Head-Covering Made Easy

On September 18, 2010, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

"The Doctrine of Head Covering Finally Exposed"

1 Corinthians 11 has caused much confusion in congregations throughout the world. Some teach that women should wear some type of hat, scarf, or veil over the head when praying and prophesying while the men must be uncovered.

Some teach that both men and women in the congregation should cover their heads at all times because we are a nation of priest. Then some believe that no one should wear any type of physical head covering.

There are some teachings that say a woman (even if unmarried) must be under a male's headship, or "spiritual covering" to be able to pray or prophecy .

This study will show the reason why "1 Corinthians 11" is a source of confusion for many.

Let The Scriptures Speak!

Paul (Sha'uwl) addresses contentions within the Corinth Congregation that were causing division among the brethren. If you look at it, this is the exact same issue that we are having today about the wearing of a physical head covering. Paul (Sha'uwl) took advantage of the physical head covering situation to teach a very powerful spiritual principle on authority.

1 Corinthians 11 (King James Version)

1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ (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.

Let's look at the definition of the word ordinances:

Look at the Greek Interlinear Bible

Note: The word "traditions" should have been rendered as a better translation of the word "ordinances".

The doctrine of a physical head covering as spoken in 1 Corinthians 11 CANNOT be found in the Torah or The Law except for those that served in the priestly office. All Levites were not priest.

He (Paul) starts off addressing spiritual authority, then the natural order of head covering in nature, and lastly Paul talks about anyone being contentious. Grasp this concept clearly for Paul is addressing the physical aspects of wearing head covering from a spiritual and natural perspective.

1 Corinthians 11 (King James Version)

3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. (Pay attention to "The Head")

The strong concordance number for "The Head" is #2776. (Notice the inconsistency in the translation)

4 Every man praying or prophesying, having {his} head covered, dishonoureth his head. (The word "his" is italicized therefore it was added by the translators. Take it out!)

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. (The word "her" is italicized therefore it was added by the translators. Take it out!)

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

7 For a man indeed ought not to cover {his} head forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. (The word "his" is italicized therefore it was added by the translators. Take it out!)

See for yourself 1 Corinthians 11: 3, 4, 5, 7 should read:

3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

4 Every man praying or prophesying, having the head covered, dishonoureth his head.

5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with the 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.

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

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.

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

Let's look up the word "Power"

Let's look up that same word "Power" from The Greek Interlinear Bible

1 Corinthians 11:10 better translates as:

10 For this cause ought the woman to have authority over the head because of the messengers. (This statement let us know that Paul is talking about a spiritual head covering and not a physical head covering.)

11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.

12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.

In verse 13, Paul explains the head covering issue to us by using nature as an analogy of covering. He is not talking about a physical head covering, or veil, when he speaks of a woman having her head covered, because in verse 15 he clearly states that a woman's hair is given for a covering.

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

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 glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

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

Contentious of what? The spiritual order of things from verses 1-12? NO! This is not a custom, we can all agree on this.

Contentious of what? The natural order of things from verses 13-15? NO! This is not a custom, we can all agree on this too.

Contentious of what? The custom of wearing of a physical head covering! YES! We have no such custom, neither does the churches.

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Why I Don’t Drink Wine?

On September 7, 2010, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

Or should I say "Why I Do Drink Wine!"

Many arguments, articles and analogies have been put forth to explain The Messiah's miracle of turning water into wine.

Did he (The Messiah) turn water into Grape Juice (unfermented) or Wine (fermented)?

Were the people that attended the party well drunk (full of) grape juice or were they well drunk (intoxicated) on wine?

This can easily be determined from the Bible by doing a simple word search using any Bible Concordance.

Did the Messiah Drink Wine?

Luke 7:33-34 (King James Version)

33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. 34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!

Let's look up the word winebibber

YES! The Messiah did drink wine!

What about the wedding feast where The Messiah changed water into wine?

John 2 (King James Version)

1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Yahusha (Jesus) was there: 2 And both Yahusha (Jesus) was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. 3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus (Yahusha) saith unto him, They have no wine. 4 Jesus (Yahusha) saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. 5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. 6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. 7 Jesus (Yahusha) saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. 9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, 10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

Let's do a word study on wine from a biblical perspective. The Greek word for wine is "Oinos".

Keep in mind that we are dealing with the Hebrew People and The Messiah was a Hebrew from the tribe of Judah! Therefore, we will need to look up that same word from its Hebrew origin for a more clearer meaning:

But wait, that's not all, let's look up verse 10 and the word "drunk". Does it means that the people at the wedding feast were full of grape juice or were they intoxicated with wine! The Greek word for "drunk" is "methyo" which means "to be drunken".

Finally, let's look up the "root word" for drunk from John 2:10

From this simple word study of John 2:1-10, it is obvious that the people at this party were not drinking grape juice but wine because they were drunk or intoxicated. Any other interpretation would be creating another man-made doctrine in saying that The Messiah did something that he didn't do!

Water into grape juice? No Way!

Can you drink wine? YES

Should you drink wine until you are intoxicated? NO!

Proverbs 20:1 (New King James Version)

1 Wine is a mocker,Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.

The NASB Bible drives the point home:
Proverbs 20:1 (New American Standard Bible)

1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.

The Hebrew Interlinear Bible confirms this as well.

 
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