The author focuses on the reasoning behind the admonition of the Scripture that teaches that a woman ought to wear long hair, showing how this admonition springs forth from Yehovah to reflect heavenly realities, and thus any violation of this serves as a perversion of the proper testimony that a godly faithful life is to bring forth, and is therefore displeasing to God. Using the illustration that the real importance of the command of an everyday stop sign is far more than just to stop, but rather it is that the motorist having stopped, carefully considers the traffic, and thus judges how to proceed without damage. In like manner the faithful obedience to Yehovah’s laws, or the violation of them has far greater ramifications then the immediate natural effect on the people involved.
Does A Woman’s Long Hair Reflect Godliness and True Heavenly Realities-Does It Counter Feminism?
What is communicated by a stop sign? Obviously the command to stop is given on a stop sign, but why? The posted command offers no explanation as to the “why” behind it. This understanding is supposed to be understood if a person is able to drive. The reason for the posting of the stop sign is so that the driver will stop in order that he/she can look both ways, and thus respond to the traffic that may or may not be present on the road that day. Thus the real importance of the stop sign is the reasoning behind it, which is for the motorist to slow down sufficiently (stop) to consider the traffic on the roadway and act accordingly.
The admonition of the Scripture stating that a woman is to adorn herself in long hair is like this. The greatest importance of the admonition is in the reasoning behind it, which reasoning goes beyond the immediate natural sphere of men’s lives. Undoubtedly the fulfillment of this admonition, particularly from an honest and understanding heart will have great affect upon the relationships that the obedient soul is a part of, (Particularly the marriage relationship) Yehovah’s laws stipulating that a woman must wear her hair long have more than just an earthly need for fulfillment. Meaning that obedience to this directive will go hand in hand with the maintaining of a submissive and reverent heart that is needed in a woman to enable her to conduct herself wisely toward all the forms of headship that are at play in her life, but specially in regards to her most immediate head, which is her father if she is unmarried, or her husband if she is married. But at the same time for a woman to wear long hair represents heavenly and eternal realities which the godly woman will want to reflect in her life. The following is an explanation of the heavenly realities that are reflected by the neglect, or the abandonment of the woman wearing long hair. Therein, defining the reason for Yehovah’s greatest disappointment when a woman, either through ignorance or rebellion of this truth, wears her hair short as a man would. For to violate Yehovah’s laws pertaining to the wearing of longer hair, versus short hair (As a man would) is to in action directly slander the heavenly realities that the faithful woman was created by Yehovah to picture.
The Heavenly Picture Of Headship, and Its Working Among Men, and How The Wearing Of Long Hair Has A Part In This
To be able to understand the Apostle Paul’s admonition stating that a woman’s hair is to be long, and that her long hair is a glory to her one must go back to the beginning of the creation of all things. The Mighty One created all the heavens and the earth, and everything contained in them. Man (mankind) was/is the crowning item of that creation, the which He made according to His own image. The first male person’s name was Adam. He was firstly and directly made in Yehovah’s image. The first female person’s name was Eve. She was created from a rib that Yehovah had taken from Adam, after He had caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep. Having been made from Adam’s rib the woman was a part of the man, thus it can be said that she came forth from the man, therefore she shared the image of God, but only through the man from which she was taken. So Adam was directly made in the image of God, the woman was made by the same creator, but indirectly shares the image of God, having been taken from the man, she directly shares the image of man. Therefore, she has been from that time forward the very glory of the man, and the object of his affection. Furthermore, the man was created to be a direct reflection or illustration of God Himself, the woman was created to be an expression or illustration of the Church, or the individual Believer. Yehovah, the great creator, in His genius and unlimited power designed and constructed the two human persons to be living mortal expressions of these eternal and heavenly realities. His purpose being that in every aspect of their lives they would, if walking in obedience to the Holy Spirit, bring forth a constant and accurate testimony of great and eternal realities that exist in the heavenlies.