Clothing in the Time of Abraham
This is how a man or a
patriarch would have dressed in
ancient times about the time of Abraham which was around 1800 BC. From
inside to out he wore an under garment which was bound by a girdle.
Ancient Clothing About 1800 B.C.
Over this he wore a coat or outer garment, sometimes called a
vesture. Around the head was the head cloth which was a scarf
wrapped around the head. He also wore sandals and carried a tall staff.
"Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours."
- Genesis 37:3
"And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in thine hand. And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him."
"Thou shalt make thee fringes upon the four quarters of thy vesture, wherewith thou coverest thyself."
- Deut 22:12
"And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean."
- Revelation 19:13-14
A Covering for Every Age
The clothing of the
ancients can help us ponder the gift of Godís covering.
We can be thankful that we donít have to wear that rough
itchy & sweltering clothing of our forbearers. We can wear blue
jeans, dresses, shirts and blouses made with a myriad of comfortable
materials. But clothing
itself points back to our initial deep-rooted problem with God.
Every other creature has a covering that comes naturally, but
we must cover ourselves. Why?
eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were
naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for
themselves. Gen. 3:7
Then the man
and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in
the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God
among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man,
"Where are you?" Gen 3:8,9
"I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was
naked; so I hid.Ē And he said, "Who told you that you were
naked? Gen. 3:10,11
Our first fore-parents
sinned and their nature changed.
They lost their sense of being covered.
No longer at one with God in peace and innocence they became
self-aware and felt shame. Then they did what we all do when we are
ashamed: cover and hide. They
experienced the cold chill of all time, a complete and horrifying
sense of disconnection from God, and from each other, a sense of
isolation, & impending doom.
They lost a very special covering, the covering of Godís
presence, His light, and His surrounding glory.
They felt exposed. They
needed to be covered.
God immediately reaches
out. He initiates.
He calls. He seeks out the lost.
He presses through the isolating shame.
He instructs by
Where are you?
Who told you that you were naked?
He lets them know He is
not going to leave them in their strong preference to be alone. He
lets them know that their shame is not His creation.
He gives them the strong truth of their condition, and
something else, something brand new: the grace of clothing.
The LORD God made
garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. Gen. 3:21
The Lord exchanged their
fig leaves, with clothing born of sacrifice.
Innocent animals died to re-cover Adam and Eve.
An innocent Eternal Son would die to re-cover mankind in
To this day we still
hide, and He still calls. We hide behind our gifts, possessions and
& presented identities. For
those who can hear His call, and are willing to come out from the
bushes and exchange their fig leaves for His covering in the
sacrifice of Christ, He has new clothing planned.
After this I looked
and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count,
from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the
throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and
were holding palm branches in their hands.
Every generation has its
clothing, all pointing back to our lost clothing of glory, our
provided covering in Godís self sacrifice, and our final
redemption when we will be clothed in the righteousness of God
The Bible mentions a lot
Isaiah 23:18 - And her
merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the LORD: it shall not
be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that
dwell before the LORD, to eat sufficiently, and for durable
10:9 - Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish,
and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of
the founder: blue and purple [is] their clothing: they
[are] all the work of cunning [men].
- And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour;
and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood
before me in bright clothing,
- When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his
father, [saying], Thou hast clothing, be thou our
ruler, and [let] this ruin [be] under thy hand:
- And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing,
and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the
poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
11:8 - But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in
soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft [clothing]
are in kings' houses.
- And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes,
which love to go in long clothing, and [love]
salutations in the marketplaces,
59:17 - For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an
helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of
vengeance [for] clothing, and was clad with zeal as a
35:13 - But as for me, when they were sick, my
clothing [was] sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting;
and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.
- For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and
stripped the naked of their clothing.
- In that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be an healer; for
in my house [is] neither bread nor clothing: make me
not a ruler of the people.
7:15 - Beware of false prophets, which come to you in
sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening
45:13 - The king's daughter [is] all glorious within: her
clothing [is] of wrought gold.
31:22 - She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her
clothing [is] silk and purple.
- They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that
[they have] no covering in the cold.
27:26 - The lambs [are] for thy clothing, and
the goats [are] the price of the field.
31:25 - Strength and honour [are] her clothing;
and she shall rejoice in time to come.
- They cause [him] to go naked without clothing, and
they take away the sheaf [from] the hungry;
- If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or
any poor without covering;