and Eve sinned, they sewed together fig leaves into aprons to
hide their nakedness because they did not want God to see them
in that condition. (Genesis 3:710). However, an apron only
covers part of the body. So God made them coats to clothe them
(Genesis 3:21). When instructing Israel in His requirements, included
were specifics in dress, e.g. a "ribband of blue" around
the hem of their garments to remind them to keep all of the commandments
of God (Numbers 15:3840); and details as to the priests'
garments when they appeared before Him in service including the
wearing of breeches under their outer garments to "cover
their nakedness" (Exodus 28).
to the apostle Paul, "all these things" are written
for our "admonition," for who constitute the Israel
of God for today? Christians (Romans 2:28, 29). The main principle
involved is that God's people should dress to represent Him correctly,
not partially covered with "aprons" because nakedness
is equated with sin and shame (2 Chronicles 28:19; Hebrews 2:15,
16; Esther 4:2; Revelation 16:15) they are not to wear clothing
of the opposite sex as that brings confusion (Deuteronomy 22:5).
In view of the present styles of dress for both men and women,
it would appear that instruction in biblical principles has been
sadly lacking. The third chapter of Isaiah is particularly interesting
on this subject. God was displeased with the "daughters of
Zion" because of their devotion to inappropriate fashions.
In the New Testament, the instruction is even more to the point:
manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with
shamefacedness and sobriety: not with broided hair, or gold, or
pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing
godliness) with good works" (1 Timothy 2:9, 10).
adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair,
and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it
be the hidden man of the heart. In that which is not corruptible.
even the orttament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the
sight of God of great price" (1 Peter 3:3, 4).
God does not
give instruction merely to deny His people. No, rather it is for
their protection because He loves them so much.
And how should
we dress? Simply. Choosing clothing of good material, modest in
length and design, not to attract attention. Men and women should
be neat, attractive, and comfortable. Consider that you are constantly
in God's presence, to cultivate habits of character, deportment,
and apparel fit for Heaven through the power of Jesus "that
the shame of thy nakedness do not appear" (Revelation 3:18).