Hello, friends. I hope you are having a lovely day with your family. Today has been good, but hot. Last night the heat index was still 100 degrees at 10 pm. Wow! I’ve never known that to happen in extreme North Georgia which is where we live.
With the temperature rising, I have been taking a fresh look at our modesty standards, and what the Word of God says about it. We can look to the Bible for instruction for just about anything.
For many years, I have encouraged my young daughters to keep their thighs covered. At this point in my life, I do this naturally.
But last year, I purchased a swimsuit for one of my daughters online that ended up being shorter than I hoped it would be. I felt uneasy about it, but still allowed her to wear it. I didn’t understand my uneasiness, since by the world’s standards the suit was perfectly modest. But I felt uneasy, none the less.
Today I decided to take a better look at the Scriptures once again to see what they say about exposing our thighs, and if they are considered nakedness. The Bible is clear that we are to dress modestly. But what exactly does this mean?
I found two verses that seemed to specifically address thighs:
- Exodus 28:42 “And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach”
- Isaiah 47:2-3 “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.”
We might not think these verses apply to us. But let’s have an open mind, and see if applying what we see here to our own lives would be helpful in our walk with the Lord. At the very least, they might give us wisdom regarding our clothing choices.
Exodus 28 is talking about priestly garments. And while we might not be priests from the tribe of Levi, we can glean from this verse that a covering was prescribed from the loins unto the thighs to cover their nakedness.
In our family, I truly believe that we can take this wisdom and apply it. Covering our thighs isn’t a great burden for us. We can easily find clothing to fit the bill.
The verse in Isaiah seems to imply that uncovering our hair, lower leg, and thigh could equate to nakedness. This verse is one of the reasons why some women choose to cover their hair and entire leg at all times. While I see their point, this is something that I would need to spend much time in prayer about while considering the meaning.
It is so good to search the Scriptures when seeking God’s heart on a topic. The Lord takes nakedness very seriously, and usually ties it to exposing sensuality. This is wickedness.
But this is what the Lord wants to do for us:
“Is this not the fast which I choose,Isaiah 58:6-7
To loosen the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the bands of the yoke,
And to let the oppressed go free
And break every yoke?
Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry
And bring the homeless poor into the house;
When you see the naked, to cover him;
And not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”
I know most of us were not raised to take God’s Word so literally. But I do believe we will be blessed if we do.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you are able to keep cool this summer!