The first mention of earrings is found in Genesis 35:1-4, when Jacob was told by God to take his family to Bethel where they were to be presented at the altar of the Lord. But before they could be consecrated at that holy spot, Jacob told his household to “put away the strange gods that are among you… And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all the earrings which were in their ears: and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.”
Under similar circumstances a reformation took place in Exodus 33:1-6. Before entering the promised land, God told the Israelites, “I will come up into the midst of thee…therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee…And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by the Mount Horeb” (Exodus 33:5, 6). They were required to strip off the ornaments before they could enter the Promised Land.
In the New Testament, Paul wrote, “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; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works” (1 Timothy 2:9, 10).
Peter wrote in much the same manner, “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price” (1 Peter 3:1-4).
The wearing of ornaments in the scriptures portrayed sin. In the OT, Hosea the prophet said, sinful Israel “decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD” (Hosea 2:13). In the NT, John, describes the scarlet woman of sin as “decked with gold and precious stones and pearls” (Revelation 17:4). In contrast, the true church is depicted in Revelation 12:1 as a beautiful woman clothed with the glory of the sun and without ornaments.
In His service,
The BibleAsk Team