Greetings to the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, holy angels and saints in Christ. Today, I would like to explore another element of Timothy’s job description which is “Teach the women how to dress modestly”. Was the issue of women’s dress a problem in the early gentile church? It must have been or Paul would not have instructed Timothy to deal with it as an important part of his ministry of Overseer of the flock. Note too that Paul deals with the issue fairly early in his letters to Timothy. His exact words to Timothy were: “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” (1 Tim 2: 9, 10).
Paul gave Timothy FOUR general guidelines on how “women professing godliness” should dress:

1. They were to be taught to respond to the instructions on manner of dress in the same way in which they were expected to obey those about interceding for all men, kings and those in authority. This is why Paul began 1 Tim 2: 9 with the words “in like manner”, a clear link to the instructions that men should “pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” (1 Tim 2: 8). In other words, the women of the churches were also to obey Timothy on the issue of dress by “lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting”. Were the women of the gentile churches  difficult to deal with on the issue? What was the context in which they lived before they were saved and how did they dress in their society?
2. The women were to be taught to dress “in modest apparel” (1 Tim 2: 9). Modest means “well arranged, seemly” (Strong’s in blueletterbible.com).

3. The women were to dress with “shamefacedness and sobriety, shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array” (1 Tim 1: 9). Shamefacedness means that they should dress with “a sense of shame or honour, modesty, bashfulness, reverence, regard for others, respect”, while sobriety means that the dress should be with “soundness of mind and self-control” (Strong’s in blueletterbible.com).

4. Rather than dressing with “broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array”, they were to dress with “good works”.

Paul, these instructions give some rather tall orders to carry out and women in the twenty first century would rise in arms for their “rights”. Are there any practical applications for us today? More next time! Blessings.
Greetings to the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, holy angels and saints in Christ. Today, I would like to explore another element of Timothy’s job description which is “Teach the women how to dress modestly”. Was the issue of women’s dress a problem in the early gentile church? It must have been or Paul would not have instructed Timothy to deal with it as an important part of his ministry of Overseer of the flock. Note too that Paul deals with the issue fairly early in his letters to Timothy. His exact words to Timothy were: “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” (1 Tim 2: 9, 10).
Paul gave Timothy FOUR general guidelines on how “women professing godliness” should dress:

1. They were to be taught to respond to the instructions on manner of dress in the same way in which they were expected to obey those about interceding for all men, kings and those in authority. This is why Paul began 1 Tim 2: 9 with the words “in like manner”, a clear link to the instructions that men should “pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” (1 Tim 2: 8). In other words, the women of the churches were also to obey Timothy on the issue of dress by “lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting”. Were the women of the gentile churches  difficult to deal with on the issue? What was the context in which they lived before they were saved and how did they dress in their society?</div>
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2. The women were to be taught to dress “in modest apparel” (1 Tim 2: 9). Modest means “well arranged, seemly” (Strong’s in blueletterbible.com).

3. The women were to dress with “shamefacedness and sobriety, shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array” (1 Tim 1: 9). Shamefacedness means that they should dress with “a sense of shame or honour, modesty, bashfulness, reverence, regard for others, respect”, while sobriety means that the dress should be with “soundness of mind and self-control” (Strong’s in blueletterbible.com).

4. Rather than dressing with “broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array”, they were to dress with “good works”.

Paul, these instructions give some rather tall orders to carry out and women in the twenty first century would rise in arms for their “rights”. Are there any practical applications for us today? More next time! Blessings.

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