Date: Sat Jul 05 1997 - 14:33:25 EDT
1 Corinth 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.
4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth
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.
Is it possible that Paul sets up a metaphor in v 3 that is to be carried
forward into the following verses? Thus, Paul expects the reader to see v 4
as, "Every man...having his head (Christ) covered (under authority)..." In
this fashion, Paul could be using the Corinthians' preoccupation with the
form of obedience (wearing of a hat) to illustrate the superiority of the
substance of obedience (the subjection of man to Christ, and woman to man).
In this manner, he shows the error of arguing over form when substance is
what really matters. In other words, I don't think Paul (nor God) cared
(cares) whether a man or woman had (has) long hair or short.
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