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A Survey of Bible Teaching and Christian Attitudes Toward Clothing Styles

Sermon Notes by Thomas C. Hickey, November 29, 1981; Revised June 5, 2009

  I. THE IMPORTANCE OF CLOTHING
  A. Clothing was considered a basic necessity.
  1. If a garment was taken in pledge, the law of Moses prohibited keeping it
  overnight (Exodus 22:26-27).
  26 If thou at all take thy neighbour's raiment to pledge, thou shalt deliver it
  unto him by that the sun goeth down: 27 For that is his covering only, it is
  his raiment for his skin: wherein shall he sleep? and it shall come to pass,
  when he crieth unto me, that I will hear; for I am gracious.
  2. John the Baptist taught those who had two coats to impart to him who had
  none (Luke 3:11).
  11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart
  to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
  3. Clothing was used for warmth, protection from the sun, etc.
  4. Cultural significance
  a. Clothing reflected basic needs
  b. Indicated economic standing (James 2:2-4).
  2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in
  goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
  3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say
  unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand
  thou there, or sit here under my footstool: 4 Are ye not then partial
  in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
  c. Indicated religious standing (Mark 12:38).
  38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes,
  which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,
  d. Indicated royalty or personal standing (Luke 15:22; Matthew 11:8).
  Luke 15:22 – 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the
  best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
  Matthew 11:8 – 8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in
  soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in king's houses.
  e. Reflected happiness or joy(Matthew 22:11-12), grief (Jonah 3:5-6).
  Matthew 22:11-12 – 11 And when the king came in to see the guests,
  he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 12 And he
  saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a
  wedding garment? And he was speechless.
  Jonah 3:5-6 – 5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and
  proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them
  even to the least of them. 6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh,
  and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and
  covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.

  5. The absence of clothing was shameful and immodest (Genesis 2:25; Ezekiel
   16:7; Isaiah 20:2-4).
   Genesis 2:25 – 25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and
  were not ashamed.
  Ezekiel 16:1-14 – 16 Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
  2 Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations, 3 And say, Thus
  saith the Lord God unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land
  of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite. 4 And as
  for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast
  thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor
  swaddled at all. 5 None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have
  compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing
  of thy person, in the day that thou wast born. 6 And when I passed by thee,
  and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in
  thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live. 7 I
  have caused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased
  and waxen great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments: thy breasts are
  fashioned, and thine hair is grown, whereas thou wast naked and bare. 8
  Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the
  time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness:
  yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord
  God, and thou becamest mine. 9 Then washed I thee with water; yea, I
  throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil. 10
  I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers' skin,
  and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk. 11 I
  decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a
  chain on thy neck. 12 And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in
  thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head. 13 Thus wast thou decked
  with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and
  broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast
  exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom. 14 And thy
  renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect
  through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord God.
  Isaiah 20:1-5 – 20 In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, (when Sargon
  the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took it; 2 At
  the same time spake the Lord by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose
  he sackcloth from off thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot. And he did
  so, walking naked and barefoot. 3 And the Lord said, Like as my servant
  Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and wonder
  upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia; 4 So shall the king of Assyria lead away the
  Egyptians prisoners, and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and
   barefoot, even with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt. 5 And
  they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt
  their glory.
    a. Even partial removal of clothing was considered nakedness:
  (1) David said to be “uncovered” though he was clad in a linen
  ephod (II Samuel 6:14, 16, 20).
   2 Samuel 6:14 – 14 And David danced before the Lord with
  all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.
  2 Samuel 6:16 – 16 And as the ark of the Lord came into the
  city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a
  window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the
  Lord; and she despised him in her heart.
  2 Samuel 6:20 – 20 Then David returned to bless his
  household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet
  David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day,
  who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of
  his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly
  uncovereth himself!
  (2)   Saul said to be naked though he had only removed his outer
  garment or, mantle (I Samuel 19:24).
   1 Samuel 19:23-24 – ...and the Spirit of God was upon him
  also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth
  in Ramah. 24 And he stripped off his clothes also, and
  prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down
  naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is
  Saul also among the prophets?
  (3) Peter called “naked” though he was clad in a tunic (John
   21:7).
  John 21:7 – 7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved
  saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard
  that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he
  was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.
    II. VARIATIONS IN CLOTHING STYLES
  A. Styles varied according to:
  1. Country
  2. Temperature
  3. Activity
  4. Social or economic standing (James 2:3-4).
  James 2:1-4 – 2 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ,
  the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2 For if there come unto your
   assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also
  a poor man in vile raiment; 3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the
  gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the
  poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: 4 Are ye not then
  partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
  5. Trade or craft
  6. Male or Female (Deuteronomy 22:5: I Corinthians 11:2-16).
  Deuteronomy 22:5 – 5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth
  unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so
  are abomination unto the Lord thy God.
  1 Corinthians 11:1-16 – 11 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of
  Christ. 2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and
  keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. 3 But I would have you
  know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the
  man; and the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man praying or prophesying,
  having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. 5 But every woman that
  prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for
   that is even all one as if she were shaven. 6 For if the woman be not covered,
  let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven,
  let her be covered. 7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head,
  forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory
  of the man. 8 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.
  9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
  10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the
  angels. 11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the
  woman without the man, in the Lord. 12 For as the woman is of the man,
  even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God. 13 Judge in
  yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? 14 Doth
  not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame
  unto him? 15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair
  is given her for a covering. 16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we
  have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
  7. May indicate chastity or lewdness (Proverbs 7:10; 31:22).
  Proverbs 7:10 – 10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of
  an harlot, and subtil of heart.
  Proverbs 31:22 – 22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing
  is silk and purple.
   a. Judah thought Tamar to be a harlot because she had covered her face
  (Genesis 38:14-15).
  Genesis 38:14-15 – 14 And she put her widow's garments off from
  her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an
  open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah
  was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife. 15 When Judah
  saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her
  face.

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