17Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 17Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is


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17Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

  • 17Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.



39And He spoke a parable to them: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch? 40A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.

  • 39And He spoke a parable to them: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch? 40A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.



15Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

  • 15Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.



Ignorant or untaught

  • Ignorant or untaught

  • To draw attention to themselves

  • Conformity or acceptance

  • Carelessness and a lack of forethought

  • Apathy and Indifference—they simply don’t care!





1Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, 2when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. 3Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— 4rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 5For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, 6as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror. 7Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.

  • 1Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, 2when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. 3Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— 4rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 5For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, 6as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror. 7Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.



8I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; 9in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, 10but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.

  • 8I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; 9in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, 10but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.





The danger of moral relativism…

  • The danger of moral relativism…

    • What is modest to me might not be modest to you!
    • What is chaste to me might not be chaste to you!
    • What is shameful to me might not be shameful to you!
  • The danger of engendering controversy…

    • Who is to determine specifically what is modest, shameful, chaste, meek, quiet and proper?
    • Who can say for sure what professes godliness in regards to apparel?
    • Is there only gray area or can a finer line be drawn?


Is there a more specific standard?

  • Is there a more specific standard?

    • Should we turn to the world (i.e., customs, fashions, styles and time)?
    • Should we let our individual consciences decide?
    • Should we turn to the subjective reasoning of men?
    • Should we dig deeper into God’s word to see if He has given us further guidance? – Luke 6:48
  • We must consider the whole counsel of God!

    • 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Jer. 10:23; Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 10:11; Acts 17:11




What does God consider NAKED?

  • What does God consider NAKED?

    • Gen. 2:25 – Naked and not ashamed
    • Gen. 3:7a – Naked and ashamed
    • Gen. 3:7b – Tried to cover themselves
    • Gen. 3:10 – Still naked, hid themselves and were afraid
    • Gen. 3:11God confirms their nakedness


What does God consider CLOTHED?



What does God consider CLOTHED?

  • What does God consider CLOTHED?

    • Gen. 2:21 – God clothed Adam and Eve with tunics of skin


What does God consider CLOTHED?

  • What does God consider CLOTHED?

    • Gen. 2:21 – God clothed Adam and Eve with tunics of skin
  • God set a standard “in the beginning” and He has not changed – Mal. 3:6; Heb. 13:8; Jas. 1:17



God specified clothing for the priests that would cover their nakedness – Ex. 28:40-42

  • God specified clothing for the priests that would cover their nakedness – Ex. 28:40-42

    • Tunics – kutonet
    • Linen trousers – miknas
      • To cover their nakedness
      • Covered from the loins to the thighs
  • God specified that there were to be no steps going up to the altar that their nakedness be not exposed – Ex. 20:26



If the thighs were exposed, it was shameful – Isa. 47:2-3

  • If the thighs were exposed, it was shameful – Isa. 47:2-3

    • Metaphorically speaks of Babylon, but principle holds true
    • Consistent line for the lower body!
  • If the buttocks were exposed, it was shameful – Isa. 20:4 (cf. 2 Sam. 10:4; Isa. 3:17; Jer. 13:22; Mic. 1:11)

  • If the breasts were exposed, it was nakedness – Ezek. 16:7-8

    • Metaphorically speaks of Jerusalem, but principle remains true
    • This applies to men also – cf. John 13:25




Peter cared enough to put on his outer garment in the presence of the Lord – John 21:7

  • Peter cared enough to put on his outer garment in the presence of the Lord – John 21:7

    • Naked (#1131) – clad in undergarments only (the outer garments or cloak being laid aside)
    • What do we typically do when we go swimming?
  • The man healed of a demon possession cared how he was attired – Luke 8:27, 35

    • When he was possessed, Satan had him running around naked!
    • When he was healed and in his right mind, he was clothed!




Have you ever wondered why the scriptures seem to focus on women regarding modest apparel?

  • Have you ever wondered why the scriptures seem to focus on women regarding modest apparel?

    • Women are specifically addressed regarding modest apparel – 1 Pet. 3:1-6; 1 Tim. 2:8-10
    • Men are specifically instructed not to lust after a woman – Matt. 5:28
  • “Why do I have to alter my apparel because some man cannot control his dirty mind?”

    • Do you want to be the one to cast the stumbling block? – Luke 17:1-2
    • Are you dressing to turn heads? – cf. Prov. 7:10
    • Some men will lust anyway—but it will not be because of your apparel choices!


Should we allow our children to wear immodest apparel?

  • Should we allow our children to wear immodest apparel?

    • Train them up in the way they should go – Prov. 22:6
    • Let them bear the yoke in their youth – Lam. 3:27
    • Teach them the scriptures from their youth – 2 Tim. 3:15
  • There are perverts out there who will prey on children for this very reason!



Can immodest clothing be acceptable in certain circumstances?

  • Can immodest clothing be acceptable in certain circumstances?

    • Sports?
    • Work?
    • Weddings?
    • Everyone else is wearing it?
  • In what circumstances should a Christian surrender his/her modesty?

  • In what circumstances should a Christian stop being a Christian?



The world

  • The world

    • Rom. 12:1-2
    • 1 Pet. 4:4
    • Ex. 23:2
    • 2 Cor. 10:12
  • Our conscience

    • 1 Tim. 4:2; Jer. 6:15
  • God’s word

    • 2 Tim. 2:15







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