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Restoration Times July-August 2020


In this issue of the Restoration Times we cover:

• Fruits of the Spirit: Long-suffering
• Energy of the Holy Spirit
• Disengaged Devotion
• Satan Strikes Out
• Q&A
•Letters

Read on Issuu>>

e-News 7/31/2020

Thousand Restoration Study Bibles Ordered

In the first two weeks after the release of the fourth edition Restoration Study Bible, we have filled nearly a thousand orders. Many are requesting multiple copies to share with family and friends. The paperback Outreach version is making up about half of the orders. Time to upgrade your third edition with the many new features in the fourth, including a topical reference of 120 pages of in-depth study of 100 key topics. Subjects cover the gamut and include: Yahweh, Yahshua, baptism, Feast days, grace, jubilees, millennium, rapture, Sabbath, salvation, and sin. Call or conveniently place your order online at: https://www.yrmstore.org/

Tabernacles Lodging Filled at YRM

All Recreation Center lodging rooms are full for the Feast of Tabernacles. This is unusual for so early in the year. RV spots are also mostly filled. Tenting spots are still available. There are also numerous hotels in Jefferson City. We advise not waiting to make your lodging reservations. Register Here>>

TEST YOUR TUTELAGE

What was Esther’s answer to Mordecai’s second demand that she approach the throne uninvited, at great personal risk, and plead the cause of the Jews?
A.     No way! Do you want me to die?
B.     Okay, but you’ll need to go with me.
C.     Your demand is much too risky.
D.     I will do it and take the consequences.
“So will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:15-17).
Answer: D
Yahweh

Scholars Attest to the Royal Name Yahweh

Following is a compilation of sources confirming the pronunciation of the sacred Name “Yahweh.” While some maintain that the name is Yehovah or Jehovah, this form is a hybrid that developed through the practice of adding the vowel points from the Hebrew Adonai to the Tetragrammaton. Those vowels were not intended to be inserted into the Tetragrammaton, but were to warn the reader to use Adonai instead.

 

A Book About the Bible:

George Stimpson, p. 247.  “Jehovah in that form was unknown to the ancient Israelites.  In fact, Hebrew scholars say that Jehovah would have been impossible according to the strict principles of Hebrew vocalization.  The God of Israel was known by a name approximately rendered into English as Yahweh.”

 

Wycliff Bible Dictionary:

Charles Pfeiffer, Ed., “God, Names and Titles of,” p. 694.  “Yahweh was doubtless the approximate pronunciation of the tetragrammaton, the four-letter word YHWH, since transliterations into Gr. in early Christian literature have been found in the form of iaoue (Clement of Alexander) and iahe (Theodoret) pronounced ‘iave.’ The name is a variant connected with the verb haya, ‘to be,’ from an earlier form, hawa.”

 

The Oxford Companion to the Bible:

Bruce Metzger, Ed., “Names of God in the Hebrew Bible,” p. 548.  “The Bible often refers to God by his proper name, which was probably pronounced Yahweh …In the Hebrew Bible, the consonants yhwh are usually to be read as Adonai…’my Lord,’ for the sake of reverence, and English versions represent the word by ‘Lord’ or (less often) ‘God’ in capital letters.”

 

The Eerdmans Bible Dictionary:

Allen C. Myers, Ed., “Yahweh,” p. 1075.  “Although the meaning of the name remains subject to debate, Yahweh is most likely a verbal form of Heb. haya (perhaps originally hwy)…Because of the utmost sanctity ascribed to the name, Jews from postexilic times on have declined to pronounce it in public reading, and only the consonants were written (YHWH; the Dead Sea Scrolls use the archaic, ‘paleo-Hebrew’ script).  Although the original pronunciation was thus eventually lost, inscriptional evidence favors yahwae or yahwe.  The name is represented in the MT by the consonants with the vowel pointing for ‘adonay ‘Lord.’  From this derived ca, the sixteenth century the form ‘Jehovah’ (yehowah).  In modern usage pious Jews often substitute the expression has-sem ‘the Name.’”

