Deuteronomy 22:5 "A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man..."


"A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman's garment; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God" (Deuteronomy 22:5 RSV).


Yes, first I want to know the real meaning of this Scripture and that to whom was God referring here, and what are the clothes of a woman and of a man, because in my place there is confusion about women wearing trousers. People say trousers don't make women to be decent in their dress code. The argument is that the way they dress contributes to sexual immorality in the church because the trousers mostly show or reveals the whole body of woman and even the private parts because they wear tight pants.


As with much of the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy, this prohibition is based in the immediate world of the early Hebrews. Much of the energy of these books is directed at keeping the community and religions practices of the Hebrews distinct and separate from the many other Semitic tribes that surrounded them. Some of those other tribes' religious practices included a symbolic ritual of changing sexes as a part of their fertility rites. This practice was so prevalent that it is specifically forbidden here, in order to prevent Hebrews from taking on practices that are not a part of their own traditions.
Metaphysically, the statement is a warning about pretending to be other than who we truly are. The Presence and Power of God cannot be concerned with physical clothing, because God as Spirit sees us simply as spiritual beings. There is no indication that the wisdom of God chooses to define certain clothing as male and other as female; indeed, customs and styles of dress have changed dramatically since biblical times. Wearing pants, for example, was not a custom for men or women at that time. And “appropriate” clothing differs greatly from one part of the world to another.
As to the effect on sexual immorality, Jesus was quite clear, I think, that what matters is what we think, not what we wear. If we are holding lustful thoughts, the problem is with our consciousness, not with anything in the outer.

Rev. Ed