ANOUNCEMENTS: As expected the new moon was sighted by many people in Judea this evening.
BREAKING NEWS: The House leaders have informed Obama that it is all but impossible for the House to approve Obama’s war. The Administration is laying the propaganda groundwork for attacking before a vote takes place, by reporting that Syrian trucks laden with chemical weapons are on their way to Aleppo. This is of course nonsense, since the military would disperse such weapons by aerial bombs or rockets and not by trucks.
It is possible that Obama may attack before a House vote, and justify it as a necessity. The House recalcitrance is due to the overwhelming resistance of the American people to the war, the shallow emotion based unproven allegations against Syria, and the many proofs that Syria DID NOT attack with chemical weapons.
Will Obama risk a vote? What can he do if he is voted down and completely embarrassed? Will he attack beforehand, or risk losing the vote? What will he say when he addresses the nation on Tuesday?
I will do a major report on this Monday.
OUTREACH SITE: The feast of Yom Teruah post has been stickied for this weekend. Below that you will find some news briefs. http://godourlight.info/
Egypt launched a major attack on militants in Sinai today. For more please see today’s News Briefs post at the Outreach Site. This was updated at 11:55 EDT.
Feast of Trumpets audio
As the sun sets in Jerusalem and Judea on the evening of 7 September, 2013, the first visible light of the new moon will be observed at Jerusalem.
According to the Biblical Calendar recorded by Moses, this will begin Yom Teruah, the Biblical Feast of Trumpets on Sep 8th, beginning at sunset ending 7 September 2013.
In Holy Scripture; days begin at sunset, see Genesis 1; and the months begin with the first visible light of the new moon as seen in Judea.
For an audio explaining the spiritual meaning of this Biblical Festival opening up the celebration of the main harvest in Judea, proclaimed by the blowing of the Shofar visit: our Audio Sermon site.
1 Cor 11 as an Allegory of the Family of God
Recently I have received some excellent comments and questions from various people concerning 1 Cor 11. I had promised them that I would revisit the chapter in another post rather than answering each one personally.
It is my sincere hope that this will clarify various points and conclude the matter for the near future.
Let me begin by asking: Who was Paul writing to? To whom was this epistle addressed?
It was addressed to the brethren in Corinth, who were mainly Greek Corinthian converts.
Now let me ask: Why was this issue addressed by Paul?
The various pagan religions of Corinth were mainly dedicated to fertility and the goddess Aphrodite; the Queen of heaven.
In Corinth women had a major part in these religions; acting as priestesses, pagan prophets, and income earners as temple prostitutes.
My point is that:
1. The women of Corinth had NEVER covered their hair in worship and therefore it was totally unnecessary for Paul to instruct them that they need not cover their hair.
2. That in the pagan religions, women usurped the role of men and officiated as priestess teaching their religion, which Paul forbade.
The Religions Of Corinth
The temple of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, stood atop the Acrocorinth.
“A famous temple to Aphrodite had stood on the summit of Acrocorinth in the Classical Age… It had fallen into ruins by Paul’s time, but successors to its 1,000 cult prostitutes continued to ply their profession in the city below. Many of them were no doubt housed in the lofts above the 33 wine shops uncovered in the modern excavations. Corinth was a city catering to sailors and traveling salesmen. Even by the Classical Age it had earned an unsavory reputation for its libertine atmosphere; to call someone ‘a Corinthian lass’ was to impugn her morals. It may well be that one of Corinth’s attractions for Paul was precisely this reputation of immorality.” (The Biblical World In Pictures).
The city was filled with sailors who gladly spent their money there. The name “Corinth” became a synonym for immorality. This temple gave Corinth it’s reputation for gross immorality of which Paul often spoke (1 Cor. 6:9-20; 2 Cor. 12:20-21).
“She had a reputation for commercial prosperity, but she was also a byword for evil living. The very word korinthiazesthai, to live like a Corinthian, had become a part of the Greek language, and meant to live with drunken and immoral debauchery … Aelian, the late Greek writer, tells us that if ever a Corinthian was shown upon the stage in a Greek play he was shown drunk. The very name Corinth was synonymous with debauchery and there was one source of evil in the city which was known all over the civilized world.
Above the isthmus towered the hill of the Acropolis, and on it stood the great temple of Aphrodite, the goddess of fertility. To that temple there were attached one thousand priestesses who were sacred prostitutes, and in the evenings they descended from the Acropolis and plied their trade upon the streets of Corinth, until it became a Greek proverb, ‘It is not every man who can afford a journey to Corinth.’
