MODESTY IT'S FOR MEN & WOMEN

         
           It is unlikely that anyone who reads this runs around naked. But the issue is not simply nakedness. The issue is MODESTY. There is an interesting passage of scripture in the Old Testament that deals with male modesty, the modesty of the priests. Altars were never to be built so high that they needed steps. Exodus 20:25-26 says, “And .If thou wilt make me an altar of stone... Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy naked-ness be not discovered thereon.” The passage is clear. Altars were never to be built that required steps because the Lord did not want people to see up the priestly garment as he climbed the steps. Today, many people run around in less attire than the priests could possibly have exposed. Others believe it is all right for men to wear shorts but not women. May I remind you that the priests were men. Speaking of shorts, there were additional instructions describing the underwear God commanded the priests to wear. Exodus 28:42 says, “And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their naked-ness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach.” We understand two things from this passage; FIRST, they were to wear under-wear for the purpose of covering their nakedness. SECOND, the under-wear they wore was to cover from the waist to the thigh. Let me clarify what the “thigh” is. According to my dictionary, the thigh is, “the part of the human leg between the knee and the hip.” (Webster´s New World Dictionary, College Edition, 1968). The priest wore more for underwear than an increasing number of people wear in public. Was God concerned with modesty? Isaiah prophesied judgment against Babylon, who took Israel into captivity. Babylon is compared to a young woman who once was a virgin but became a prostitute. Isaiah said, “... un-cover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thighs... Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen.” (Isaiah 47:2-3). Her shame came from making bare the leg and uncovering the thigh. Many men would be sexually attracted by the un-covered thigh of a woman. She was no longer considered pure. Her immodesty is spoken of as shameful and humiliating. Perhaps women would be sexually attracted by the uncovered thigh of a man, too, The point is, many are uncovering the thigh in public today. It is a shame.

   


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