Lessons For New Christians Lesson Sixteen According to The King James Bible 1611 (The only accurate English Holy Bible)
D. The Christian Woman's Veiling
1. The Bible Basis Every man praying and prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one a's if she were shaven. For if the woman he not covered, let her also he shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to he shorn or shaven, let her he covered (I Corinthians 11:4-1).
We have the Scriptural basis for this ordinance in I Corin thians 11:1-16. It is not an ordinance of men, but of God. Covering the head does not refer to headwear for weather protection. It refers to something of spiritual significance Stated simply, men should not cover their heads with a cover Long hair is a glory to women; cutting it is a shame. But God does not want Christian women to display this glory. She should cover it with a veiling to honor man and God.
4. The Symbolic Significance But I would have you know, that the bead of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. 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. For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels (I Corinthians 11:3, 7, 10).
Reading these verses carefully, we find the purpose of this ordinance - what the veiling symbolizes. By wearing the veiling Christian women acknowledge their submission to the order of headship that God has established. Verse three explains the order of headship as established by God: first, God over everything; then Christ in voluntary submission to God; next man; and finally woman. The Christian woman will voluntarily submit herself to man, just like Christ submits Himself to God. She does this, not because God made her of less value or less intelligence than man, but because God has fixed this order of headship for the good of mankind from the beginning. Precisely because of that "the woman (ought) to have power on her head": that means the veiling. The angels recognize the veiling as a sign of godliness, purity, and voluntary submission. They recognize the woman who wears it as worthy of their protection. By wearing the veiling, Christian women testify that they are functioning within their God-ordained sphere. If they rebel against God by getting out of their place, they dishonor their head-that is, the authority over them. Refusal to wear the veiling is an act of rebellion in itself. Every Christian woman will want to wear it, just as she will want to keep her life in harmony with what it symbolizes. The veiling gives a silent witness to society and the rising generation that God's order of headship is in effect.
5. The Custom of All the Churches But if any man seem to be contentious. we have no such custom. neither the churches of God (I Corinthians 11:16).
In apostolic times all church groups practiced this ordinance. Up until the last century or two, many churches still practiced it. Why is it that so very few practice it today? Has the Word of God changed? No. The Apostle Paul wrote the commandments of the Lord (I Corinthians 14:37), not only for the Corinthians nor just for the first century, but for all Christians, even today. (I Corinthians 1:2; 4:17).
Since the Christian woman's position of subjection never changes; since she may pray or prophesy at any time; since her natural hair - which is an illustration of the veiling, should never be cut; and since she needs the constant protection of the angels, the Christian woman should wear an adequate veiling at all times. The Bible does not specify how the veiling should be made, so the church should decide what material and what style best fulfills God's purpose. After all, the veiling is an ordinance of the church. Christian women should be willing to wear whatever form the Scriptural church prescribes.
1. What Scripture gives the Biblical basis for the Christian woman's veiling?
2. What exterior form does this ordinance require?
3. What spiritual significance does the veiling have?
4. Explain why the hair is not the veiling.
5. How should Christian women arrange their hair? What about Christian men?
6. How do we know that this practice is for us today?
7. When should Christian women wear the veiling? Why?
8. Who should decide the form and kind of covering? Divorce and Remarriage
This subject has become very controversial in our day, yet the Bible has very definite answers to the problem. We live in a day when it has become very simple to get a divorce. Nevertheless, the simplicity of it, and the acceptance of it by society, does not make it right in the eyes of God. It is important that we think things through before we actually face the test, so that we know how we should react. For instance, young people should set their courtship standards before dating so that they will know how to respond and so that they make the decisions at a time when they can think clearly without the emotional attachment that tends to obscure the issues. This also applies to the question of divorce. Many people who were strongly opposed to divorce and remarriage changed their views when it was their own son or daughter who was involved.
When Jesus was approached on this subject (Matthew 19:5), He quoted from Genesis 2:24: "For this cause shall a man leave father and mother and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall he one flesh." In the next verse, He emphasized the strength of the marriage bond: ''Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
We do not understand how this comes about, but neither did Paul. In Ephesians he calls it a mystery.Whenever people abide by God's natural laws, they experience His natural blessings, be they Christians or not. One is the law of gravity. We benefit by respecting it, and it works for both the believer and the ungodly.