In addition to these cruder sins, there flourished far more recondite vices, which had come in with the traders and the sailors from the ends of the earth, until Corinth became not only a synonym for wealth and luxury, drunkenness and debauchery, but also for filth.” (William Barclay, The Letters To The Corinthians, p. 2-3).
Of equal fame in Corinth was the temple of Poseidon, ruler of the sea (on which Corinth’s commercial life depended) and maker of earthquakes (a frequent danger in the area). Poseidon had a very large temple at a nearby village where the biennial Isthmian Games were held.
Numerous other temples in Corinth include ones to Apollo, Hermes, Venus-Fortuna, Isis, and one dedicated to “All The Gods” (Pantheon). On the slopes of the Acrocorinth was the sanctuary of Demeter, which dates from the 6th and 7th centuries B.C.
In Corinth, as often found in other parts of ancient Greece, there was a shrine dedicated to Asklepios, the god of healing, and his daughter, Hygieia. The museum at Corinth has hundreds of terra-cotta votive offerings presented to Asklepios by pilgrims who sought a cure or who wanted to thank the god for a healing they attributed to him. Among these votives can be seen limbs, hands, feet, breasts and genitals.
In a time-honored tradition, petitioners to Asklepios had dedicated replicas of the particular parts of the body in which they were afflicted. These clay copies of human body parts, which were hung around the temple by worshippers, might have given special power to Paul’s image of the church as the “body” of Christ (1 Cor. 12:12, 15-17).
The temple of Apollo stood on the hill overlooking the Roman city’s main forum which served as a reminder of Corinth’s ancient splendor, and was 700 years old by Paul’s time, but it was in ruins. At one time a bronze statue of Apollo stood in the temple. To Paul it would have served merely as a sermon illustration of the impotence of the Greek’s pagan gods. There were several sanctuaries to Apollo inside the city.
Paul was writing to and teaching the Corinthian converts, who had a background of seeing women as having a major part on the city’s religions. And it was the custom of these women in pagan religions in Corinth, to preach and prophesy with their heads and hair uncovered.
It was to people who had come out of this praying without covering their hair religious society, that Paul wrote to teach them the proper and godly conduct that God expects from women in the faith.
In short; these Corinthian women had NEVER covered their heads and hair in worship of God; therefore there was absolutely NO NEED for Paul to say that they need not cover their hair! or to even mention the issue; unless he was correcting their engaging in religious worship with their heads and hair uncovered as they had always done!
1 Cor 11
Paul begins by teaching that the Head of all things is God the Father and under him Jesus Christ; and under Christ the man, and under the man is the woman which is the biblical arrangement of godly headship and leadership. In teaching this, Paul is rebuking the pagan system of women usurping men in religion.
11:3 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.
Paul then teaches that a man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, is shaming himself and dishonoring his leadership position; because the man has an office of headship from God; and because the family of man is an allegory of the family of God!
In the physically family the man has the position of headship, leadership, example, teacher and authority; as commanded by God! This is to teach us that God the Father is also the HEAD, LEADER, AUTHORITY, EXAMPLE and TEACHER of his spiritual family!
We are to live by every word of the Father in heaven.
11:4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head [which physical head represents his HEAD even God] .
Yet every woman praying or prophesying with her head and glorious hair not covered, is shaming herself and should have her head shaved.
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.
How can a woman be shaved of her hair, for not wearing her hair?
It is obvious that her hair is not the covering referred to; for if she refuses to be covered, her hair should be shorn. Now if she refuses to wear her covering of hair; how can her hair be shorn? And if it is shameful for a woman to have her hair shorn; then she should cover her hair.
11:6 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.
The man should not have his hair covered, because he is in a physical headship position representing the spiritual HEADSHIP of God the Father.
Yet the woman is the glory of man and should cover that glorious covering of hair, out of respect for her husband that her glory not outshine his.
In other words the woman should not usurp the position of the man as her head; even as the members of the spiritual family of the Father should respect and not seek to usurp his HEADSHIP.
The man as head and leader, reflects and represents, the HEADSHIP of God the Father; while the woman represents the bride, the wife of Christ, the spiritual Called Out family of God!
11:7 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.
In physical terms the man was made first by God and the woman was made by God from man; nevertheless from that time on, all men came forth from woman; therefore they are ONE FAMILY; with the man as head of the physical family by God’s design!!
This is an allegory and object lesson to teach us that the spiritual Family of God is ONE FAMILY and that God the Father is the HEAD of that family!
