Head Coverings For Today

By James on November 22, 2013 in Head Coverings
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Head Coverings and the Body of the Messiah

 


 

The subject of head coverings has been a source of confusion for many believers in the Messiah. However, in the below study it will be evident that the reason why it is a source of confusion is because of a lack of understanding as to its purpose. We can learn its purpose by looking at one place in scripture where it is addressed quite in depth. This is in 1Corinthians chapter 11. Based on the context of the study and all the scriptures involved, it can be concluded that this chapter is talking about the need to cover our own Esteem while praying or prophesying and instead let YAHUAH’s Esteem shine forth.

 

Within 1Corinthians chapter 11 we find that there are certain principles within the word of YAHUAH that are covered after the statements of whether to cover or not cover one’s head. Because of this, I believe that understanding would be increased by covering the principles first.  Afterward, we will go through the chapter verse by verse.

 

When studying a controversial subject in the word of YAHUAH, it is good to begin by establishing things that we know to be true and then learning new things from the word of YAHUAH and building upon them.

 

Introduction

 

One thing we know to be true is that YAHUAH-SHA saves us from our sins and we know that He is our head.

 

1Corinthians 11:3 – But I would have you know, that the head of every man is the Messiah; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of the Messiah is YAHUAH.

 

According to the next scripture, men must not cover their heads or they will be dishonoring YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah:

 

1Corinthians 11:4 – Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head.

 

Verse 7 tells us why men should not cover their heads in prayer and prophesying:

 

1Corinthians 11:7 – For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, for as much as he is the image and Esteem of YAHUAH:

 

 

 

So men represent the image and Esteem of YAHUAH. In fact, this scripture says that man is the Esteem and image of YAHUAH. This is given as the reason as to why a man “indeed ought not to cover his head”. Therefore this scripture is in essence saying “Do not cover up the Esteem ofYAHUAHwhile in His presence”. 

Therefore, it is clear that the above verses say:

 

1. YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah is the spiritual head of man
2. Man is the image and Esteem of YAHUAH.
3. Man should not cover his head (YAHUAH’s Esteem) while praying or prophesying or he will dishonor his Head, YAHUAH-SHA.

 

The Esteem (Glory) of YAHUAH?

 

We come now to a more complicated portion of this study. It is important to concentrate on the words written here in order to grasp the full meaning of why a man should not cover his head. We will work from this foundation to discover why a woman should cover their head.

 

We know that Adam was the image and Esteem of YAHUAH.

 

Genesis 1:26 And El Shaddai said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.

 

However, as we all know, Adam sinned. How can man now be considered the image and Esteem of YAHUAH? Because of our sin, our image and Esteem is no longer the true image and Esteem of YAHUAH. After all, His image is a righteous image and His Esteem a righteous Esteem. But we have sinned. So how can a sinner still be the image and Esteem of YAHUAH?

 

In reality there is only ONE who is the express image and Esteem of YAHUAH.

 

Hebr 1:1 (NKJV) El Shaddai, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to Abbas by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His Esteem and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

 

So YAHUAH-SHA, the second Adam is the true image and Esteem of YAHUAH. Many other scriptures we will read agree with this concept. Please note that YAHUAH-SHA is the ‘brightness’ of YAHUAH’s Esteem. He is the WORD. 

 

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his Esteem, the Esteem as of the only begotten of Abba,) full of grace and truth.

 

So He is the Word and again He is the Esteem of Abba. We also know that the word is a lamp, a light:

 

Psalm 119:105 (NKJV) Your word is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path.

 

And YAHUAH-SHA said:

 

John 8:12 (NKJV) Then YAHUAH-SHA spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

 

So YAHUAH-SHA is the light of YAHUAH’s Esteem, the word and the express image of YAHUAH fully.

 

Adam, the first man was created in the image of YAHUAH but he sinned. YAHUAH-SHA came into the world as the ‘second’ Adam who did not sin. It is He who lives in us.

 

Roma 5:14 (NKJV) Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of YAHUAH and the gift by the grace of the one Man, YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah , abounded to many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. 17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah.) 18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

 

 

So again, it is truth that only the man YAHUAH-SHA is the true image and Esteem of YAHUAH. We (sinners) cannot alone be His full image and Esteem. But YAHUAH-SHA IN us gives us the righteousness and justification we need (through His blood ‘covering’ our sins) to be the image and Esteem of YAHUAH. YAHUAH-SHA is living in us, and while praying it is not our own corrupted image that YAHUAH sees but the Righteous Image, HIS Esteem YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah IN US. This is the true undefiled Esteem and image of YAHUAH.

 

Gala 2:20 (NKJV) “I have been crucified with the Messiah; it is no longer I who live, but the Messiah that lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of YAHUAH, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

 

So while praying and prophesying, the man must be sure not to cover his head, for in YAHUAH-SHA he represents the Esteem of YAHUAH. When we pray, we need to let YAHUAH’s Esteem (YAHUAH-SHA) be uncovered and let our own Esteem be covered. With this understanding, let’s read 1Cor. 11:7 again:

 

1Corinthians 11:7 – For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and Esteem of YAHUAH:

 

We must not be in YAHUAH’s presence (during prayer and prophesying) without the Esteem of YAHUAH-SHA upon us. To cover our heads with any other veil is not sufficient. We need the veil/covering of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah over us. For it is through Him that we are saved and have righteousness.

 

2Corinthians 3 and 4 are important chapters that will give us some insight to the importance of this. First let’s examine its context:

 

2Cor 3:1 (NKJV) Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? 2 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; 3 clearly you are an epistle of the Messiah, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living El Shaddai, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.

 

As a backdrop, Paul’s point here is that they do not need to commend or recommend themselves. They do not need some letter of recommendation from them or anyone because the Corinthians themselves are an epistle or ‘letter’ of the Messiah which is written and read by all. Later in the book, he writes:

 

2Cor 10:18 (NKJV) For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom YAHUAH commends.

 

 

 

This is also true of any believer in YAHUAH-SHA. It is YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah who commends us before all and before YAHUAH. In reality it is YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah who founded the assembly at Corinth in Acts 18.

 

4 And we have such trust through the Messiah toward YAHUAH. 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from YAHUAH,

 

So Paul recognizes that they themselves did not establish them, but in reality YAHUAH-SHA in them established them.

 

6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

 

It is true that the law condemns us, because we have not always kept it. We need justification through the righteousness of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah. Of course, now that we have been justified in YAHUAH-SHA we ought not say it is acceptable to break the law again. It is for this reason YAHUAH-SHA had to die for us in the first place.

 

7 But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the Esteem of his countenance, which Esteem was passing away, 8 how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? 9 For if the ministry of condemnation had Esteem, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in Esteem.10 For even what was made glorious had no Esteem in this respect, because of the Esteem that excels. 11 For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.

