Lessons about Modesty from the Garden of Eden

Garden of Eden

Genesis 3 records the fall of Adam and Eve into sin. It also contains the first prophecy of the coming Messiah to save man from sin. In addition to these two major points, this chapter also has some lessons for us about modesty, particularly as it relates to our apparel.
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Immodesty in Dress: Who is to Blame?

Moral standards are being lowered all around us. One obvious area is in the type of dress people wear. Clothing generally has become shorter, tighter, and lower-cut. The problem of immodest dress has affected members of the Lord’s church as well. Some are either so bold or so ignorant that they even dress immodestly to the assembly of the saints. Who is to blame for this rising problem among God’s people?
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Constants in a Changing World

River

This world is full of constant change. Many things come and go, whether they are people, cultures, governments, trends, or fashions. Yet the writer of Ecclesiastes noted, “There is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). The changes we see are just perpetual cycles that exist in this world. But in the midst of the changes we face in this life, there are certain fundamental truths that will always remain constant.
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Modest Apparel

Woman on the Beach

Paul instructed women to “adorn themselves in modest apparel” (1 Timothy 2:9). While this teaching was directed to women, we need to recognize that the need to dress modestly also applies to men. In the previous verse, instructions were given to men about prayer. Can women also pray? Of course, they ought to; but it is particularly important for men to heed these instructions about prayer since they have a more public role in lifting up prayers. So the instruction here regarding prayer is directed to the men. In the same way, the teaching about the need to dress modestly is addressed to women. This is not because men do not have a responsibility to heed this command, but because women are noticed more for their modesty (or in particular, their lack thereof). So both men and women are expected to dress in “modest apparel.
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