11:8 For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man. 11:9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
In the allegory of family, the husband is representative of Jesus Christ the Husband and HEAD of the Bride; and the physical father is a figure of God the Father; as the HEAD of the family.
The woman is an allegory of the Bride of Christ; and her subjection to her husband by God’s design, is an allegory of the bride of Christ being subject to him in all things.
11:10 For this cause ought the woman to have power [a demonstration of the authority of her husband over her; as an example that the Called Out Ekklesia (the Bride) have the authority of God the Father over them] on her head because of [as an example for others] the angels.
11:11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. 11:12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.
Paul then says that the hair is given to woman for a glorious crown, representing the Beauty of the Bride of Christ , but long feminine hair is a shame to a man, because it dishonours the headship leadership position of the man; making him look feminine as one who is to obey and not to lead.
The woman’s hair is her glorious covering crown, covering her head with glory; which should be covered as a symbol of humility and subjection to authority, in prayer and prophesying.
In the kingdom, the collective Bride of Christ shall rule as kings and priests; yet she shall rule under the authority of her Husband Jesus Christ, and HE under the authority of his Father in heaven.
The glorious hair of a woman, is representative of the spiritual crown of glory, that the Bride of Christ shall be given at the resurrection of the Chosen and the marriage of the Lamb in heaven before coming down to rule the earth.
Rev 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars
This godly custom for women to cover the hair as a sign of humility before the Father when praying to him or speaking under inspiration by God, is an allegory of the relationship between Christ who is the Husband, and the Chosen who are his bride; and is contrary to the Corinthian practice of praying and prophesying with the head and hair uncovered and the pagan women usurping the authority of the men as priestess teaching in the assemblies.
The hair given to women is her crown of glory; foretelling the crown of glory awaiting the overcomer who is Chosen as a part of the Bride of Christ.
Because of the headship of a man as designed and commanded by God over his bride, and this as a representation of the headship of Jesus Christ over his spiritual bride; it is not appropriate that a woman come before the Father in heaven not being covered by a veil or scarf; to indicate her humility to follow and obey her Husband Jesus Christ.
11:13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? 11:15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
Paul then says that in the Church of God, there is no such pagan custom as women praying or prophesying without their head and glorious hair covered.
11:16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
The women are not to be elders [priestesses] and are not to teach the men, religion in formal services, as the pagan priestess do; and they are to show proper respect for their husbands by asking questions of their husbands first; and if he cannot answer, he should ask the true faithful to God ministry.
Nevertheless if a woman does not have a converted husband or father; then she should ask the elder in private and not disrupt a service.
This is about the godly system of headship and leadership in the family, that the woman not usurp the headship of her husband; and that the elders not usurp the authority of the husband by end arounding the husband to interface with the wife without her husband’s knowledge.
What of Deborah and the other women of God?
They NEVER usurped the authority of the godly priesthood! They did not claim to be priests; and even the daughters of Aaron were not priests.
These were godly wise women to who others came for advice and judgment on civil matters; they were not priests.
There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with men seeking advice from women.
I will have much more to say about Deborah and other women of God as we progress through the studies.
What is praying and prophesying?
I think we all know what prayer is; and that men are to remove their hats out of respect when someone is praying. When a woman is praying or is in a service where prayer is being made, she should have her hair and head covered.
A woman can certainly pray without her head covered in emergencies or unexpected situations; but that should be the exception and not the rule. Further a woman should cover her hair in any planned and formal prayer; such as services and bible studies.
Indeed we are all to have a prayerful attitude at all times, being very close to God at all times. But we are also examples for others, including the very angels of God.
Why does Paul speak of prophesying uncovered as being wrong for women, when he later forbids women to speak in services?
Paul is addressing the Corinthian custom of priestess being uncovered, first; before continuing on in his epistle to forbid women to prophesy in the assembly.
1 Cor 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. 35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
Godly women should not teach in the assemblies, nor usurp their husband their HEAD; and should cover their hair in any prayer, formal service, or Bible Study.
Does that mean that when someone asks them a question, a woman needs to rush off to cover her head before giving an answer? NO! She is merely answering a question and not teaching in the sense of an elder standing before a congregation.
Most certainly she should be diligent to teach the word of Goo to her children and to answer any questions put to her by others, and if she cannot answer them she should ask her husband to explain the answer to her so she can pass it along. In this way women have an opportunity to learn to teach others when they are Chosen to enter the resurrection of the Chosen.