 

Now here is the important part of the chapter. Please note that it is THE ESTEEM that IS passing away, not YAHUAH’s standard of righteousness! The whole of Moses’ ministry was the giving of YAHUAH’s commandments. It is YAHUAH’s standard of righteousness. But the ministry of YAHUAH-SHA is one of SALVATION through His righteousness.

 

John 1:17 (NKJV) For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah.

 

The ministry of salvation and His righteousness has much greater Esteem than the one that condemned us with the sentence of death.

 

12 Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech– 13 unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away.

 

 

 

Again, what is passing away is the ‘Esteem’, not YAHUAH’s standard of righteousness. Unlike Moses who needed to put a veil on his face when giving YAHUAH’s commandments (His face shone), we need to let the greater Esteem (from the ministry of salvation through YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah) shine!

 

14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in the Messiah.15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.16 Nevertheless when one turns to YAHUAH, the veil is taken away.

 

The law is just too holy, spiritual and righteous when we read it unless we have forgiveness for our sins through the righteousness of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah in us! Therefore, that veil will remain unless one turns to YAHUAH through His Son.

 

17 Now YAHUAH is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of YAHUAH is, there is liberty.

 

Not liberty to sin again but liberty to come unto YAHUAH without fear of condemnation if we have sinned.

 

18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the Esteem of YAHUAH, are being transformed into the same image from Esteem to Esteem, just as by the Spirit of YAHUAH.

 

The reason that we with an “unveiled face” are looking in a mirror at the Esteem of YAHUAH is that the fullness of the Messiah’s Esteem / righteousness is in us! When we look at the full Esteem of YAHUAH, we see:

 

1.      The lesser Esteem of YAHUAH in the ministry of condemnation which was the ‘light’, the ‘word’, showing us our sin.

 

2. The greater Esteem of YAHUAH in the righteousness of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah. (Which if we choose can be in us!)

 

As we grow in the Spirit, we see as in a mirror the full Esteem of YAHUAH. In that mirror we see the light/the torah/the standard for righteousness, and therefore our sins. The light/the word (YAHUAH-SHA) is what convicts us of our sins. This is the lesser Esteem.

 

But also in that mirror we also see then we see the righteousness of YAHUAH-SHA in us, this is the greater Esteem! Therefore “as by the Spirit of YAHUAH” we grow in His knowledge and become more and more obedient to His will, we are being transformed from “Esteem to Esteem” or from one Esteem to another by the Spirit of YAHUAH. Now read this again with this as a backdrop:

 

 

 

18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the Esteem of YAHUAH, are being transformed into the same image from Esteem to Esteem, just as by the Spirit of YAHUAH.

 

It is only with the unveiled face that we can truly see the lesser and greater Esteem and thus be transformed! In YAHUAH-SHA we are the image and Esteem of YAHUAH. When we examine that image of the Esteem and righteousness of YAHUAH, we begin to be transformed into His image. And with this, other scriptures agree:

 

Roma 8:28 (NKJV) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love YAHUAH, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

 

So we are being transformed from Esteem to Esteem into the image of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah. It is HIS image that we must bear.

 

4:1 Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of YAHUAH deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of YAHUAH. 3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the El Shaddai of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the Esteem of the Messiah, who is the image of YAHUAH, should shine on them.

 

The good news of the ‘Esteem of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah’ is veiled to those who do not know Him and therefore are perishing. It is veiled because satan has blinded them who do not believe. For if they believed, then “the LIGHT of the glad tidings of the Esteem of Messiahwould SHINE ON THEM and they would be declared righteous before YAHUAH.

 

What is the glad tidings/good news of the Esteem of the Messiah? It is this:

 

Instead of us trusting in our own Esteem to approach the throne of YAHUAH (which would cause our sins to be made manifest) and instead of covering what could have been the Esteem of YAHUAH (our heads) when approaching YAHUAH we can now come to YAHUAH with the Esteem and image of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah fully upon us! So again, we need HIS Esteem to SHINE when in the presence of YAHUAH both in prayer and in prophesying! Cover it not! 

Continuing…

5 For we do not preach ourselves, but the Messiah YAHUAH-SHA the Master, and ourselves your bondservants for YAHUAH-SHA’s sake. 6 For it is the El Shaddai who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the Esteem of YAHUAH in the face of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah.

 

Verse 6 is so important and it confirms everything we have read up to this point. YAHUAH commanded the light to shine out of the darkness in our hearts/minds to give the LIGHT of the knowledge of the Esteem of YAHUAH IN THE FACE OF YAHUAH-SHA THE MESSIAH. In praying or prophesying it must be the ‘brightness of the Esteem’ and perfect ‘image’ of YAHUAH in the face of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah that Father YAHUAH must see. Remember, this is the reason Paul gave in 1Corinthians 11 that men should not cover their heads.

 

 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of YAHUAH and not of us.

 

And this, my brothers, is a treasure in our otherwise weak earthen vessels to show forth YAHUAH’s AWESOME power in redeeming our souls! HalleluYah!

 

Therefore, even though we are unveiled or uncovered by a garment of our own, we are ‘covered with the brightness of the Esteem of YAHUAH’ who is YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah. In prayer or prophesying, the only veil we need is the flesh of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah. Only then can we even approach the presence of YAHUAH:

 

Hebr 10:19 (NKJV) Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of YAHUAH-SHA, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of YAHUAH, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

 

Thus, for a man to put any other veil upon His head is to deny the sufficiency of the veil of YAHUAH-SHA. There is a reason that the veil to the Set-Apart of holies (wherein lies the mercy seat) was split in two.

 

If it is the Esteem of YAHUAH in the face of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah that is now seen by YAHUAH on the head of man, then it must be important that a man uncover his head.

 

It is because a man in YAHUAH-SHA is in reality the image and Esteem of YAHUAH through the face of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah that his head must not be not covered!

 

Now with this in mind, let’s again review the verses dealing with the uncovering of the man’s head:

 

1Corinthians 11:3 – But I would have you know, that the head of every man is the Messiah; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of the Messiah is YAHUAH.

 

1Corinthians 11:4 – Every man praying or prophesying, having his(physical)head covered, dishonoureth his(Spiritual) head.

 

Now we can understand what that means! When a man covers his head in prayer, he is dishonoring YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah, the One whose Esteem should be made manifest unto YAHUAH.

 

1Corinthians 11:7 – For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and Esteem of YAHUAH:

 

Many give their reasons as to why a man should or should not cover his head. But this scripture already gave us the reason. We only need to dig a little deeper and we can grasp the full meaning. As we have seen, verse 7 is quite a loaded verse.

