Covered and Clothed – Mary Santos 

Introduction:  God gives directions throughout Leviticus and Deuteronomy about clothes, such as:

  1. Not wearing 2 different types of material woven together.
  2. Special clothes worn in the Temple to show position, prevent sweating, and the usage of linen.
  3. Burning moldy clothes – considered dirty, contaminated, and a health threat.
  4. Clothes are symbolic – headdress, tassels, linen, jewels, etc.

It’s summer and getting hotter, so we’ll be taking a look in the Bible about our spiritual and physical clothes, and the temptations to take them off.

I. A Lover of Chic Cover

 

Read:  Proverbs 10:12 and 17:9 – Love covers over wrongs.  This has been “in style” from OT to NT.

From the time of the Garden of Eden, when sin came in, we had to cover.  Sin = Cover.  No sin = No cover.  Why? Because there was no understanding or temptation to lust, there was no need for Adam and Eve to cover.  God had to fashion physical coverings Himself for Adam and Eve (God knows how to sew, by the way).

Jesus showed us love by His covers.  He covered over our wrongs with His death.

How are you doing forgiving people in your life?  Are you quick to remain emotional, offended, and unforgiving? How will you react the next time you’re angry now that you know these verses of your love being able to cover other’s sins and wrongs?

Read:  I Peter 4:8  This says that we should above all have a deep love that covers a multitude of sin.

II. A Passion for Jesus’ Fashion

Read:  Galatians 3:26 – 27 and Romans 13:14

When we got out of the waters of baptism, we were immediately clothed with Christ.  Remember, Jesus fashioned spiritual coverings for us just like God physically did for Adam & Eve.

We are no longer Jews or Greeks, male or female, blue or white collar, etc.  We are little Christs now.  We may be the only Jesus some people ever see.  If that is the case, how is your example before your unbelieving family, neighbors, classmates, and co-workers?  

Are you taking off Jesus’ clothes so that you can style some other fashion of your own because of insecurity, hypocrisy, bitterness, lust, selfish ambition, foul language, watching or posting inappropriate images/messages on social media, or seeking admiration?

Read:  Revelation 3:4-6 – Talks and warns us as disciples about not soiling our clothes – what are our clothes, who is our clothes? – JESUS!  Don’t make Jesus dirty and ugly in others’ eyes.

Instead, we, who are holy and dearly loved, clothe ourselves with:

Read:  Colossians 3:12  Compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience.

Mention:  I Pet 5:5 Humility, Lk 24:49 Power, 2 Cor 5:2-4 Heavenly dwelling

Forgetting to put these on is like standing completely naked in front of everyone, like not putting on your deodorant or underwear.

III. The Deep Mine of God’s Design

Read:  1 Peter 3:2 – 5a – Inner Beauty is like a deep mine filled with beautiful jewels, precious metals.

When we sin in our lack of purity or discretion in the way we dress, it’s like we put what’s precious on a pig’s snout (Prov 11:22).

Read:  1 Timothy 2:9-10 – Dress modestly, decently, properly so our good deeds show (not our bodies).

How long does it take you to get dressed and ready in the morning physically?  We need to spend more time getting ourselves spiritually ready then!

Practicals:  Ask others about how you dress or what you are wearing.  Are my shorts too short, pants too tight, shirt to clingy or cut too short or low, back or back side exposed, material see-through?  Can you see cleavage, skirt too short, clothing too suggestive, or slits to high?  If you’re humble and get advice, you won’t get offended, embarrassed, or taken by surprise because no one will even have to approach you.

Point out:  At the beach, outside the home, and during church, women must dress modestly – wear shorts and tank tops over bathing suits.  Might even need to help the brothers out with the way they dress.  Brothers should wear tank tops at the beach.  MOMS:  Even our children should be dressed modestly at the beach/church/outside the home because there are pedophiles and sex offenders out there lusting after our children.

Read Mohammed Ali’s story!  (Incredible Illustration)

Pass out copy of “Theology of Yoga Pants,” to be read in D-groups or on own.

 

 

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