This also applies to marriage, they experience His blessings also. And they lead relatively happy lives as a result of it though they do not have the deep peace and joy we experience as Christians.
Marriage is symbolic of the union between Christ and the church, and there is remarkable symbolism between the salvation story and the Jewish marriage. When a young man had chosen his bride-to-be, he left his father's house and traveled to the home of his chosen one. So Christ left His Father's house to come to earth to gain His bride. Then the father of the bride and the groom would negotiate a price.
Christ paid the price for us with His own blood. Afterwards the covenant was established, even though as yet no physical union had taken place. They were sanctified, or set apart for each other, even as the church is to be set apart for Christ. Afterwards the bride and groom drank from the cup over which the betrothal blessings had been pronounced, symbolizing the establishment of the covenant.
Christ did this also when He blessed the cup at the Last Supper. Next the groom returned to his father's house for a period of twelve months. Christ also returned to heaven and is separated from His bride. During this twelve-month period, the groom prepared a place for them to live at the father's house. Christ is doing this for us (John 14:1-3). When this waiting period was over, the groom would go to receive his bride. We believe Christ, too, will come to receive us to Himself.
Although the bride knew approximately when the groom would come, she did not know the exact day; therefore, the groom's arrival was announced with a shout. So with us. Someday Christ will return with His hosts of angels and with a great shout.
In this symbolism we see absolutely no room for divorce. If it would fit in, we would have to say that after we reach heaven there would be a possibility of us being cast out again.
In some churches today people are trying very hard to mold the Bible into their culture, making it say what they want it to say, instead of molding their culture to fit the Bible. There are numerous studies and restudies done to see if they can somehow make the Bible say divorce is permissible.
This comes very close to the attitude Satan had when he approached Eve in the Garden with, "Yea, hath God said?" They come to the Bible, saying, "Are you sure it says there is no way to get around the rules against divorce?"
As a result of this attitude, Christian-professing people have come up with some "loopholes." We will consider some of these.
The first one is the exception clause as found in Matthew 5:32 and in Matthew 19:9. "But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery " (5:32). "And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery": and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery" (19:9).
There are many who will say this means divorce and remarriage is permissible if either companion has been found in incest. But we must remember that this clause is only stated in the Gospel of Matthew, which was written to the Jews. Mark and Luke do not record this clause because they are writing to people who had different marriage customs. In this clause in Matthew, Jesus is referring to that betrothal period which was mentioned earlier: that period of waiting before marriage.
In Jewish customs this couple was called husband and wife before the actual marriage took place, and the espousal could be broken if either one was found to be to have had and incestual relationship during that period.
Yes, committing fornication before and during the marriage. There was a lot of incest in those days as the families did live in remote areas and it was thought to be ok by them. Usually a child had intercourse with another sibling and/or a parent. The way the woman was caught at it a lot of times was that she became pregnant. So the responsibility was placed on the woman as in Mary and Joseph's case.
1 Cor 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed. In this case the unmarried man had fornication with his mother or step mother (the natural mother being dead). The young man committed fornication and the woman committed adultery against her husband.
1 Cor 5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
1 Cor 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 1 Cor 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
The Jewish groom would have taken his bride back to his father's house if, upon returning to get her, he had found she had been unfaithful. So we, unless we remain faithful, will not be among those who are "caught up . . . to meet the Lord in the air."
A second "loophole" is the question, Is adultery a state or an act? If it is the act, then we can be remarried, confess the sin, and continue living together free from sin. But Romans 7:3 definitely says, "She shall be called an adulteress," which denotes progressive action. The first marriage is still binding, which makes the second marriage adulterous. The second marriage must be confessed as sin and forsaken in order for one to be restored to a right relation-ship to God and to share in the Christian's hope
A third excuse people give is the preChristian mixup. In this situation, a person has been married and divorced one or more times before becoming a Christian. Humanly speaking, we may be inclined to say there is no need to break up another home. We may think that because the other marriages were not Christian, they do not count. But marriage is not necessarily a Christian institution. It started back in the Garden of Eden, before the plan of salvation was brought to light.
Another objection is the word whosoever as used in Matthew 19:9. This word is not just speaking of Christians.
Still other people will say that the Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 7:17, 20, and 24 that we are to remain in the same situation we were in when we were called to be a Christian. But these people fail to realize that the verses in between are not referring to marriage but circumcision and servanthood.