 

Upon reading what is often called the ‘Old testament’ (I prefer to say Law and Prophets), we see that men ought not to cover their heads. On the surface, it would seem contradictory that Paul would say that men ought not cover their heads when it is written in the Law that the Priests ‘must’ cover their heads. The High Priest wore a miter (Heb. #4701 mitsnepheth):

 

Exod 29:6 (KJV) And thou shalt put the mitre upon his head, and put the Set-Apart crown upon the mitre.

 

Levi 16:4 (KJV) He shall put on the Set-Apart linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre (mitsnepheth) shall he be attired: these are Set-Apart garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and so put them on.

 

 

 

So we see that the High Priest wore a ‘turban/bonnet’ (Heb. #4021 migba`ah). As I will share, the head covering of the priest represents the righteousness of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah. For a man to be in the presence of Almighty YAHUAH, he must have righteousness upon him!

So let’s look into the word of YAHUAH and prove that the priestly head covering represents the righteousness of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah:

 

Exod 39:27 (KJV) And they made coats of fine linen of woven work for Aaron, and for his sons, 28 And a mitre of fine linen, and goodly bonnets of fine linen, and linen breeches of fine twined linen,

 

This word “goodly” (Heb. #6287 Pe’er) according to Brown Driver Briggs lexicon means “head-dress, ornament, turban”, yet its root word is  “Pa’ar” (Heb. #6286) which means “to glorify”. We find another variant of this same Hebrew word (#8597 tiph’arah) translated “Esteem” in the following verse:

 

Proverbs 17:6 Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the Esteem of children are their fathers.

 

Note that it is used in a similar way as in 1Corinthians 11, though in a different context. As we discussed, the Esteem of YAHUAH through YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah must be upon our heads while in His presence (such as in prayer or prophesying). This word apparently later was understood as meaning ‘head covering/turban’ when we read the story where Ezekiel was not to mourn for his deceased wife.

 

Ezek 24:16 (KJV) Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke: yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down. 17 Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of thine head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat not the bread of men.

 

The Hebrew word that is translated “tire of thine head” (translated ‘turban’ in other translations) is none other than “Pe’er” (Heb. # 6287)!

 

Let’s now read a portion of Isaiah that YAHUAH-SHA said He had fulfilled and will continue to fulfill:

 

Isai 61:1 (NKJV) “The Spirit of YAHUAH El Shaddai is upon Me, Because YAHUAH has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of YAHUAH,

 

Here is where YAHUAH-SHA stopped and said “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:21). What He had yet to fulfill was the following:

 

And the day of vengeance of our El Shaddai; To comfort all who mourn, 3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of YAHUAH, that He may be glorified.”

 

Note that one of the things that YAHUAH said YAHUAH-SHA would do is give His people “beauty for ashes”. Ashes were often put upon the heads of those who were in great distress (2sam 13:19). YAHUAH-SHA said that He would give us “beauty” instead.

 

A startling revelation is that this word “Beauty” is actually the Hebrew word “Pe’er” (# 6287) which we described above as meaning “head-dress, ornament, turban”. With its root word in “Pa’ar” meaning “to glorify” then we can truly understand that this is yet another parallel showing that it is the Esteem from YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah that will cover our heads! According to the above verses, it is the Messiah who will give us “beauty/Esteem/bonnets for ashes”. Rather than having ashes on our heads, we will have something glorious. Perhaps the ashes (created by burning) represent what we might have had without YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah, death and damnation by burning in the lake of fire! Now let’s read this last verse again:

 

3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of YAHUAH, that He may be glorified.”

 

Only with the Esteem of YAHUAH that comes from YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah can we truly be “trees of righteousness” for it must be His righteousness that covers us! Now the following point will put this point into concrete it is important that we understand this. As we talked about earlier, it is because of YAHUAH-SHA’s covering that WE are the Esteem and image of YAHUAH. Now look again at the last portion of this verse:

 

3b The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of YAHUAH, that He may be glorified.

 

We have the Esteem of YAHUAH upon our heads, we are trees of righteousness…’that He (YAHUAH) may be glorified!’ It is only when we have YAHUAH-SHA’s righteousness upon us and YAHUAH’s Esteem upon us that we are the true image and ESTEEM OF YAHUAH.

 

So yet again we see that we are the Esteem of YAHUAH through the righteousness of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah upon us! This is displayed beautifully in Isaiah 61 with the head covering imagery! Let’s look at yet another verse proving this:

 

 

 

Exod 28:39 (av) And thou shalt embroider the coat of fine linen, and thou shalt make the mitre of fine linen, and thou shalt make the girdle of needlework. 40 And for Aaron’s sons thou shalt make coats, and thou shalt make for them girdles, and bonnets shalt thou make for them, for Esteem and for beauty.

 

Note that again, the bonnet is for ‘Esteem and beauty’. “Esteem” is the most often translated word for both of the Hebrew words here that are translated ‘Esteem and beauty’. The Hebrew word translated “Beauty” in the above verse is none other than #8597 tiph’arah, the same word we examined earlier that was used in Proverbs 17:16 to say that the “the Esteem of children are their fathers“. So it all fits in so well! We need only seek it out.

 

Yet again, let’s further verify this. Notice that the material used for the turbans is linen:

 

Levi 16:4 (NKJV) “He shall put the Set-Apartlinen tunic and the linen trousers on his body; he shall be girded with a linen sash, and with the linen turban he shall be attired. These are Set-Apartgarments. Therefore he shall wash his body in water, and put them on.

 

According to the book of Revelation, linen is a symbol for righteousness:

 

Rev 19: 7-8 “let us rejoice and be glad and give Him Esteem, for the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.  Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear, for the fine linen is the righteousness of the Set-Apart ones.”

 

So it can be clearly seen what the head covering has ALWAYS represented, namely the Esteem of YAHUAH through the righteousness of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah. This righteousness MUST be upon our heads!

 

When the High Priest entered the temple and went beyond the veil into the most Set-Apartplace, he would need to have a representation of YAHUAH-SHA upon him. But should we (who have been sanctified and redeemed unto YAHUAH by the righteousness of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah…the Esteem of YAHUAH…and our salvation) have any need for any other covering than the one given, namely YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah Himself? Scripture says no. To do so is to dishonor our Head.

 

Today, some are claiming to justify the Jewish tradition of wearing a kippa (a round skullcap), or covering your head with a Talit (a rectangular garment) while praying. One of the main points made by those who hold to this belief is what they believe to be a mistranslation in 1Corinthians 11:4. They believe the phrase “head covered” is a mistranslation of the Greek which has “Kata Kaphalay”:

 

 

 

1 Corinthians 11:4Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head.

 

They instead translate the Greek phrase “Kata Kaphalay” as having something “down over your head” like a woman’s head covering. Thus, they believe that Paul was simply pointing out that any man wearing a woman’s head covering is dishonoring the Messiah. But is this true? Was Paul really only talking about a woman’s head covering?

