The YarmulkaIn the to be published study on the mezuzah I've included a bonus chapter on the Yarmulka or kippa, from which here an abstract.
Lately I’ve been asked, Pastor I see you wear one of those head coverings more and more often, are you Jewish and where do we find this in the Holy Bible?
My answer to this would be, in Hebrew it is called a Kipah or Yarmulka and I wear it sometimes out of respect for God and while in the presence of our Messianic brothers and sisters.
The Holy Bible has many references on head coverings, but most of the time they do not relay to physical head coverings but more to our hair. Men with long hair where not seen as a representation of God. As we are able to read in the following scripture;
1 Corinthians 11:3-16 (CEB) “Now I want you to 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 who prays or prophesies with his head covered shames his head. 5 Every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered disgraces her head. It is the same thing as having her head shaved. 6 If a woman doesn’t cover her head, then she should have her hair cut off. If it is disgraceful for a woman to have short hair or to be shaved, then she should keep her head covered. 7 A man shouldn’t have his head covered, because he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is man’s glory. 8 Man didn’t have his origin from woman, but woman from man; 9 and man wasn’t created for the sake of the woman, but the woman for the sake of the man. 10 Because of this a woman should have authority over her head, because of the angels. 11 However, woman isn’t independent from man, and man isn’t independent from woman in the Lord. 12 As woman came from man so also man comes from woman. But everything comes from God. 13 Judge for yourselves: Is it appropriate for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Doesn’t nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him; 15 but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? This is because her long hair is given to her for a covering. 16 But if someone wants to argue about this, we don’t have such a custom, nor do God’s churches. “
The Yarmulka however is not seen as a head dress but as a reminder of the presence and blessing of God, which is over me as a believer at all times.
I indeed said believer, because this is for Jew and Gentile alike. It is out of respect to God our Heavenly Father in which in the past, and even in our current day within some churches the women would wear a bonnet, or a hat.
Our Jewish brothers and sisters, myself and more and more Christians show this respect by wearing a head covering or yarmulka.
Within my studies of the roots of our faith and the Hebrew language I found that there has been so much that has been removed from our faith, just to eliminate the Jewish tradition and with that the Jewish people (God's people) from our faith.
In the Talmud (That we do not recognize as scripture) while the references are not in abundance it states that the purpose of wearing a yarmulka is to remind us of God, who is the Higher Authority "above us".
External actions create internal awareness; wearing a symbolic, tangible "something above us" reinforces that idea that God is always watching.
The yarmulka is a means to draw out one's inner sense of respect for God.
It has truly not been that long ago, that it was normal for both men and women to wear a head covering while in public, and concerning above mentioned scripture women did wear a head covering in church, as we are still able to see in many churches.
An external action as wearing something tangible is helpful for many to have a continuous reminder of something that needs to be done or remembered.
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