These are matters in which we can be Christians blessed of God either way, circumcised or uncircumcised, bond or free. If we would apply it in the way these people do, we could say the thief is to continue stealing and the murderer is to continue killing; but we are taught in the Bible to confess and forsake our sins if we wish to have mercy. "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper"
John the Baptist lost his head defending the principle of only one marriage. He told Herod that it was not lawful for him to have his brother's wife. In both God's eyes and John's, that second marriage was not lawful. Herod was living in adultery.
But we may ask, "What about the innocent victim? What about the husband or wife who decides to leave and the other really tries to work things out between them?" First of all, there is hardly ever a case where the blame rests completely upon one person. But even if that were the case, marriage is so sacred in the eyes of God that here there are still no exceptions.
First Corinthians 7:10 tells us what our first responsibility is in the case where our husband or wife does not believe "Let not the wife depart from her husband." The reason for this is that there is a possibility that you can win your partner to the Lord. "if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives," (1 Peter 3:1).
First Corinthians 7:11: "But and if she [the unbelieving one] depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife." Separation without remarriage leaves the door open for reconciliation.
First Corinthians 7:15 may look like another loophole "A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace." This may sound as though we are no longer married to that person, but in the Greek, this word bond refers to the obligations that are ours to perform toward our marriage partner, such as the wife keeping house for the husband, and the husband providing materially for the wife. Paul is saying that if the partner leaves, we are free from these obligations toward one another. It does not allow for remarriage to another as long as the first spouse is living.
The last thing we want to consider is the expression, "Two wrongs never make a right." It is bad enough if one marriage breaks up, so why break up the second one? But we read in the account of Ezra that the Jews had taken strange wives. He told them that they must put away their strange wives from them, and this probably broke up some happy homes too. It was not an easy thing to do, but there are no easy answers to these difficult questions in life. They were not told to marry another.
We must realize that the way of the transgressor is hard, and this is one area in which we must reap what we have sown. The Bible condemns adultery. To stop an adulterous relationship may not be easy, but it is right. If we were injured while drag racing, or in some other manner crippled as a result of sin, we do not automatically become healed just by becoming a Christian. Some of these scars must then be carried the rest of our lives. Should it be any different in this area?
Some will say, "What about the children?" It seems so cruel. But it was so in the time of Ezra, and it specifically mentions children in that account. Children become the innocent victims. Every adulterous marriage and relationship can only add to the grief and confusion of the child. God's law of purity and holiness must be given precedence. But we realize that God is the Father of the fatherless (orphans) and widows. He will bless and protect those children whose parents are truly obeying Him.
Let us realize the sinfulness involved in this issue and take a firm stand against divorce and remarriage. It will effect our attitude toward courtship.
God is able to help us straighten up our lives in this area as well as any other. A CHILD OF THE KING From Pit to Palace by Martin Eldon 2Samual 9:1-3 And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake? And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he. And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet.
2Samual 9:6-10 Now when Me-phibo-sheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Me-phibo-sheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant! And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am? Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy master's son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house. Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy master's son may have food to eat: but Me-phibo-sheth thy master's son shall eat bread alway at my table.
Me-phibo-sheth was a cripple, he was lame in both feet from a child, this condition placed him in the lowest segment of society. During bible times people who were lame usually survived often by begging for alms at public entrances. They were seen as out casts, as Me- phibo-sheth even called himself a `dead dog'. Not only was he an outcast but he was also the grandson of Saul, King David's enemy. From whom God had taken the Kingdom of Israel and placed David as head. Yet Me-phibo-sheth found grace in the eyes of David. How? Was it by his own merits? By some work? By some beauty that Me-phibo- sheth possessed? By his great boastful words? NO. It was for Jonathan's sake, that David had kindness upon him. It was the great love that David had for Jonathan that led him to take this lame man into his palace and to feed him at his table, as if he was his own son. It was grace, unmerited favor that brought this man from the pit to the palace. Now take this story, and lets apply it to mankind. What is man with out Christ? We are spiritually lame; we cannot walk in the light because we are filled with darkness.
We are unclean, because we are lepers in our sins.
We are children of the enemy, because our father is the devil (John 8:44).
We are dead dogs, because we are strangers, outside of spiritual Israel.
We are blind because we cannot see the truth.
We are lost because we do not know the shepherd.
We are filthy because we have lain in the hog pin of sin.