 

To help us answer this question, let’s look for other possible places where this same Greek phrase is used. It isn’t used anywhere else in the “New Testament” scriptures. However, the Septuagint (a Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures dating to 200-300 BCE) uses the exact same phrase “kata kaphalay” in the below verse when referring to Haman’s head covering:

 

Esther 6:11-12So Haman took the robe and the horse, arrayed Mordecai and led him on horseback through the city square, and proclaimed before him, “Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!” 12 Afterward Mordecai went back to the king’s gate. But Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered.

 

The phrase is also correctly translated “head covered” in English translations of this Greek phrase. This was after Haman was humiliated by having to parade through town and honor Mordecai. Unless we think that Haman wanted to go and make a fool of himself even more by putting on a woman’s head covering as he traveled to his house, it can safely be concluded that “kata kaphalay” simply means “head covered.” There is no need to add anything else to that.

 

The whole point in 1Corinthians 11 is that believing men don’t need a head covering during prayer to represent the Esteem of YAHUAH through YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah, we already have it. In baptism, we died with Him and so we are also raised with Him. It is He who lives in us. Thus, the old Adam died and neither Adam nor his Esteem should be manifested in YAHUAH’s presence. YAHUAH-SHA (the second Adam) needs to be what YAHUAH sees.

 

So to place a head covering upon our heads is to dishonor Him. In the same way the temple veil was torn away when YAHUAH-SHA entered the Set-Apart of Holies and sat down at the right hand of Abba so that we would be able to come before YAHUAH, any head covering should also make way for the Esteem of YAHUAH, YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah living in us. We ARE His body, the body of Messiah. Those who are in YAHUAH-SHA can approach the presence of YAHUAH through His veil:

 

 

 

Heb 10:19 (NKJV) Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of YAHUAH-SHA, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of YAHUAH, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkledfrom an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

For those men who think they need the head covering while praying, they need to read the Torah. For it was only the High Priest who was commanded to wear one, not the common man. And if you are going to wear one because the High Priest wore one, then why stop with the head covering? You should also wear the linen tunic & sash, the crown, the breastplate with the 12 stones, and don’t forget the blood of a young bull as a sin offering and a ram as a burnt offering when you enter the Set-Apart of holies (Leviticus 16)! In reality, it represents the righteousness we receive through YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah, and unless you are a High Priest entering an earthly tabernacle (which represents the heavenly), you have no need of any representation at all. He is supposed to already be living in YOU. Don’t dishonor Him by wearing a head covering, for when you cover your head while praying or prophesying, you dishonor your Head: YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah. Paul said so, and he refers to the “Old testament” to prove his point. And for those who reject this simply because Paul said it but it isn’t in the Torah, then you also need to refuse to be baptized in the name of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah, for that isn’t commanded in the Torah either. The truth is, we need to be baptized and we need to understand what it all represents: The old Adam dying and YAHUAH-SHA living in us. The head covering issue is connected to this. If He lives in you, don’t dishonor Him by covering the image and Esteem of YAHUAH: YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah living in you.

 

Time and time again it is revealed that there is more written about YAHUAH-SHA in the Law and Prophets than there is in what is called “New Testament” scripture. The more one reads what is called the “New Testament”, the more he will find what is called the “Old Testament” within! In my mind there is no ‘new testament’ or ‘old testament’, it is all scripture and it is all the will and word of YAHUAH.

 

Head Coverings for Women

 

The following section will require humility on the part of women who read it. In fact, I have yet to meet a proud woman who would accept what is about to be shared. It is necessary that the above section on the “Esteem of YAHUAH” be understood before one can begin to understand why women must cover their head in prayer. If there have been areas in the above section that were not understood, feel free to email me and I will try to find a better way to explain it.

 

Concerning the head coverings for women, let’s first look at the principles involved in 1Corinthians. The backdrop to the entire chapter is the following verse:

1Cor 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is the Messiah; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of the Messiah is YAHUAH.

 

Why is this even mentioned? As we will see, it has to do with the woman receiving the Esteem of YAHUAH-SHA through the man.

 

This leads us to another principle we have established. The image and Esteem of YAHUAH is the man who has the righteousness of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah upon them. But what is the Esteem of man?

 

1Cor 11:7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and Esteem of YAHUAH; but woman is the Esteem of man.

 

This scripture says that the woman is the Esteem of man. This is important to know. As was mentioned in the beginning of this study, the whole point of this entire chapter is that we cover our own Esteem but let YAHUAH’s Esteem shine forth. Now, what is a Esteem to the woman?

 

1Cor 11:15 (NKJV) But if a woman has long hair, it is a Esteem to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering.

 

Please note that the Greek word used for ‘covering’ here is different than the Greek word used for ‘cover’ in all of the previous verses. Both can mean ‘cover’ but both cover in a different way. This verse states that the hair of a woman is a woman’s Esteem. Now while it is true that the hair covers a woman’s head, it is also true that the veil will cover both her head and her hair.

 

Again, this scripture accurately states that the hair covers the head of the woman. However, her long hair is a Esteem to her therefore it ALSO must be covered by the veil! This is proven when we read the earlier verses of this chapter:

 

1Corinthians 11:5 – But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. 6 – For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

 

Now, I would like to read those scriptures with the facts that we have currently established:

 

1. The head of the woman is man.
2. The woman is the Esteem of the man.
3. The hair is a woman’s Esteem.

 

With this understanding, let’s insert the facts (based on scripture) into the verses:

 

1Cor 11:5 (NKJV) But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered(Esteem is revealed)dishonors her head (husband), for that is one and the same as if she were shaven(her Esteem removed but man’s Esteem the woman remains uncovered)

 

If a woman prayed with her veil removed, it would be like having her hair shaven. Why? Because in both cases she is rejecting the authority of the man in her prayer! Whether she prays with her Esteem (hair) revealed or her hair shaven, it still is either the Esteem of woman (her hair) or the Esteem of man (woman) present during in her prayer!

 

Both the man and woman should keep their own Esteem covered while praying or prophesying and only let the Esteem of YAHUAH (YAHUAH-SHA, the brightness of His Esteem) through the uncovered head of the man be made manifest. We must keep our own Esteem covered! This is why we are commanded to pray in YAHUAH-SHA’s name and why such prayer is powerful – because YAHUAH looks at His son’s glorious righteousness shining through the uncovered man! In this way neither the man’s nor the woman’s prayers will be hindered!  The man and woman need to be in right relationship to each other in YAHUAH’s sight.

 

1Cor 11:11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in YAHUAH.

 

The importance of this relationship is also expressed in the following verse which we see is related to the effectiveness of prayer!

 

1Pet 3:5 (NKJV) For in this manner, in former times, the Set-Apart women who trusted in YAHUAH also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him master, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror. :7 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.

 

So to review, there are 2 problems with a woman not covering her head in prayer. First, the prayer dishonors her head (the man) by ignoring his authority in YAHUAH-SHA. Secondly, it is a prayer with HER Esteem being manifest rather than letting the Esteem of YAHUAH be manifest (YAHUAH-SHA) through the man.

 

 

In both cases she is attempting to proclaim the Esteem of man or Esteem of woman rather than the letting Esteem of YAHUAH (which is YAHUAH-SHA, the image and Esteem of YAHUAH) shine forth through the man in her prayer. This is why the discussion begins with this verse:

 

1Cor 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is the Messiah; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of the Messiah is YAHUAH.

 

It has everything to do with the chain of authority in YAHUAH-SHA. Let’s recap the facts:

 

1. The head of the woman is man.
2. The woman is the Esteem of the man.
3. The hair is a woman’s Esteem.
4. The man is the head of the woman.
5. Only the Esteem of YAHUAH should be present in prayer or prophesying.
6. We are to cover our own Esteem

 

These facts are further established in verse 6. Let’s insert these into the verse:

 

6 – For if the woman be not covered(her own Esteem being manifested), let her also be shorn(cut off that Esteem): but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven (her Esteem cut off), let her be covered (veil her own Esteem and the Esteem of man).

 

So it is better to uncover the Esteem of man (the woman) by shaving off the hair than to uncover the Esteem of woman (her hair) while praying. If you aren’t going to cover both the head and the hair with a veil, shave off the head so that your own selfish Esteem be not manifested!

 

Please note that this is not an interpretation based on history books or conjecture but this is an interpretation based on what is said in the chapter itself. Oftentimes it is easier for us to look to another source for information on how to interpret Paul’s writings but it can be found time and time again that Paul gives the reasons for what he is saying right there in the context of the verse and almost every single time it comes from the “Old Testament” scripture! In this case he is referring back to Genesis.

 

Now some would like to say that the above verses should be interpreted this way:

 

1Cor 11:5 But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered (has short hair) dishonors her head (man), for that is one and the same as if she were shaven (completely cut off)

 

Would it really dishonor the husband so much if a woman had short hair? It seems more likely that it would dishonor the woman because her own Esteem is removed! In this light, how can short hair be the same as shaven hair? Either short hair/shaven hair is the same or short hair/shaven hair is different. If they are the same, then the verse doesn’t make any sense. If they are different, then why does it say they are ‘one and the same’?

 

6 – For if the woman be not covered (her hair is short), let her also be shorn (cut all the hair off): but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven (her hair all cut off), let her be covered (have long hair).

 

Thus it can not be speaking of the difference between having long hair and short hair while in prayer to YAHUAH. Here are several reasons:

 

1. There is no reason in scripture as to why a woman having short hair would be dishonoring her head (man).
2. Having short hair is not really one and the same as being shaven.
3. Where does one draw the line between short hair and long hair? It is very debatable at what point a hair would become long.
4. The woman with long hair is not covering her Esteem as scripture clearly states should be done.
5. Once a person has short hair they cannot grow it back quickly, whereas this seems to be the expectation of verse 6
6. If long hair/short hair were the issue here then it would be a problem at ALL times, not just praying and prophesying.
7. Paul says a man should be uncovered because he is the image and Esteem of YAHUAH. The long hair/short hair doctrine totally  misses this important point.
8. A man having short hair has nothing to do with the image and Esteem of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah.
9. If a man took a Nazirite vow (as Paul did in Acts 18:18 and four brethren did in Acts 21:23) then they would not be permitted to pray because a Nazirite vow involved not cutting your hair (Num 6:5). If they prayed, then according to this interpretation they would be dishonoring their head since long hair is supposed to be the covering.
10. Scripture says in 1Cor 11:10 that the covering is a “sign of authority because of the angels”. How could a woman’s hair length (her own Esteem) be a sign of authority? It doesn’t make any sense.

 

With the veil covering the head and hair of a woman, a man’s Esteem is covered…the woman. A woman’s Esteem is covered…her hair. But YAHUAH’s Esteem (YAHUAH-SHA, the sinless perfect image) in His presence is uncovered!!

 

Let’s recap the facts concerning the veiling of a woman:

 

1. The woman is the Esteem of the man.
2. The long hair of a woman is a Esteem to her.
3. The long hair of a woman covers her head.
4. The veil covers both the hair (her Esteem) and the woman (the Esteem of the man).

 

 

The woman must go through the man in order to receive the Esteem of YAHUAH through YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah. Even so, the man can only receive the Esteem of YAHUAH through YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah. This is truly very beautiful and in full context of 1 Corinthians 11.

 

Verse by verse

 

Now that we have this foundation laid, let’s go through this issue 1 Corinthians chapter 11, verse by verse:
 

1Cor 11:1 (kjv) Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of the Messiah. 2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. 3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is the Messiah; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of the Messiah is YAHUAH. 4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.

 

We need YAHUAH-SHA in us as the brightness of the Esteem of YAHUAH. If we cover that in prayer, then we are in essence doubting that YAHUAH-SHA in us is the Esteem needed to approach Abba. Even though the standard of Righteousness has not changed as defined in the law of YAHUAH, our position before YAHUAH HAS.

 

There was a custom in the 1st century (not in scripture) that we can read in historical books that states the common man would often cover his head while praying to YAHUAH. But in YAHUAH-SHA, the man need not cover his head again when approaching YAHUAH, but can come ‘boldly to the throne of grace’ because of YAHUAH-SHA’s righteousness in us.

 

There is a heavenly priesthood, as scripture has foretold:
 

Psal 110:1 (NKJV) YAHUAH said to my Master, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” 2 YAHUAH shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies! 3 Your people shall be volunteers In the day of Your power; In the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning, You have the dew of Your youth. 4 YAHUAH has sworn And will not relent, “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.”

 

With this, another scripture agrees:
 

 Heb 7:20 (NKJV) And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath 21 (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him: “YAHUAH has sworn And will not relent, `You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek’ “),

 

The purpose of sacrificing animals for our sins was fulfilled when YAHUAH-SHA came to earth and became that sacrifice. He is our Passover lamb, our righteousness. When it comes to sacrificing an animal for our sins, we have no need for we already have that sacrifice. Yes, it is true that Paul made offerings in the temple when he was purified with certain men:

 

Acts 21:26 (NKJV) Then Paul took the men, and the next day, having been purified with them, entered the temple to announce the expiration of the days of purification, at which time an offering should be made for each one of them.

 

But it is not true that we need an animal’s blood to cover our sins. We have the righteous blood of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah covering our sins forever:

 

Heb 9:24 (NKJV) For the Messiah has not entered the Set-Apart places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of YAHUAH for us; 25 not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Set-Apart Place every year with blood of another– 26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

 

Over and over again (particularly in Hebrews) it is written that the priesthood of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah is a spiritual one. The sacrifices are spiritual, the temple is spiritual, everything is spiritual. This why men also only need the spiritual covering of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah upon their head when we spiritually come into the presence of YAHUAH. We already have the veil needed to appear righteous unto YAHUAH while in His presence:

 

Heb 10:19 (NKJV) Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of YAHUAH-SHA, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of YAHUAH,
22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water
.

 

 

This is the veil we need brothers! His flesh, our veil is all we need! We need not place a physical veil our heads as a symbol for righteousness, we need not sacrifice a physical lamb to appear righteous unto YAHUAH. We have YAHUAH-SHA’s righteousness upon us when we repented, were baptized and accepted YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah as our Atonement for sin!! We do not need to sacrifice a Passover lamb to make us righteous and we do not need to wear a cloth on our head to make us appear righteous in YAHUAH’s sight. What’s more…

 

Heb 4:15 (NKJV) For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 

When YAHUAH sees us…He must see YAHUAH-SHA and His righteousness in us. We dishonor our head (YAHUAH-SHA) by not letting YAHUAH’s Esteem shine forth. We ought not to cover our head and bring dishonor to YAHUAH-SHA. A man’s prayer is hindered without the Esteem of YAHUAH (YAHUAH-SHA in him). If you have not thoroughly read the previous 2 parts of this study, you may not fully understand all the scriptures that are involved in proving this point. I would encourage anyone who remains unconvinced to read this study all at once and in its entirety before drawing any certain conclusions. Now let’s move on to the women’s head covering as outlined in 1Corinthians 11.

 

5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. 6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

 

As for a woman, she is the Esteem of man, for the woman was made for the man. A woman’s Esteem is her hair. With the veil, a man’s Esteem is covered (the woman) and a woman’s Esteem is covered…her hair.

 

But YAHUAH’s Esteem (YAHUAH-SHA, the sinless perfect image) in His presence remains uncovered. Our Esteem is a lesser Esteem…and an unworthy Esteem. Again, the only Esteem that should be uncovered is YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah, the Esteem of YAHUAH!

 

If a woman were to uncover her Esteem, then it would dishonor her head (the man) because she is in effect saying she doesn’t need the man’s authority in YAHUAH-SHA to have YAHUAH-SHA’s Esteem appear to YAHUAH. She is trying to bypass him and act as a male! She is without authority to do so.

 

For YAHUAH’s Esteem to be upon the woman, the men in the assembly should remain uncovered in prayer and the woman must remain covered. Let’s examine one place in the Law/Torah that discusses the head covering of a woman:

 

Numb 5:12 (NKJV) “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: `If any man’s wife goes astray and behaves unfaithfully toward him, 13 `and a man lies with her carnally, and it is hidden from the eyes of her husband, and it is concealed that she has defiled herself, and there was no witness against her, nor was she caught– 14 `if the spirit of jealousy comes upon him and he becomes jealous of his wife, who has defiled herself; or if the spirit of jealousy comes upon him and he becomes jealous of his wife, although she has not defiled herself– 15 `then the man shall bring his wife to the priest. He shall bring the offering required for her, one-tenth of an ephah of barley meal; he shall pour no oil on it and put no frankincense on it, because it is a grain offering of jealousy, an offering for remembering, for bringing iniquity to remembrance. 16 `And the priest shall bring her near, and set her before YAHUAH.

 

Now notice that the woman is brought before the presence of YAHUAH. This is important.

 

17 `The priest shall take Set-Apart water in an earthen vessel, and take some of the dust that is on the floor of the tabernacle and put it into the water. 18 `Then the priest shall stand the woman before YAHUAH, uncover the woman’s head, and put the offering for remembering in her hands, which is the grain offering of jealousy. And the priest shall have in his hand the bitter water that brings a curse.

 

Now what was the significance of uncovering the woman’s head? As we have discussed, the man’s covering is the Esteem of YAHUAH, the righteousness of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah. And as we have discussed, the Messiah is the head of a man and the man is the head of the woman. In order for a woman to have the Esteem of YAHUAH upon them, they must go through the man’s authority! They must have a sign of authority upon their head if they want to come in the presence of YAHUAH! That sign of authority is the head covering. This authority to come in the presence of YAHUAH must come through the man.

 

19 `And the priest shall put her under oath, and say to the woman, “If no man has lain with you, and if you have not gone astray to uncleanness while under your husband’s authority, be free from this bitter water that brings a curse. 20 “But if you have gone astray while under your husband’s authority, and if you have defiled yourself and some man other than your husband has lain with you”–

 

 

Here is another translation:

 

Numb 5:19 (ylt) `And the priest hath caused her to swear, and hath said unto the woman, If no man hath lain with thee, and if thou hast not turned aside to uncleanness under thy husband, be free from these bitter waters which cause the curse; 20 and thou, if thou hast turned aside under thy husband, and if thou hast been defiled, and any man doth give his copulation to thee besides thy husband–

 

The priest REMOVED the protection and righteousness that the woman might have had through the man so that the following curse would be effective!

 

21 `then the priest shall put the woman under the oath of the curse, and he shall say to the woman–“YAHUAH make you a curse and an oath among your people, when YAHUAH makes your thigh rot and your belly swell; 22 “and may this water that causes the curse go into your stomach, and make your belly swell and your thigh rot.” Then the woman shall say, “Amen, so be it.”

 

If the woman had despised the authority of the man by committing adultery against him then surely this curse would have been performed because she just performed an oath in the presence of YAHUAH while her head was uncovered! Normally, an oath could have been revoked by her father or her husband

 

Numb 30:13 (NKJV) “Every vow and every binding oath to afflict her soul, her husband may confirm it, or her husband may make it void.

 

HalleluYah! Even then, a man’s protection and righteousness through YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah was important!! The accused woman was coming before YAHUAH and performing an oath without that protection upon her, AND without the righteousness of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah upon her through the man! Therefore, it was totally necessary that the woman’s head be uncovered during this process!

 

It is a beautiful truth that the woman’s head covering also represents her willingness to submit to her husband’s authority given to him by YAHUAH. Her ‘adorning’ is:

 

1Tim 2:8 (NKJV) I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up Set-Apart hands, without wrath and doubting;

 

9 in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing,

 

10 but, which is proper for women professing righteousness, with good works. 11 Let a woman learn in silence with all submission.

 

With this, Kepha/Peter agrees:

 

1Pet 3:5 (NKJV) For in this manner, in former times, the Set-Apart women who trusted in YAHUAH also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands,

 

6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him master, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.

 

This relationship that exists between the husband and wife is much like the relationship that exists between the YAHUAH-SHA and His bride, the assembly:

 

Eph 5:25 (NKJV) Husbands, love your wives, just as the Messiah also loved the church and gave Himself for her,  26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be Set-Apart and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.

