Job 13 / Nahum 3 / 1 Peter 1
How many wrongs and sins have I committed? Show me my offense and
So man wastes away like something rotten, like a garment eaten by
Those who assumed to have wisdom were mistaken about what was happening to Job. In the beginning we're privy to the events happening in the world where God lives, what the humans in the story didn't know about. The story is taken up with so many assumptions by the humans that they thought they knew what was happening. But they didn't know, they only assumed to, which meant nothing in the real world, about which and Whom they are ignorant. The one it was happening to didn't even know, but he did know that he was okay with God, and not in the condition of what the accusers were saying, of being smitten by God for harboring sin.
If only you would be altogether silent! For you, that would be wisdom.
One of the most significant and difficult things the sons get to deal with is the non-notoriety from the humans, the putting away of the validation that our animal nature needs, craves and loves to have satisfied in us—what we want from the humans because we're animals, but what we can only ever get from the Father and the Son. The orthodoxy of religion and the cult of celebrity has made hidden sons like Peter into super heroes, so the regarding of them in their true life before the Father is wildly skewed in the animal interpretation. Consider Jesus the most celebrated superhero, much greater than Peter before God, versus his actual life as a seemingly ordinary human who was not regarded very highly. His life was not as the superhero that is portrayed in the culture which made up his new status of being generally accepted and acceptable.
He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Actually he was lonely and destitute, and died ignobly and shamefully. He didn't say things that made people like him, but just the opposite—what made them revile and hate him—because he wasn't a god for the humans but a savior of the Father's sons. He was the teacher who told the truth about God that the humans didn't want to hear—that He wasn't a God that the humans expected or wanted, that He wasn't for their survivalistic purposes.
How can you say, "We are wise,
for we have the law of the LORD,"
His life of grief and suffering was a metaphor in itself to show the sons that this life means nothing and is not worth holding onto like every wild animal does more than anything else. His life declared that this existence is for shedding all of the things that the animal wants to grab and hold onto so tightly, and instead seek the Father and search for what pleases Him—that His own sons would not be defined as merely wild animals who live, act, think and are motivated by what all the animals are, but would be motivated by finding the Father's hidden and secret truth.
For a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
As a human, Jesus was not as he is assumed to be by the humans, who turned his character into what it wasn't, what it still remains today. His validation didn't come from the humans, which is the driving point of the temptation record. The "devil," (serpent, snake, beast, craftiest animal) tempted him to get that validation for himself, which he could have because as an animal with his qualifications (the genuine Son of God who was to come into the world), that was his animal right to take if he chose to.
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.
Jesus not seeking that human validation, not being led by the force of the animal nature to satisfy the instinctual needs, cravings and lusts which were his right to satisfy except for the Father's command, made him perfect meaning not inhabited by the animal nature, which is the sinful nature, so he was "without sin." Jesus was hidden in God because he denied himself the relief of following the animal cravings and chose the Father, to obey His command for him. That is where he found his refuge, life, meaning, purpose and validation. The temptation to get all that from the humans, because he was a human, was huge and significant; but he understood the order because the life of the Father lived in him and told him.
I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head--it is just as though her head were shaved.
There is an order in God's world, the order appointed by God for His purposes. Peter was an apostle appointed by God, a pillar in the new creation of Jesus. There was a prevailing order in God's kingdom, for the members of that kingdom who lived before the abomination happened: God, Jesus, Man, Woman. In the first century women didn't just wear little scarves or hats on their heads, which only covers their hair. Head coverings were garments that were fastened to the tops of their heads, but the important feature of the head covering was that it contained a veil that could either be draped backward to expose the face (allowing the woman to be seen, noticed) or else it could be draped forward over the front of the face, thereby making the woman invisible in the sense that her face, or identity, could not be seen. She was invisible, hidden. There is an example of a head covering as the NT believers would have understood them in this sketch. Notice that the blue part on top, which is now drawn back, is also able to be draped forward for the times when she was praying among men. That was when she made herself invisible for the sake of the angels, as Paul says.
If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head. A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head.
There is no understanding of the order of God in the humans I have observed, because the life which created and maintained that order went away. Consider today if one were to suggest that, they would be railroaded by the women, and I would guess that the men would probably allow that to happen. But is a man allowing a woman to rule him the same as loving her, as Christ loved the church? Men being ruled by women is not a NT (pre-abomination) thing, approved or instituted by God, but a cultural thing, instituted and driven by humans who do not know God, and who are ignorant of His order. The religious groups just take their cue from the culture they exist in. It wasn't a bad thing for women, but a good thing; the idea of needing to be equal is an animal need, because of the survivalist instincts.
