"THE WOMAN'S HEAD COVERING"
By: H. B. Taylor, 1920
I Corinthians 11: 1-16
The above passage is God's Word on women wearing hats, bonnets, or veils when they go to the house of God or the place of worship. There is no need not knowing God's will if she wants to know it. The Bible was not written to conceal but to reveal the will of God to honest seekers. The Master said, "If any will to do His will, He shall know the teaching, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." (John 7:17)
If it is God's will for women to go to church bare-headed, women ought to do it; If it isn't God's will, women who love the Lord and want to obey Him won't do it. What saith the Scriptures?" To the Law and to the testimony; If they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them." (Isaiah 8:20)
It is significant that the church, to which the Holy Spirit gave specific instructions about the women wearing a covering on their heads in attendance during worship, was the church in which Paul had the most trouble. The Church at Corinth had trouble with worldly wisdom, and with women speaking out in the mixed assemblies. Educated women who think they know more than the preachers and who claim that the Bible is out of date, wtill give God's churches a good deal of trouble.
In this passage of Scripture three things are clear and plain.
(1) The hair is not the covering that God commands a woman to wear "in sign that she is under authority" to the man who is her head. This is plain for three or four reasons.
a. Why should Paul have mentioned the matter at all if the hair was the covering that God required.
To suppose or argue that the hair was what Paul was speaking of makes Paul guilty of writing the veriest nonsense; For it makes him take sixteen verses in a letter to a critical church to exhort and enforce the exhortation with the arguments to prove that women ought to wear their hair to the house of God, when they could not help but wear it everywhere they went. Paul's argument wasn't about the hair but about the covering in addition to the hair.
b. Again, the "ALSO" in vs. 6, is the indisputable proof that Paul was talking about a covering in addition to the hair.
Note the language. "If the woman be not covered, let her ALSO be shorn." Suppose ,the covering was the hair, what then? Then Paul is guilty of making the silly remark that if a woman hasn't any hair, let her .also be shorn. How could she be shorn if she had no hair?
What Paul really said, and what makes good sense, was: "If a woman does not have a covering on her head in addition to her hair, let her hair be cut or head shaven as a badge of her shame fulness.
c. But says someone: "Doesn't Paul say in vs. 15 that the hair is given for a covering?" No, he does not. The word for cover in verses 6 and 7 is katakaluptetai. Greek word pronounced ka- ta-ka-lup-te-tai. In verse 15 the word for cover is peribolaion, pronounced per-ib-ol-ah-yon. This latter word is used in only one other place in the New Testament, and that is in Hebrews 1:12. Here it is used of the heavens, and is translated "vesture". In verse 15 and in Hebrews 1:12 it is used of what is put on by God Himself such as hair in verse 15 and vesture in Hebrews 1:12. It is something that cannot be put on and off.
The covering enjoined in verse 6 is a veil or hat or something the woman can put on herself. One thing sure and plain is that the hair is not the covering enjoined by God. The covering God enjoins is one they can and are to voluntarily put on as a sign they are under authority.
Paul was not writing for Corinthian women only.
a. The reason he assigns for wearing the covering applies to all women.
b. He makes this known in verse 16. He plainly says that the churches of God have no such custom as the women of Corinth were going to the church with their heads uncovered. Paul says, "The other churches have no such custom."
(3) God does not always condescend to give reasons for His commands. Sometimes, He Sovereignly commands and expects us to blindly obey. This is not so concerning the head covering. Four reasons are given why holy women who love the Lord God should wear a veil or hat or something for a covering to the house of God or place of worship.
a. Man is the head of the woman and the woman who does not wear a covering on her head, "dishonoreth her head".
For example, her husband or father; In Numbers 5:18, if a husband was jealous of his wife, she was brought before the Priest and he set her "Before the Lord" and uncovered her head while the test Co her virture was being made. A bareheaded woman being before God was a woman whose fidelity to her husband was in question.
b. Woman was created as man's helpmate and for man.
As a sign of her submission she ought to wear a covering on her head. Here is the crux of the whole matter. Women rebel against God's curse in commanding them to be in subjection to their husbands . The modern feminist movement is boldly proclaimed as a movement against God and the Bible. Going "hatless" is the red flag of woman's "rebellion".
c. Verse 10, Women are told to have a covering on their heads as a sign they are under authority of their husbands, and because of "The Angels".
d. The churches everywhere had no such custom as women going to their place of worship with uncovered heads, (vs 16)
These are God's reasons for the command given for women to wear a covering when they come to the house of God. So we believe and teach this great truth. So must all others do and teach, who believe I Cor. 11,1-16 to be inspired Word of God, and understand it and obey it.
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