The Dangers of Immodesty

Today’s Reading
2 Kings 19-21

An immodest person is one who lacks humility and makes such apparent to others. For example, the one who pridefully flaunts his possessions before others is an immodest person. The young lady who strategically uses her wardrobe to strategically expose her own body behaves immodestly. The man who boasts of his own skill, expertise, or experience refers to himself in an immodest way.

Although many do not realize it, being an immodest person exposes oneself to many dangers. For example, consider the example of King Hezekiah. King Hezekiah was one of the better kings that the southern kingdom of Judah ever had, but he had an immodesty problem. The Biblical record of his reign can be found in 2 Kings 18-20 and 2 Chronicles 29-32.

In his life, Hezekiah did a lot of good for Judah. Much of his early reign was spent returning to Judah’s spiritual heritage which his father, Ahaz, abandoned. It was Hezekiah who brought about some much-needed spiritual reform in the southern kingdom. He broke down the places of idol worship and severed ties with the pagan Assyrians. He is to be commended for these and other good things that he accomplished in his reign.

One time, the Babylonian king sent emissaries to Hezekiah bearing a present and letters. Hezekiah gladly received these foreign guests and gave them an exclusive tour around Jerusalem.

And Hezekiah welcomed them, and he showed them all his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his armory, all that was found in his storehouses. There was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them (2 Kings 20:13 ESV).

Hezekiah thought very little of parading his wealth in front of the Babylonian diplomats. The thought never even occurred to him that this was a very foolish thing for him to do. The prophet Isaiah told the king what his immodest display would mean for Judah.

Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the LORD: Behold, the days are coming, when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up till this day, shall be carried to Babylon. Nothing shall be left, says the LORD. And some of your own sons, who shall be born to you, shall be taken away, and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” (2 Kings 20:16-18).

Babylon returned to Jerusalem not many years after this. This time, Babylon would not come bearing gifts; this time they came bearing chains — leading Judah into captivity and plundering its treasures (2 Kgs. 24:10-17; 2 Chron. 36:6-7; Dan. 1:1-3). Do you see what I mean? Immodesty can be a very dangerous thing.

Many today are immodest and are exposing themselves to various dangers of this world. Yet, God is teaching each of us to be modest in regards to the way that we think of ourselves (Rom. 12:3; Eph. 2:9), talk about ourselves (Gal. 6:14), and present ourselves before others (1 Tim. 2:9-10). So, choose modesty. If you boast at all, then “boast in the Lord” (2 Cor. 10:17). If you are going to flaunt your treasures, then laud the treasures in heaven (Matt. 6:19-21). If you hope to impress people with your beauty, then make apparent the beauty of your Christ-redeemed spirit (1 Pet. 3:4).

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