What Paul had in mind in this mode is that very order. "A sign of authority on her head," for the woman, is symbolic of the fact that she understands the order, that she is willing to become invisible, to be hidden in the man as the man is hidden in the Son, and the Son is hidden in the Father. If a woman had the spirit of the Lord in her, giving her life and understanding about the things of God, she was willing to submit to God's way because she loved it and she knew that she was safe within the confines of the order that God approved of and provided for her via the word of the teacher who lived in her. The need for survival, to be equal at the animal level where the humans exist, was not an issue because these human animals were being transformed into sons of God.
By the spirit she knew that she was one of "God's elect, a stranger in the world, who has been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood." She was happy that she had been bought with a price, and it was good enough for her to be found hidden in the Lord and his identity. She loved her place as hidden servant, as Mary Magdalene loved and served the Lord. If she was ruled by the animal, she would not want to submit to the order of God. She would despise it because she was afraid, ruled by the animal need to protect her self and her rights—by vaulting her ego and her animal power above the will of the man, as men do with each other.
As for younger widows, do not put them on such a list. For when their sensual desires overcome their dedication to Christ, they want to marry. Thus they bring judgment on themselves, because they have broken their first pledge. Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to. So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander. Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan.
The animal nature created many of the big problems Paul faced when dealing with the human believers. It was a situation that God rejected because it reflected an ignorance of the things of God and an adherence to the things of the human animal and the power structures it creates for itself, according to its need to survive, unlike the example of the firstborn Son who, even though he was the most important human ever to be born to a woman, he heard the command of the Father and he took his place as one whose life would be a reversal of what the animals naturally desire to attain to. A comprehension of the Father's order was only possible when these sons of God who lived in the first century were actually being led by the spirit of the risen Jesus, and were truly being found in him. After the abomination the humans are ruled by the animal so it doesn't matter because there is no order except that which the humans create for their own benefit.
These verses are based on Paul's understanding of the veil that Moses took off when he spoke directly to God, and then wore when he spoke to the people—symbolized as the woman, the wife of God. It spoke to the condition of the Jews' hearts before God as Paul knew it, and all those who were not set free by the work of the Lord when he ripped the veil apart and at the same time created the new order of things. Paul knew that when Jesus accomplished this, the veil over the hearts of the elect was lifted and they could now embrace God as Father, who before was unembraceable and unapproachable.
When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. But whenever he entered the LORD's presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the LORD.
This whole section is about love—how Jesus made the loving, tender heart of God available, which before was hidden. It is about how the sons in the first century were able to come face to face with their new Father, who was not defined by unapproachable fire and glory for those who were His; but rather the love, care and concern of a good Father toward His loved children, IF they were being transformed away from their state and condition as animals with that nature, which are because of it kept away from the Father. Only the sons can come near to the hidden Father.
Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
With regard to married women—if it was true that a woman and man, upon marriage, become one flesh, and the man was head of the household, then a woman would understand that by the order of God she was a servant and was found in the man's identity, and the man hides in the Lord's identity, and the Lord hides in God's identity; which was the case after Jesus went to the Father and they became one, so he possessed the power of God because they are the one newly created being. Everything in that sense is as God desires it to be, without the chaos of the animals creating whatever order they want that fits their need to manipulate and control.
Now the Lord is the spirit, and where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the spirit.
If she is completely covered and cannot be seen, then it's clear that the order is intact because it's displayed as such. I understand that this will be met with great resistance in this time of democracy and equality. However, it is not for the world, but only those who have the spirit of the Lord living in them, which will bring also the desire to submit to his order instead of the order of the animal.
A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head.
This is not just for women, to be putting them in their place because with the same genuine intention of upholding God's order, a man must submit to Christ's rule over his life as the woman submits to him and he submits to God—to be completely subdued by the one who is greater for the sake of peace. The order of God was part of the harmony that marked the new covenant, before the abomination which caused the earth's desolation of that harmony, and the covenant. For man there can be no order because the animal merely survives and there is no order to that, just chaotic control (for their survival). Whoever has the power makes the others submit to it, a temporary scenario because animal power is highly volatile. The ways of God are above the ways of man, which always change based on the prevailing sentiment of the day. Losing our life is just that—losing our animal aspirations, ego, needs, cravings, lusts, animal identity—for the purpose and cause of God and His Christ.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways
my ways," declares the LORD.
What does God say about a people who do not understand, who do not desire to submit or even to know, His ways?
I said, 'Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not
known my ways.'
What does God say to a people who love His ways, who honor and respect Him, and desire to put away the evil nature of the animal who despises Him and hates His way?
Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.