WHY?!? Why does a woman need to be covered?

Yesterday’s post about the place of a single woman in kol Israel sparked some spirited conversation in several places, but it was my early morning Telegram message this morning that made my brain explode!! Let me explain.

The Telegram was from Jeremy, sojourning brother and occasional author on this blog. It said,

My brain went into overdrive. “How?” We have discussed that and related passages ad nauseum. Surely we’ve not just gotten the meat off the bone, but also sucked out the marrow. “What did we miss?”

By way of background, we have really, really dug deeply into headship and patriarchy. We’ve covered the relationship of Messiah:Assembly = man:woman. A whole book that demonstrated that Paul’s teaching on man:woman relationships originates in Torah and IS God’s authority structure has come out of those and related discussions.

I quickly dialed the phone as my curiosity was piqued.

After a few morning niceties, he says, “You remember all those discussions we’ve had about how a man can save or condemn his house?”

My head spun through Achan, Korach, Abraham, the Jailer, etc. Over and over in Scripture we see that the man, as head of the house, has a direct role in the blessings or curses on that house. Further, there seems, throughout Scripture, to be a direct relationship between the man’s relationship with Yah and the wellbeing of the family. But, we puzzled, how significant is it?

I said, “I don’t have my Bible in front of me. What does the verse say?”

Jeremy read,

23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. 

Ephesians 5:23 (See 5:22-33 for full context)

Without him explaining anything, I said, “There it is! You just blew my mind!” I was stunned!!

I was thinking:

husband is head of…wife
Messiah is head of…Assembly
Messiah is Savior of…the Assembly
The implied connection is:
husband is savior (redeemer?) of…wife

This exactly parallels other examples seen throughout Scripture and things Paul says!!

An excited exchange began that boiled over into a Torah observant men’s chat that we both participate in.

Man, as a bondservant, is in submission to Messiah. But, though he is a bondservant, he has a leadership role for his own family that parallels, or images the Messiah to his family and to the world.

Later in the day, this passage came to mind:

11 A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. 12 But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. 13 For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. 14 And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. 15 But women will be saved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.

I Timothy 2:11-15

When I brought it up to the group, Yeshayahu, the man behind the camera in most of my videos last summer, said in part,

“…a man is at least a critical element in a woman finding favor with Yah!”

I couldn’t agree more, and the I Timothy 2 passage seems to connect a larger theme Paul has in his teachings.

It seems that by coming under the headship/authority of a man and walking in submission to him, a woman is intentionally rolling back the sin of Eve and willfully battling the first rebellion! She is clinging and submitting to the authority placed over her in the same way the man is to cling to and submit to the Messiah! This is a mindbendingly beautiful picture and parallel! No wonder the adversary HATES headship and patriarchy!

A clear example in Scripture is Isaiah 4:1 where the antidote for Isaiah 3 is for women to place themselves under the authority of a man so that their reproach/rebellion might be removed!

There is much more to this and I need to process more to really understand the depths of this insight, but it seems the ‘why’ a woman needs a covering is because it is directly connected to her sanctification and redemption in some very important way. It is a rejection of rebellion against Yah and an embracing of Him, His ways, and the authority structure HE has for HIS people.

My mind is still spinning. I can’t wait to see the comments or see your emails!

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6 Responses to WHY?!? Why does a woman need to be covered?

  1. Gregory says:

    Great insights.

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  2. Benjamin says:

    Rebellion is as witchcraft. If a maiden does not make it her priority, to find a man who will have her, and to whom she can dedicate herself as helper (in all aspects that he may need from her), then she is in rebellion. That’s her purpose. To do those things is the reason why we continue to feed her and clothe her, and allow her to consume resources.

    Rebellion is as witchcraft. There is no reason for us to keep pretending, nor allowing others to frame our conversations such, that a group of women exists who are: grown, intentionally not yet married, and are also on the side of Elohim.

    The proposal is ridiculous on its face.

    “Well, my relationship with Messiah is not based on….” “My salvation is not about a man….”

    No; she doesn’t even have a relationship with him, nor is she on the path of salvation.

    If she has not gotten married, it is because she refuses to be married to a man for whom she is suited/worthy.

    A man I know says, “there are only two teams… the white jerseys and the black jerseys”. If she isn’t doing what a woman ought to do, as a helper to a man, then she isn’t on the “white jersey” team, at all.

    She can’t do what she pleases, and then pretend that she is following the coach of the white-jersey team.

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    • Pete Rambo says:

      Your comment reminds me of this important paper connecting feminism, witchcraft, and monogamy-only indoctrination… https://113restoration.com/2020/04/18/feminism-witchcraft-and-monogamy/


      • Benjamin says:

        Wow! I am humbled, again.

        I didn’t know that other fellows made the case that the monogamy heresy is the cornerstone, the first step, the sin-qua-non of feminism. (That is, you cannot eliminate the curse of feminism/witchcraft, while you don’t have the liver to eliminate the sin of the monogamy heresy.)

        But, I see, now, that my insights in that area, are not original. 🙂

        The desire for witchcraft and nicolaism are the driving impetus for monogamy culture and laws. It is not coincidental. The monogamy heresy is usually the first step in a long and pre-calculated journey to perdition. It’s not well-intentioned; it’s not innocent; it’s not just a coincidence.

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  3. Shaul says:

    Love you guys…started to read this and I wondered what could be new after all the midrashing with the deepest of thinkers. I got goose bumps after thinking about it and then thought as deep as my little brain could think…so I read Eph 5 and especially verses 22 to 33…something really stood out…in verse32…’this secret is great’….then I thought of Rev 10:7 …there is truly a mystery going on here and I believe mysteries are meant to be solved……I think with ‘true’ intense investigating Yah will begin to reveal them. Would love to sit with you guys and just midrash all day and learn from you. Be mightily blessed

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