: “You shall not uncover the nakedness of your daughter-in-law: she is your son’s wife” (Lev. 18:15). Er, son of Judah, was evil, and so Jehovah killed him. Onan, Er’s brother, having married Tamar, wife of the deceased, did not want to bring up descendants for the deceased brother. This was bad in the eyes of Jehovah, and for this reason he also killed him. Tamar, knowing that her father-in-law was going to shear the sheep, took off the widow’s dresses, disguised herself, and sat by the way as a prostitute. Judah, passing by, saw her, and went in to her, thinking that she was a harlot (Gen. 38:13-19). Judah was an unclean man, for he went about sleeping with prostitutes. One more of Jehovah’s laws broken with his permission.
- Sixth commandment: “You shall not take a wife to her sister, to be a rival, to uncover her nakedness” (Lev. 18:18). And, what about this one, now? Jacob married two sisters, Leah and Rachel; and one rivaled the other.
What conclusion do we draw? To the god Jehovah, everything is licit. He forbids to kill and commands to kill (Ex. 20:13; Deut. 13:6-9). He forbids to lust, and tells to desire (Ex. 20:17; Deut. 21:10-14). He tells not to steal (Ex. 10:15), and commanded Israel to plunder the invaded cities (Deut. 2:30-35).
This god is Jehovah, the god who is just and righteous (Deut. 32:4).
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira