Some days it feels like the ministry topics for us are on a merry-go-round. Everything comes around again and again. Sometimes it is the same ride, different tune playing in the background – in other words, the same topics with a different spin on them. However, everything comes around and around and around.
This week it is head coverings again. I have seen a post shared a number of times by sisters because the writer talks at one point about the blessings brought through wearing a head covering yet at another point praises Yahweh for those same blessings. In other words, a double minded expression of giving credit to the head covering one moment and the next, giving credit to God. Sisters, make up your minds. Because a double minded believer is unstable in all their ways! (James 1:8 KJV)
Is this a bit harsh? Maybe it comes across as such, but I see this as the perfect time. Why? Because of the holiday posts I see constantly on my news-feed. While many sisters sit and rant on social media against people who celebrate Christmas, worshiping idols, they forget to look in the mirror. This is a grand example of log versus splinter!
Why do you see the speck (splinter) that is in your brother's eye,
but don't consider the beam (log) that is in your own eye? Matthew 7:3
While condemning families for worshiping a tree or other holiday adornment, sisters are forgetting to take a VERY CLOSE LOOK at how they are worshiping a piece of fabric on their heads. A Roman or Rabbinic tradition based on making women responsible and accountable for the sins of men. We need to remember that it is only through the pure change of heart that man can resist the temptations of sin, not through putting another person under subjection.
I have said many times in the past that IF a sister chooses to wear a head covering, that is her personal decision. I have also said, however, that it MUST NOT be taught as a commandment and it is not Biblical. In the last year or so, I have seen a number of sisters blatantly state they do not believe that it IS a commandment. However, they turn right around and counsel all sisters that their greatest blessings flow through the process of wearing a head covering.
In our book “The Head Covering Dilemma SOLVED!” we discuss this in much greater detail – you can read more about it there. For sake of brevity, I will simply state: YOUR BLESSINGS DO NOT FLOW THROUGH YOUR CLOTHING – YOUR BLESSINGS, ALL FORGIVENESS, ALL GRACE AND GLORY come from ONE PLACE – YAHWEH. It is ONLY through the sacrifice of Yeshua that we are worthy to go before Yahweh in prayer. (SCRIPTURE) It is ONLY through his sacrifice and death that we have salvation.
Romans 3:22-24 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all those who believe. For there is no distinction, for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus;
2 Corinthians 3:2-5 You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being revealed that you are a letter of Christ, served by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tablets of stone, but in tablets that are hearts of flesh. Such confidence we have through Christ toward God; not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God;…
Ephesians 2:17-18 He came and preached peace to you who were far off and to those who were near. For through him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.
Hebrews 4:15-16 For we don't have a high priest who can't be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but one who has been in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace for help in time of need.
In reading these verses we need to recognize and take to heart that it through YESHUA not through a head covering that we are able to go before God. We should have confidence, boldness, and strength to go before him. This is NOT a lack of humility nor a lack of respect. It is a blessing and expectation that we are worthy, THROUGH YESHUA, to go before God and ask him. In doing this, we will find mercy, grace and blessing.
To imply that these come through a head covering, implies they need an additional act on our part other than those which Yeshua completed on our behalf. One is stating directly that what Yeshua did is NOT ENOUGH. To imply women need a covering to go before Him, sadly, implies one who doesn’t is not deserving of the mercy, grace, or blessings. Yet don’t we always preach to others that Yahweh is not a respecter of persons?
Furthermore, claiming that women wearing a headcovering IS a biblical practice, implying some level of sanctification, would not be accurate. It provides nothing more than a tie back for your hair. It may be a historical practice from the biblical period, but it is NOT a spiritual act and it raises NO ONE above another.
Historically speaking, it was ROMAN LAW that put a head covering in place during Jesus' time - so that the people could tell the difference between a married woman and a single woman. LATER, it was RABBIS who required it of women because of the issue with MEN lusting after women - reading in the Talmud (WHICH IS NOT SCRIPTURE!), one can see that MEN had issue with women's hair, knees and little finger, for some bizarre reason, with the hair being of particular sensual focus.
Women need to learn the WHOLE TRUTH about head coverings.
One article I read contained the claim that as part of showing themselves set apart, women wore head coverings to help them walk in Yahweh’s ways. AND that it works just as the Spirit does. WHAT?! A head covering was not and is not a replacement for your trusting, loving relationship with the Holy Spirit! They ARE NOT interchangeable; they are NOT the same!
It breaks my heart to see countless women claim that the head covering has helped them understand scriptures, repaired their marriages, and given them deliverance!
Why does this whole issue break my heart? Because the power and glory is NOT given to YAHWEH nor is the power of Yeshua's sacrifice for us honored in these claims. It is ALL given to a piece of fabric placed to cover our GOD GIVEN GLORY - our beautiful hair. A HEADCOVERING DOES NOT FIX OUR MARRIAGES - YAHWEH DOES. A head covering does NOT help us with scripture nor does it help us submit to Yahweh's will in our life - the HOLY SPIRIT DOES. AND ONLY YESHUA IS OUR DELIVERANCE!!!! NEVER a head covering.
Stop making it complicated – stop making it about YOUR efforts and YOUR works. And accept fully, whole heartedly the grace and power of what Yeshua DID FOR YOU. THAT is the rest spoken of in Hebrews Chapter 4.
I understand we are all at different places in our walk with Abba. I know that we must learn as we go – however, the one thing we need to understand completely is that worldly objects are not required of us to go before Yahweh. It is through Christ alone…
Shalom. - Yehudit
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Jim, (Judi's husband), has Sephardi Jewish ancestry and is a minister and head of Shofar Productions. Jim was a denominational pastor, hospital chaplain, and former director of a non-profit community organization.
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