 

The Journey from Texts to Translations:

Paul D. Wegner, pp. 172-173.  “The scribes reasoned that if they did not point the name Yahweh then it could never be treated lightly since his name would not really be known. Initially the real pointing was probably passed along by tradition, but in time it was lost. In Exodus 20:7 the name Lord is written in capital letters according to the convention of signifying the name Yahweh, but the name as it appears in the Hebrew text is hwhy (yehowa), in which appear the consonants from the name Yahweh (hwhy [yhwh]) and the vowels from the word Lord (ynda [‘idonay]). Proof for the fabricated nature of this word are the two vowels which appear on the waw, an impossibility in Hebrew. However, until the revival of the Hebrew language in western Europe scholars read the consonants YHWH (Germans would read them as JHVH) with the vowels of ‘adonay, thereby originating the incorrect form Jehovah.  This word was then introduced into English by William Tyndale and was continued by the King James Version.”

 

Understanding the Old Testament:

Bernhard Anderson, “Definition:  ‘Jehovah,’ ‘The Lord,’” p. 61.  “The personal divine name YHWH…has had an interesting history.  In the Old Testament period the Hebrew language was written only with consonants; vowels were not added until the Common Era, when Hebrew was no longer a living language.  On the basis of Greek texts, which of course use both vowels and consonants, it is believed that the original pronunciation of the name was Yahweh.  Notice the shortened form of the divine name in the exclamation, ‘Halleluyah’ — ‘Praise Yah.’

“However, because of its holy character, the name Yahweh was withdrawn from ordinary speech during the period of the Second Temple (c. 500 B.C.E. and later) and the substitute word — actually a title not a personal name — Adonai, or (The) Lord, was used, as is still the practice in synagogues.  Scholars who translated the Hebrew Bible into Greek (the Septuagint) in the third century B.C.E. adopted this synagogue convention and rendered YHWH as (ho) kurios, ‘(The) Lord.’  From this Greek translation the practice was carried over into the New Testament.

“The word Jehovah is an artificial form that arose from the erroneous combination of the consonants YHWH with the vowels of Adonai — written under or over the Hebrew consonants to indicate that the substitute is to be pronounced.  This hybrid form is often held to be the invention of Pater Galatin…but in actuality it can be traced back to a work by a certain Raymond Martin in 1270.”

 

The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible:

“Yahweh,” Vol. 4, p. 923.  “YAHWEH.  The vocalization of the four consonants of the Israelite name for God which scholars believe to approximate the original pronunciation.”

 

The Zondervan Pictoral Encyclopedia of the Bible:

“Yahweh,” Vol. 5, p. 1021.  “Yahweh…meaning debated but often tied to the root meaning to be, become.  The word Yahweh is a vocalization of the four consonants in the way many scholars think this covenant name for God was pronounced in OT times.”

 

Encyclopedia Americana:

“Jehovah, ” Vol. 16, p. 8. “An erroneous pronunciation of the name of the God of Israel in the Bible, due to pronouncing the vowels of the term ‘Adonay,’ the marginal Masoretic reading, with the consonants of the text-reading ‘Yahweh’…”

 

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia:

“God, Names of,” Vol. 4, p. 241.  “The English form ‘Jehovah’ arose by a Latinized combination of the four consonants (YHWH) with the vowel points that the Masoretes used to show that they meant the reader to say ‘Adonai’ when reading the tetragrammaton.  That is, they left the consonants for ‘Yahweh’ in the text but put with them the vowels for ‘Adonai’…Though the older English versions sometimes used this hybrid form with compound names (such as ‘Jehovah-Jireh’ [Gen. 22:14]), usually the divine name has been rendered by ‘the Lord,’ following the ancient Greek translations of the OT, which commonly rendered Yahweh by kyrios.”

 

The Encyclopedia of the Lutheran Church:

“Yahweh,” Vol. N-Z, p. 2537.  “The probable pronunciation of the OT four-lettered word YHWH, the most profound and sacred of the Hebrew names for God.  The name is interpreted in Ex. 3:14 as ‘I am who I am.’  The name was held in such high regard that the Jews were forbidden to pronounce it and read the word ‘Adonai’ (i.e., lord) instead.  When the Hebrew masoretes added the vowel points to the consonantal text, they used the vowels of Adonai with the four consonants YHWH; this was transliterated in the early versions as Jehovah.  This form of the word became quite popular, but it should be remembered that such a word never existed.”