We are unrighteous, because there is no good thing in us. (Romans 7:18)
We are hopeless, because we know not hope.
And we are dead because we have not life. (John 14:6) MANKIND IS WORTHY OF DEATH Mankind in and of its self is worthy of only extinction, All have been found guilty before the God of Heaven. Found to be his enemy, rebels fighting against his holy government.
"Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be". "Sin is the transgression of the Law" And "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God" and "The Penalty for sin is death"."
Don't ever think that the human race is good friends, don't ever think that this flesh is good. There is none good (Matthew 9:17). No not one. All have sinned, all have rebelled against God, all have had pleasure in unrighteousness, our best works are filthy rags before God. Mankind hates God; it hates God so fervently that WE nailed his only begotten Son to a tree and we mocked him as he died.
There is none righteous, there is none worthy, there is none good enough, we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. The only thing that God owes us is everlasting death.
But thank Jehovah for his grace, for his mercy and for his love.
Ephesians 2:12-20 That at that time ye were without Christ, (What are we without Christ?) being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world (Aliens, strangers, with no hope and without God): But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
You see without Christ we are without hope, and we are without God. But through Jesus' shed blood, we have peace, we have nearness, we have reconciliation with God. We are no more strangers but of the household of God. Why would God take us dreadful, evil humans and bring them into his house hold? Why did David bring in Me-phibo- sheth? For Jonathon's sake, God blesses us for Christ's sake.
Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
It is not of our works friends, it is for Christ's sake, and his sake alone that we have forgiveness, that we have reconciliation. Jesus loved us so much that he purchased us with his own blood. It is only because of that blood, that we can be translated into the Kingdom of God.
"(GOD) hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Colossians 1:13-14"
Not only have we been purchased friends, but we have been adopted into the family of God through Jesus.
Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. SONS OF GOD So Jesus isn't only our Redeemer, Our Lord, Our Savior, but he is also our Elder brother, and God is our Father.
Galatians 4:4-7 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
We are the heirs of GOD, in fact we are joint-heirs with Jesus Christ! What an awesome thing! God truly considers us His children. He loves us just as much as he loves his only begotten Son. "For God so loved you and me that he gave his only begotten Son Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" What an awesome fact to comprehend. But this has been the message preached since the resurrection, for example: After Jesus purchased our pardon, and rose again the third day, He spoke a most precious message to one of his disciples. Many people read this and ignore the implications. But I want us to read it with the thoughts of being children of God on our hearts.
John 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
Jesus called us brethren friends, he said his Father and God, was our Father and God. The Son of GOD gave himself so that we could become the children of God. The bible says that Jesus is the Firstborn of "Many Brethren" (Romans 8:29). And that we are joint heirs with Jesus Christ.
Galatians 3:26-29 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
And you remember how king David took the grandson of his enemy and caused him to sit at his table to eat? God is going to take us, and cause us to sit down and King Jesus himself is going to come forth and serve us.
Luke 12:36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
You talking about going from the pit to the palace friends, this is it. God taking the most wretched sinners, and adopting them into his family, then the Lord Jesus himself serving us dinner. I want to be at that wedding supper don't you?
FROM THE HOG PIN TO THE PENTHOUSE
Salvation is like going from the hog pin to the penthouse. And Jesus told a parable that symbolizes this well. I guess we all have read or heard the parable of the prodigal Son, who took his inheritance and left the Father and wasted it all on sinful living. Then a famine comes and the prodigal Son ends up feeding the swine. He was almost to the point of eating the hog's food when something happened.
Luke 15:17-24 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
You see friends, we come to God through Christ just as we are. He comes and wraps us in his loving arms. He slides a ring on our finger. Do you know what that ring is? It is a family `signet'. Each family had a symbol that represented them and that symbol was engraved upon the top of a ring. The ring was used to stamp the family symbol upon wax seals that was used to close scrolls and documents. Thus the ring symbolized the prodigal son's acceptance back into the family of God. And God doesn't leave us in the same condition that we come in either. God takes our filthy rags and clothes us with new garments. The stains of the past are washed away and forgotten. We become "New Creatures in Christ Jesus". This has been God's plan for us friends from the beginning. He wants us to come to Him through his Son, to become a child of God and to be transformed into the image of his Son, through the indwelling of his Son's Spirit.
Ephesians 1:3-12 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.