Napsal(a) New Christian Bible Study Staff
On a natural level, there are a variety of things that can cause shame. We might be ashamed of physical weakness or ugliness; we might be ashamed of a lack of education or a menial job; we might be ashamed of a dirty house or a misbehaving child. On a deeper level we would be ashamed to have people know our dark thoughts and unspoken desires.
All of these have to do with our failings, our sense of not being good enough. And so it is in the Bible, where "shame" represents a knowledge and acknowledgement of our own evil, its hold on us and the delight we take in it.
This can be seen in the first and most famous case of shame in the Bible. When Adam and Eve were pure and innocent, they were naked and unashamed; after they ate of the Tree of Knowledge they realized they were naked, were ashamed, and sewed together fig leaves to cover themselves. Eating of the Tree of Knowledge represents the beginning of the fall of the Most Ancient Church among the earliest people, when they began questioning the Lord's leading and trusting instead in knowledge gained from their own senses and intellect. Thinking from themselves instead of from the Lord, they could see their own desire for and capacity for evil. Sewing together fig leaves represents covering over and excusing their internal evil with the desire to be good in external things.