 

Likewise, I believe that the husbands will be held accountable for how they have led their wives as part of their works on this earth. It is a beautiful relationship in that the Body of Messiah truly is ‘one flesh’, HalleluYah! Without the man’s submission to His head, YAHUAH-SHA and without the wife’s submission to her head (the man), there is no unity (Echad). The action of a woman covering her head is an act of recognizing the authority of the man. Woe to the woman who departs from the protection and authority and righteousness of the man through YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah!! For it must be the Esteem of YAHUAH through the righteousness of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah that must be present in prayer, not the Esteem of man and not the Esteem of woman but the Esteem of YAHUAH, HalleluYah!

 

7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and Esteem of YAHUAH: but the woman is the Esteem of the man.

 

This scripture shows what we discussed earlier about the man (through YAHUAH-SHA) is the image and Esteem of YAHUAH. The man is not righteous in and of himself, the man needs YAHUAH-SHA’s righteousness upon him to become the Esteem of YAHUAH!

 

 

 

It is for this specific reason that we do not cover our head (who is YAHUAH-SHA) now while praying or prophesying.
 

8 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. 9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

 

This is where it is reiterated that the man is the image of YAHUAH, not the woman. Also here it is proven that the man was not created for the woman but the woman was created for the man. This concept is what is behind the principles of authority in this chapter and in the other scriptures as well.
 

10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.

 

This Greek word translated “Power” (#1849) is also translated “Authority” in this scripture:

 

Matt 7:28 (NKJV) And so it was, when YAHUAH-SHA had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, 29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

 

So let’s read this scripture again with this meaning in mind:

 

10 For this cause ought the woman to have authority on her head because of the angels.

 

It is the veil that gives the woman the authority to come to YAHUAH. Without her own Esteem and the Esteem of man being covered, she has no authority to come to YAHUAH because she is not respecting YAHUAH’s order and letting the Esteem of YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah shine forth through the man!

 

For those who believe that the woman’s hair is what gives her the authority to come to YAHUAH, this is where such a statement really stands out as incorrect. How can a woman’s hair give her any authority? How can a woman’s Esteem give herself authority? Is it not YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah’s Esteem through the man that a woman needs to be in the presence of YAHUAH?

 

The reason the woman is the man’s Esteem is because she was created for him. While in prayer and in prophesying, the woman (who is the man’s Esteem) needs to cover the man’s Esteem (that of fallen Adam) as well as her own by placing the sign of authority on her head.

 

Because of the Angels?

 

Concerning the phrase “Because of the angels”, there are many interpretations of this. It seems to come out of nowhere and has caused much conjecture as to its meaning. One interpretation states that the angels would again ‘see that the daughters of men were fair’ and would be tempted to sin like the fallen angels of old. One problem with this is that the angels are present at any given time, not just praying and prophesying. What if she’s in the shower? I’m not saying it is definitely wrong, but ‘to me’ it seems unlikely. Another interpretation says that the angels of YAHUAH would be shocked at the conduct of the women when they are uncovering their heads in prayer or prophesying. I suppose this is possible but the scripture says that the women ought to have the ‘sign of authority on her head BECAUSE of the angels’. The Angels seem to be the whole purpose of the head covering here and this doesn’t really line up with the rest of the chapter.

 

Something that I have examined in this verse is the original language. Unlike the English language where ‘angel’ always refers to a spiritual being, in Hebrew and Greek there is a dual meaning. The Greek word used for ‘angel’ (#32 angelos) here is most often translated ‘angel’ but is translated ‘messenger’ 7 times in the KJV. In each case it is translated messenger, it is referring to a person, not an angelic being. Here is an example:

 

Luke 7:24 (NKJV) When the messengers of John had departed, He began to speak to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?

 

The word ‘messengers’ here is the word in question. It is the Greek word most often translated “Angel” (angelos, #32). So we can see that in Greek, this word has a dual meaning. What about Hebrew?

 

In Hebrew, the word has the same basic dual meaning only with even greater variation. The Hebrew word “Malak” (#4397) is translated ‘angel’ 111 times and ‘messenger’ 98 times. Here is a great example of this:

 

Mala 2:7 (NKJV) “For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge, And people should seek the law from his mouth; For he is the messenger of YAHUAH of hosts.

 

This is an interesting verse! YAHUAH calls the priest a ‘malak’ because from his mouth the people would learn the instruction and teaching of YAHUAH. Now that YAHUAH-SHA has come, men also have been given this responsibility in the body of YAHUAH-SHA. As it is written:

 

1Tim 2:12 (NKJV) And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve.

 

 

 

With this in mind, let’s read the verse in question again. This time we will insert the alternative translation:

 

10 For this cause ought the woman to have authority on her head because of the messengers.

 

“Because of the messengers!” This makes far more sense in my view because it is “because of the men/messengers” and their authority in YAHUAH-SHA that the women would have to cover their head! And this fits the context of the verse like a glove:

 

11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in YAHUAH‘ 12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of YAHUAH.

 

This clarifies that although woman is from the man, man cannot now exist without the woman for she gives birth to the man in childbearing….however all things are of YAHUAH.

 

13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto YAHUAH uncovered?

 

Remember, Paul said earlier that if a woman wanted to pray with an uncovered head, “Let her also be shorn“. In other words, if you are going to try the bypass the male by uncovering your head and then shaving off your own Esteem, judge in yourselves if this is something desirable:

 

14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? 15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a Esteem to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

 

Again, the Greek word translated ‘covering’ is different in this verse than the Greek word translated ‘covering’ in the previously quoted scriptures.

 

No such custom?

 

16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the assemblies of YAHUAH.

 

Many regard the above statement to be grounds for dismissing the entire teaching on the head covering. Then they say that since it is an issue of contention in the body of Messiah, we should dismiss the need for a woman to have her head covered and a man to have his head uncovered while praying or prophesying. But remember what was written earlier:

 

 

 

 

 

1Corinthians 11:4 – Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head.

 

If it is really the head covering issue that is spoken of in verse 16, then Paul is basically saying “If anyone wants to contend with you and chooses to dishonor YAHUAH-SHA, then go ahead and let everyone dishonor YAHUAH-SHA and forget everything I just said!” If someone wanted to dishonor YAHUAH-SHA in any way, we should be quick to rebuke them.

 

John 5:22-23 For Abba judges no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 23 That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor Abba. He that honors not the Son honors not Abba which hath sent him.

 

John 8:54 YAHUAH-SHA answered, If I honor myself, my honor is nothing: it is my Father that honors me; of whom ye say, that he is your El Shaddai:

 

Even the Heavenly Father honors YAHUAH-SHA. When you dishonor YAHUAH-SHA you also dishonor Abba also. This is certainly an important issue so is cannot be what verse 16 was talking about. So what was verse 16 talking about?

