Monday, December 7, 2015

Biblically Speaking - Mixing Garments

Part 5 in my study on what is abomination in the sight of God.

Many believers have fallen into accepting that which is abomination in the sight of God. Unless we study God's Word to learn His Mind on what is abominable, how will we know to purge ourselves from abomination? Lord willing, I will be posting the fruits of my study on the word "abomination," but feel free to leap ahead of me and study it for yourself. What is an abomination to God?

Mixing Garments
Deuteronomy 22:5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.

There has been a big debate about this verse. What, for a woman, "pertaineth unto a man?" Should a woman not wear pants? Button-up shirts? T-shirts made for men? Denim? Or does this verse mean that a man is not to try to look like a woman and a woman try to look like a man?

The keyword is "pertaineth unto" which in the Hebrew means, "something prepared, i.e. any apparatus (as an implement, utensil, dress, vessel or weapon):"

I find it very interesting that the woman is not to wear what pertains to a man (that which, from the Hebrew definition, seems prepared for a man) but the man is simply not to put on (clothe himself with) a woman's garment.

I do not want to be guilty of "reinterpreting Scripture"--especially to narrow down to "THIS is what God meant He sees is an abomination" as my own interpretation, but I personally believe that this verse lines up with another abomination in God's eyes--sodomy. He created man to be man and woman to be woman. In the world of clothing, there is a dividing line (which is becoming more faint) of masculine and feminine. For us to try to "mix things up" in appearance is to try to "borrow" the appearance of the opposite gender. This is my personal belief and you can believe differently--that's fine.


Olivia said...

I definitely agree! Your insight is refreshing and encouraging.

Amanda T. said...

Praise the Lord! :) :)

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