Some religions are teaching that men should wear head covering during fellowship
and worship services every Sabbath and whenever there is fellowship in the Name
of the Messiah. They teach that those that do not wear head covering are
disobeying the TORAH. Is this correct?
We shall first look at some scriptures in the New Testament writings then compare with the Tanakh or Torah.
1Co 11:4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered,
dishonoureth his head.
Some try to wrestle with the above self explanatory scripture by saying that Paul
was writing to non-believers or fallen Corinthian believers and hence does not
mean man should not cover his head and they try to support their interpretation by saying that we should understand the context of this scripture. The following
context is self explanatory and does not support such false interpretations of
1Co 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.
1Co 11:4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.
1Co 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.
1Co 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.
1Co 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.
1Co 11:8 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.
1Co 11:9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
1Co 11:10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of
the angels.
1Co 11:11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
1Co 11:12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman;
but all things of God.
1Co 11:13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God
1Co 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
1Co 11:15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her
for a covering.
1Co 11:16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom,
neither the churches of God.
TANAKH OR TORAH Now let us look at the TANAKH or called Old Testament scriptures and see if the
above scriptures are in line. Let us compare with 1 Corinthians 11:4, 7.
1Co 11:4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered,
dishonoureth his head.
1Co 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. We shall look at the High Priest and priests. Our High Priest today is the Messiah
and not any man. A mitre is a head covering.
The High Priest was required to have a head covering always unlike Priests that
wore bonnets and other priestly garments for a special purpose – work of the
Sanctuary. Our High Priest today is the Messiah and no man should cover his head to be like the High Priest during worship and fellowship services to day.
Exo 29:4 And Aaron and his sons thou shalt bring unto the door of the tabernacle
of the congregation, and shalt wash them with water.
Exo 29:5 And thou shalt take the garments, and put upon Aaron the coat, and the
robe of the ephod, and the ephod, and the breastplate, and gird him with the
curious girdle of the ephod: Exo 29:6 And thou shalt put the mitre upon his head, and put the holy crown upon
the mitre.
Exo 29:7 Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and
anoint him.
Exo 29:8 And thou shalt bring his sons, and put coats upon them.
Exo 29:9 And thou shalt gird them with girdles, Aaron and his sons, and put the bonnets on them: and the priest’s office shall be theirs for a perpetual statute: and
thou shalt consecrate Aaron and his sons.
A mitre was put upon the High Priest’s head while bonnets (caps) were put upon
the priests’ heads.
From the Interlinear Scripture Analyzer (ISA) concerning Exodus 29:9 we have the
following: H4021 migba`ah mig-baw-aw’
from the same as H1389;
a cap (as hemispherical).
KJV: bonnet.
Lev 8:9 And he put the mitre upon his head; also upon the mitre, even upon his
forefront, did he put the golden plate, the holy crown; as the LORD commanded Moses.
Concerning the mitre from the ISA we have the following:
H4701 mitsnepheth mits-neh’-feth
from H6801;
a tiara, i.e. official turban (of a king or high priest).
KJV: diadem, mitre. Lev 21:10 And he that is the high priest among his brethren, upon whose head the
anointing oil was poured, and that is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not
uncover his head, nor rend his clothes;
Exo 28:4 And these are the garments which they shall make; a breastplate, and an
ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle: and they shall make
holy garments for Aaron thy brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.
Zec 3:5 And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre
upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood
1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people;
that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness
into his
marvellous light:
Exo 28:40 And for Aaron’s sons thou shalt make coats, and thou shalt make for
them girdles, and bonnets shalt thou make for them, for glory and for beauty. Exo 28:41 And thou shalt put them upon Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him;
and shalt anoint them, and consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may
minister unto me in the priest’s office.
Lev 8:13 And Moses brought Aaron’s sons, and put coats upon them, and girded
them with girdles, and put bonnets upon them; as the LORD commanded Moses.