 

The New Brown, Driver, and Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament:

pp. 217-218. “Yahweh, the proper name of the God of Israel … The pronunciation Jehovah was unknown until 1520, when it was introduced by Galatinus; but was contested by Le Mercier, J. Drusius, and L. Capellus, as against grammatical and historical propriety.”

 

Insight on the Scriptures:

Vol. 2, p. 5:  “Jehovah,” (Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 1988).  “Correct Pronunciation of the Divine Name. ‘Jehovah’ is the best known English pronunciation of the divine name, although ‘Yahweh’ is favored by most Hebrew scholars.”

Did you know?

“hovah” (Je-hovah) means ruin, and in Scripture is translated calamity, wickedness, perverse thing, iniquity, naughty, and mischievous. (Strong’s Hebrew and Aramaic Dictionary Nos. 1942 and 1943).

 

For more info on Yahweh’s Name see our free booklet: Your Father’s Name.

e-News 7/17/2020

Feast of Tabernacles Fast Approaching
With fewer than three months remaining until the Feasts of the seventh month, we pray you are making preparations to be with us for Tabernacles the evening of October 3-10 (depending on the new moon sighting). Only a handful of rooms remain in YRM’s recreation center. If you would like a room but have not registered, we suggest you act now! The local motel is closed, but other lodging is available in nearby Jefferson City.

If you have never kept the Feasts with us, make this the year to begin your walk of obedience, Leviticus 23:33-44. Above all, a Feast is a time to worship Almighty Yahweh (Lev. 23:1). There will be daily worship services along with a Bible study or two, an evangelism workshop, and introductory Hebrew class. For fellowship we plan an outdoor movie, sports events, river walk, bowling, hayride and wiener roast, ladies event, and much more. We will also hold a baptismal service for those seeking immersion into Yahshua’s Name. And don’t miss the traditional Night of Special Music where all can participate. You can register for Tabernacles at: https://yrm.org/feast-of-tabernacles-2020-registration/

RSB-4 Flying Out the Door
Hundreds of the fourth edition of the Restoration Study Bible were shipped this week. Phone and online orders are coming in daily, all day long. A group of believers in southern Missouri filled a pickup truck with more than 200 outreach paperback Bibles as part of their evangelism. Place your order online at: https://www.yrmstore.org/

TEST YOUR TUTELAGE
King Ahaziah, son of wicked Ahab and Jezebel, fell through an upper window in his palace in Samaria. Severely injured, he sent messengers to inquire of which pagan deity for healing?
A. Dagon
B. Baal-zebub
C. Mot
D. Molech
Baal-zebub (literally “lord of flies”) was a god of Ekron. He may have appeared as a fly; used flies as his messengers; or, more probably, was believed to control the breeding of flies. In the New Testament (spelled Beelzebub) he is regarded as a prince of demons (Matt. 12:24; Luke 11:15). The reason given for Ahaziah’s impending death was that he had sought help from a heathen idol and not Yahweh (2Kings 1:3, 16). Answer: B

e-News 7/10/2020

Fourth Edition in Motion
It was all knees and elbows as more than 200 new Restoration Study Bibles went out the door in the first full week of fulfilling requests for the Fourth Edition. Sis. Jessica Mansager has been substituting for Debbie Wirl in the mailing department while she is away (see photo). We are shipping out Bibles daily because of the high demand. Bibles can be ordered online or by phone. https://www.yrmstore.org/shop (click on the cover style you want. Contents exactly the same in all cover choices).

Seventh-month Feasts Three Months Away
Time to make your Feast reservations for the Feast of Tabernacles Oct. 3-10 at Holts Summit. Rooms are filling up at YRM’s recreation center. The past lockdown has apparently taken its toll on America’s Best Value Inn at Holts Summit, as it is now closed. Unless it reopens, those without campers or not tenting can still make reservations with a Jefferson City or Fulton hotel. The good news is that Jefferson City is only 7 miles away with many hotels to choose from. For reservation information and more see https://yrm.org/2020-feast-of-tabernacles/

TEST YOUR TUTELAGE
How will travel to the Holy Land be facilitated in the Millennium?
A. On oxcarts like the Ark of the Covenant
B. By boat down the Jordan River
C. On a cause-way through the wilderness
D. By Spirit Airlines
There shall be constructed, as it were, a great cause­way leading through the wilderness to Zion. “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, ii shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there,” Isaiah 35:8-9. Answer: C

RSB 4th Edition Is Here!