 

Some have said that the verse speaks of the custom of “being contentious”. In other words, they would understand the scripture to basically be saying “If anyone wants to be contentious, being contentious is not a custom of ours or the assembly’s.” I suppose this is one possible way of looking at it. However, in the verses prior Paul was speaking of the question of long hair for a woman and short hair for a man. It seems to me that Paul would have to recognize that there were exceptions to this. The Nazirite vow would require a man to grow their hair long and would require a woman taking the vow to shave their head when the vow is over.

 

Numbers 6:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto YAHUAH:

 

Numbers 6:18 And the Nazarite shall shave the head of his separation at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall take the hair of the head of his separation, and put it in the fire which is under the sacrifice of the peace offerings.

 

Other instances requiring the shaving of hair are found in Deuteronomy 21:12 and Leviticus 13:33, 14:8-9. Paul himself took a Nazirite vow in Acts 18:18 so this was something still being practiced by believers in YAHUAH-SHA.

 

So I can see why Paul would need to make it clear that a man having short hair and a woman having long hair was not something that was officially sanctioned by the assembly. Of course, these verses in the Torah present a major problem for those who believe that Paul was speaking of hair all throughout the chapter since a Nazirite man whose hair grew long would not be able to pray without dishonoring YAHUAH-SHA and a woman whose hair was shaven would not be able to pray without dishonoring her husband. We can be certain that YAHUAH would never have permitted the Nazirite vow if it was dishonoring to Him in any way.

 

In conclusion I would like to share some more scriptures that will solidify the interpretations given in this study. The principles behind all of this is Authority and Esteem. In scripture, whether one has long or short hair has nothing to do with authority.

 

To recap:

 

Man is the image and Esteem of YAHUAH. Woman is the Esteem of man. A woman’s Esteem is her hair. While in YAHUAH’s presence, we do not want the Esteem of Adam or Eve present because the old man is dead and we are a new creation in YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah. With the veil over the head and hair of a woman, man’s Esteem is covered (the woman) and a woman’s Esteem is covered–her hair. But YAHUAH’s Esteem (YAHUAH-SHA, the sinless perfect image) in His presence remains uncovered. Our Esteem is a lesser Esteem–and an unworthy Esteem. The only Esteem that should be uncovered is the Esteem of YAHUAH through YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah! If a woman were to uncover her Esteem, then it would dishonor her head (the man) because she is saying she doesn’t need her husband’s authority in YAHUAH-SHA to have YAHUAH-SHA’s Esteem appear to YAHUAH.

 

She is trying to bypass him and act as a male! This was the temptation of Eve, to rise up out of her position and “be like El Shaddai”. But she is not a man and should not be acting like one. For YAHUAH-SHA’s Esteem to be upon the woman, the man must remain uncovered in prayer and the woman must remain covered. With the veil, both the woman (her husband’s Esteem) and her hair (The wife’s Esteem) are covered and YAHUAH-SHA’s Esteem shines forth in our humility!! Therefore, scripture says if you aren’t going to cover that hair, cut it off so that you have no Esteem at all!!

 

A common question I have received is whether or not an unmarried person is supposed to wear a head covering. From what I see in scripture, it is more so a man-woman issue (though it is ultimately fulfilled in the husband and wife). In fact, Paul never specifically says “husband and wife” in 1 Corinthians 11. In a general sense women are under the authority of men. For this reason, I believe that all women — including divorced, widowed and even young girls — who are essentially women in training — ought to wear the head covering.

 

 

Another question I often receive is whether a woman should wear a head covering at all times. According to scripture, it is only needed when praying or prophesying. However, there is a scriptural principle of “praying without ceasing” (1Thess. 5:17). In other words, keep the lines of communication with YAHUAH always open. Having to locate and put on a head covering every time can be a hindrance to that. As believers, we will often say short little prayers during the day as various circumstances arise.

 

A spiritually minded woman could hardly go an hour without praying. Also, we do want to follow the principle of “praying in secret” that YAHUAH-SHA shared (Mat 6:6). If a woman wore a head covering always, she could pray often in secret and only her and YAHUAH would know. Then our Father, who sees in secret, will reward her openly. May it be so!

 

The Esteem of YAHUAH

 

This concludes the study on head coverings, however I would like to share 2 parallels in scripture that reveal YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah as the Esteem of YAHUAH. Both of these scriptures are in what is called the “Old Testament”. It is important that we concentrate on what it taking place here:

 

Ezek 11:17 (NKJV) “Therefore say, `Thus says YAHUAH El Shaddai: “I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.” ‘ 18 “And they will go there, and they will take away all its detestable things and all its abominations from there. 19 “Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, 20 “that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their El Shaddai. 21 “But as for those whose hearts follow the desire for their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their deeds on their own heads,” says YAHUAH El Shaddai. 22 So the cherubim lifted up their wings, with the wheels beside them, and the Esteem of the El Shaddai of Israel was high above them.

 

Note that this seems incomplete, how is YAHUAH going to recompense them? Now pay close attention to the next verse:

 

23 And the Esteem of YAHUAH went up from the midst of the city and stood on the mountain, which is on the east side of the city.

 

The Esteem of YAHUAH “Stood” on the mountain on the east side of the city. The mountain on the east side of the city is the Mount of Olives. Now, who will stand on this mountain in a time of judgment?

 

Zech 14:1 (NKJV) Behold, the day of YAHUAH is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst. 2 For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then YAHUAH will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle.

 

Now pay close attention to the next verse:

 

4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, Making a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south.

 

Here we again see the Esteem of YAHUAH (who is YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah) STANDING on the mount of Olives! So it is the Esteem of YAHUAH (being YAHUAH-SHA) whose feet come to touch down on the mountain which splits in two! This is a striking parallel and agrees completely with the Scripture in Hebrews which speaks of our Master and our righteousness:

 

Heb 1:3 (NKJV) who being the brightness of His Esteem and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

 

It is my hope that this study has shed some light on this subject and began to show the importance of the veil and how it relates to the ultimate Esteem of YAHUAH, the Messiah YAHUAH-SHA.

 

Psalm 80:3  Restore us, O El Shaddai; Cause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved!

 

Numb 6:24 (kjv) YAHUAH bless thee, and keep thee: 25 YAHUAH make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 26 YAHUAH lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. 27 And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.

 

The plan of salvation is in this blessing. For when His face shines upon us.. we receive grace. Thus, we receive His peace and His name is upon us. Therefore, may YAHUAH bless you and keep you by the Esteem of YAHUAH (YAHUAH-SHA the Messiah) shining upon you giving you mercy and grace. In this, the name of YAHUAH our Righteousness (Jer 23:5) is upon you and truly you have the shalom/peace that passes all understanding, and truly you are blessed!

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