Eze 44:15 But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to
me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and
the blood, saith the Lord GOD:
Eze 44:16 They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my
table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.
Eze 44:17 And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and no wool shall come upon
them, whiles they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within.
Eze 44:18 They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen
breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with anything that
causeth sweat.
Eze 44:19 And when they go forth into the utter court, even into the utter court to the people, they shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them
in the holy chambers, and they shall put on other garments; and they shall not
sanctify the people with their garments.
When the priests came out of the sanctuary inner court they were commanded to
take off their clothing including the bonnets and put on other garments. Their
clothing was for ministering before the LORD. The bonnets (caps) were for glory and beauty as they ministered before the Lord in gates of the inner court.
Things to take note are the following:
(a) Holy anointing oil
No physical holy anointing oil was poured onto our High Priest the Messiah but He
was anointed by the Father using the spiritual anointing oil of the Spirit. We hear
the Messiah testifying about this saying, “The Spirit of the LORD has anointed me…..”. Was there physical holy anointing oil poured onto the Messiah the High
Priest according to the TORAH?
Luk 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach
the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach
deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty
them that are bruised, Luk 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
(b) Priesthood clothing
Since all believers are now priests, do we have to wear exactly the same physical
priesthood clothing? It is the garments of righteousness that we need to wear as a
body of priests so that we may offer spiritual sacrifices. We no longer offer animal
sacrifices. The priesthood clothing was a shadow pointing to the righteousness of the Messiah imputed upon us when we believe the Messiah and obey the TORAH.
Exo_31:10 And the cloths of service, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest,
and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest’s office,
Exo_35:19 The cloths of service, to do service in the holy place, the holy garments
for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest’s office.
Isa_61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the
robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a
bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
Rev 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and
white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
1Ti_2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly
(c) Priests’ bonnets (caps)
Isa_59:17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation
upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was
clad with zeal as a cloke. Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the
word of God:
The bonnets (caps) which the priests used to wear were one of the garments or
clothing which the priests used to wear when ministering to God in the sanctuary.
Today we are supposed to wear the helmet of salvation which is the Word of
YHWH. Wearing physical bonnets today has no spiritual significance unless we wear the helmet of salvation.
1Co 11:4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered,
dishonoureth his head.
1Co 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.
SERVICE OF THE PRIESTS The Priests performed their priestly services in the first tabernacle and to do this
they were required to wear certain attire including bonnets (caps). All these were
pertaining to the old tabernacle which was a shadow of the heavenly one. No one
should force people to wear same physical priestly clothing and bonnets (caps)
which were worn by priests for performance of services in the first tabernacle in the
holy place and we know that this tabernacle was a SHADOW (of the heavenly one) which was shown to Moses in the MOUNT. The services were pertaining to this
shadow of the real object. Today we got the object which we must approach in a
spiritual sense.
Heb 9:6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into
the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
Heb 9:7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
Heb 9:8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not
yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
Heb 9:9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both
gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as
pertaining to the conscience; Heb 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal
ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
Heb 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater
and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this
Heb 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Heb 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an
high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the
Heb 8:2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
Heb 8:4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are
priests that offer gifts according to the law:
Heb 8:5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses
was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith
he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. Heb 13:11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the
sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
Heb 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own
blood, suffered without the gate.
Heb 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his
reproach. Heb 13:14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
Heb 9:1 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a
worldly sanctuary.
Heb 9:2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick,
and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.
Heb 9:3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Heb 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without
shedding of blood is no remission.
Heb 9:23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens
should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better
sacrifices than these.
Heb 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God
for us:
Heb 9:25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into
the holy place every year with blood of others;
Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change
also of the law. The following were the shadows:
(a) Earthly tabernacle (& services pertaining to it including animal sacrifices)
(b) High Priest (to our present High Priest, the Messiah)
(c) Clothing of priests (to the clothing of righteousness & salvation)
(d) Blood of animal sacrifices (to the blood of the Messiah


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