D. Bible

Day 1) The Proverbs 31 Woman

Read Proverbs 31:10 -31

You may have heard your mother or your pastor talk about the Proverbs 31 woman. Proverbs is a book of
good advice. It helps people know how to live wisely. One of the chapters in Proverbs is about the qualities of a
good (Jewish) wife. Read this chapter. The Proverbs 31 woman does many things: she works, she manages
her maids, she spins (with the spindle and the distaff), and she makes clothing.

Scholars debate about what v. 22 means. Some say that it means she is clothed in purple cloth. Purple was a
very expensive dye and reserved for the wealthy and noble. Others say the word means "double layered" - that
this was thick clothing for the winter, and this makes sense in the context as well. However the Proverbs 31
woman was dressed, it was certainly appropriately and of well-made garments.



Day 2) Clothing for Christian Women  Read 2 Tim 2:9 I also want the women to dress modestly, with
decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive
clothes, 10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.  (NIV)

1 Tim 2: 9 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;  10 But (which becometh women professing
godliness) with good works.

1 Peter 3: 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the
wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a
gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.


Women in 1st Century Roman culture were as much "fashionistas" as some women are today, and they may
have been even more vain!  They wore elaborate hairstyles that took hours to braid and arrange, sometimes
with gold, jewels or pearls braided into the hair. A wealthy woman might wear a dress of silk shot through with
gold threads and decorated with jewels. There are examples when a wealthy Roman wore a dress that cost
much more than the average Roman person would have made in a year (and one woman carried the receipts
to prove it!)  

This is the context in which these verses were written. The Apostles did not want wealthy Christian women to be
known only for their extravagant clothing, which would only serve to shame poorer Christians.

Different Christian denominations today interpret these verses different ways. Some denominations require
very "plain dress", while others do not.  Ask your parents to explain to you how your denomination understands
these verses.

Certainly no one can argue that these verses mean that a Christian woman should dress modestly according to
her culture, and that she should be known by her good deeds rather than by the expensive clothing that she
wears.



Day 3) Dress Like a Christian  

How, then, is a Christian to dress?  There are several things the Christian is told to "put on."  One of them is
the "new man."  When a person comes to know Christ, the new Christian is a new person inside.  The "old man"
(our sinful nature) is still there, but we are not enslaved to it anymore. We are to act like what we are: a new
person created to be righteous and holy.


Eph. 4:24 And that ye
put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.


Col 3: 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
10 And have
put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:


What are some things that our "old nature" wants us to do?
What are some things that our "new nature" wants us to do?


Day 4) Are you wearing your armor?

When Paul and the Apostles were writing the New Testament, the country of Rome controlled much of the
civilized world.  Rome had a powerful army, and Roman soldiers were a common sight.  Paul was familiar with
the armor that the Roman soldier wore, and he told Christians that they should wear "armor" too!

Eph 6: 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our
struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this
dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of
God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done
everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the
belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the
breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from
the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the
shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the
flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the
helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the
word of God.  (NIV)


Day 5) Consider the Lilies of the Field.  

As Christians we are to honestly and faithfully do the work that God has given us to do in this world. Paul says
that if a man does not work, he should not eat. At the same time, we are not to worry excessively about our
physical needs. God gives us the ability to work, and as we trust Him, he will provide for our physical needs.

These two passages come from Luke and Matthew.  Matthew, Mark, and Luke are called the
synoptic
gospels,
because they are VERY similar.

Luke 12: 27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon
in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field,
and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Matt 6:28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not,
neither do they spin:  29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of
these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the
oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?



Day 6) Put on your Wedding Garment  Read Matt 22: 1-14

This story is about a King who invited people to come to a wedding, but the guests just wouldn't come!  The
King then sent his servants out again, to bring in some guests. The servants brought in a lot of people.  As the
King was walking through the crowd, he saw a man who had not put on his wedding garment.  Most scholars
say that apparently the King had even given people fancy clothes to wear! (Remember, his servants had
brought in anyone they could find.)

But this man hadn't put on the clothes the King had provided for him. The King became angry and ordered his
servants to throw that guest out.

Just like this guest, we are clothed in rags of our own self-righteousness. We can't be good enough to please
God on our own. But when we accept God's "clothing" of Christ's righteousness, we have a beautiful wedding
garment to wear!  


Day 7) Our Future Clothing.  

In Bible-times, people did not have the bleached fabrics that we have today. Wool and linen fabrics were
washed and laid out in the sun to be bleached naturally.  Linen in particular could be made VERY fine, even
transparent, and fine, white linen was worn by wealthy and powerful people.

Fine white linen was also a symbol of righteousness. Jesus, angels, the armies of heaven, glorified saints, and
the Church are described as wearing white linen.  There are many verses that talk about this, but here are two.

Eph. 5: 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That
he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a
glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Rev. 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his
wife hath made herself ready. 8 And to her [the Church] was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen,
clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Christ offers us a robe of white linen, free of charge. All we have to do is accept it!