Chapter Two, Lesson Three
ADORNED PROPERLY Page
V. 9 (contd.)
** Paul will go on to give us both a negative and then a positive example
of what it means to be Adorned Properly. Let's first look at the negative example. What are
women to avoid in adorning themselves for worship?
...not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments...
** Is Paul saying that a woman is not to enter the corporate worship
time with braided hair?
No - The term he uses can generally mean hair styles.
Paul is not intending to forbid certain
kinds of hairdos, he is simply confronting any gaudy, ostentatious hairdo
that would distract attention from the Lord and the holy purpose of
** How would gold or pearls play into that concern?
The common practice of Pauls day would be for womento wear their
wealth in their hair (by braiding it throughout the hairdo) and thus
put themselves on display. cf. 1Peter 3:3-4
** What is another way women could draw attention to themselves in Pauls
By putting on costly garments. The costly dress worn by
wealthy women in Pauls day could cost as much as 7,000 denarii
(19 years of salary for the common man).
** To avoid such gaudy displays, we need to look closer at the two attitudes
behind the godly womans adornment.
modestly - comes from aidos and refers to modesty mixed
with humility. It carries the idea of Godly fear, of not wanting to
feel shame or guilt because she distracted someone from worshipping
discreetly - translates sophrosunes which means self-control,
especially over sexual passion. Here again the godly woman is to exercise
control so that neither her passion nor anyone elses are excited.
cf. Matthew 18:5-6, Romans 14:20-21, 1Corinthians 8:13
V.10 ** That covers the negative example, what is the positive
example given to us by Paul of a woman who is Adorned Properly?
She is adorned by means of good works.
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