Modesty is a complicated matter. Especially true modesty.
So, maybe you won’t agree with everything I have to say. But I have spent the last couple of weeks, praying, seeking, and pondering the truth in this matter.
It is very dear and deep in my heart, and I want to share it with you.
It is my full desire to live my life for Yahweh. Therefore, I look to Him for the answers to how to live.
I have noticed that there are many who believe that modesty is important. But each person has their their definition of what modesty truly is.
While I, myself, even have a good definition of modesty, I don’t believe that this is enough.
So, I have been seriously seeking Yahweh’s truth, as to HIS definition of what modesty is.
After all, He is our Creator. Yahweh made us, and He made modesty.
Let’s seek our Creator’s definition of modesty. Please join me in studying Biblical modest, and tell me your thoughts at the conclusion.
Modesty can mean both in manner and dress. They tend to go together because the way you dress affects how you act and how others see you.
The first instance of clothing in the Bible was right after Adam and Eve sinned.
“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.” ~Genesis 3:7
This covering is a loincloth or girdle of fig leaves. It would be the modern equivalent of shorts.
I realize that many people wear shorts, especially in the Summer. But we have to wonder how modest these are when we read what happened next.
“Yahweh Elohim (God) made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.” ~Genesis 3:21
When we read Chapter 3 in Genesis we see that the covering that they had made was not enough, it was not modest and did not cover their nakedness.
So, Yahweh made them a new perfect covering that was modest and covered their nakedness.
This garment of skins, was a tunic, a long shirt-like garment. Also called a robe or coat, or for ladies, a dress. It covers from the shoulders down. Though, it is not known how far down it went.
Photos of ancient artwork give us some examples of what they wore in the Bible era. Click HERE for just one.
~A tunic has sleeves that go down the arm about halfway in between the shoulder and elbow.
This ensures that if you lift your arms, certain private areas will not be seen.
~Also, the tunic goes down to about midcalf or the middle of the knees and ankles.
This ensures that when you sit down, certain private areas will not be shown.
We need to take this seriously!!! Yahweh has shown us what modesty is!!!
“Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate.
Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.
Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man.” ~Isaiah 47:1-3
These verses tell of a judgment, where they are shamed… How it is a shame to be naked… And this gives us a glimpse as to what nakedness is.
Bare legs… uncovered thigh…
“And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach.” ~Exodus 28:42
This was Yahweh’s command concerning the priest’s garments. It is yet another example of how important thigh exposure is.
Thigh exposure is a big deal because it is not modest. Therefore, we should be sure to cover our nakedness and be modest.
I realize that some people believe that it is fine to show your form because that’s how Yahweh made us.
But, in that case, we must ask, what the purpose of clothing is? To be fabric on skin?
Biblically speaking, there is only one person who should see your form, that is, your spouse.
Wearing tight clothing displays your body’s form and nakedness to the world. Yahweh tells us to cover ourselves and be modest.
So, what is true, Biblical modesty?
~Shirts and tops should cover the area below the collarbone, covering the full torso area.
~Shirts and tops should be long enough and loose enough to hide the shape of the rear.
~Shirts and tops have sleeves that go down the arm about halfway in between the shoulder and elbow.
~Shirts and tops should cover the reproductive parts when sitting down and standing up with your hands in the air.
~ Pants, for both genders, should be loose, not tight against the skin, so as to wrap tightly around the thighs, which is a private area according to Scripture.
~Dresses should not wrap tightly around the rear, or the waist/ belly area, which accentuates the shape of the rear and the shape of her chest.
~Dresses should go down to about midcalf or the middle of the knees and ankles.
I deeply encourage you to seek out the true meaning of modesty. If you don’t agree with what I have written, please let me know.
I want to know and do as our Heavenly Father truly wills, including being modest.
I have studied and heard what others have discovered. With great persistence and prayer, I have written this.
I am not saying that I am perfect. I, myself, will be changing my wardrobe because of this study.
Please, let me know all your thoughts, comments, and questions.
A resource to this post has been Eliyah.com. For a five-part video study on modesty, CLICK HERE.
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