The Wait Is Over – Fourth Edition Bible Arrives
It was all hands on deck (and then some) as we took possession of the new Restoration Study Bible 4th Edition on July 1. Orders began flooding into YRM immediately upon announcing the new arrival after three months without Bibles to offer.

The 10,000 Fourth Edition Bibles filled the tractor-trailer on 23 pallets weighing a total of 18 tons. It took 2 hours to unload the shipping container that had traveled for weeks by truck, ship and rail from the Texas-based printing operation in Europe.

We are very pleased with the quality of the printing, binding and covers of all three styles of this Fourth Edition. They are: an Outreach edition paperback with a menorah cover photo taken by Bro. Russ King in Israel; a Designer with the Tetragrammaton embossed along the side as before; and a rich black cowhide cover enhancing the Premium edition. Personalization is still available. All three designs have the same content. This edition has more footnotes, charts and photos. We’ve also expanded to 120 pages the topical reference section, with subjects critical to proper Bible understanding. More details are forthcoming. For a quick look, go to https://www.yrmstore.org/shop

The RSB is based on the KJV. As with prior editions this Fourth Edition has superscript Strong’s numbers accompanying all the significant words in both testaments for ease in consulting Strong’s Hebrew and Greek dictionaries at the back. Bro. Randy Dimmett spent countless hours fitting text and other elements into a new, attractive layout.

The RSB is three books in one volume. We have again kept the cost to a bare minimum so that most anyone can afford one regardless of financial situation. Full-case/ Bulk order pricing is coming soon. Call 573-896-1000 to order (YRM offices are closed Sabbaths). Orders can also be placed online Monday – Friday (Online store is closed on Sabbath as well)

Yahweh Is Love

Yahweh Is Love

Many people are familiar with the scripture, John 3:16-17, “For Yahweh so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but shall have everlasting life. For Yahweh sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  This is definitely a wonderfully beautiful testament of Yahweh’s love! He sent Yahshua to the world for the sake all who believe.

There is also an inspiring scripture that plainly speaks of Yahweh’s love, 1John 4:16, “And we have known and believed the love that Elohim hath to us. Yahweh is love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in Elohim, and Elohim in him.”

Note: The preceding two scriptures are both in the New Testament. The reason I quoted them is to discuss what I have heard people say about Our Father in Heaven; that the Elohim of the New Testament is loving, in sharp contrast to the “angry and vengeful” Elohim of the Old Testament. I have heard some say that due to Yahshua’s sacrifice and the New Covenant, the ways that Elohim used to punish people in the days of the Old Testament are no longer necessary.

I wholeheartedly disagree with folks who view Yahweh as an “angry and vengeful” Elohim and with those who see a very different Elohim in the Old Testament than in the New Testament. Are there lessons to be learned from the Bible, such as in the accounts about the Great Flood and about Sodom and Gomorrah? Has Yahweh imposed consequences for disobedience? Absolutely, yes, and I’m not trying to sugar-coat anything. However, I cannot deny that, as I study and read the Bible, I see an Elohim of love and mercy throughout the Bible; I see an Elohim who loves and protects His people, who forgives their transgressions, and who essentially wants His children to love Him as He loves us.

In my earlier studies of the Word, there were two Scriptures I discovered that show Yahweh is, has, and always will be, the same:

First: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of Yahweh, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of Elohim may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

Second: Malachi 3:6 “For I am Yahweh, I change not.”

This led me to think, if all Scriptures are inspired by Yahweh and He does not change, and we further  read Scriptures showing Yahweh’s love in the New Testament, such as John 3:16-17 and 1 John 4:16, then surely Yahweh’s love can be seen in the Old Testament as well!

Prior to listing those Old Testament Scriptures, I would first like to mention the passage that inspired this article, Micah 6:8, “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth Yahweh require of thee but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy Elohim?” As we discussed in a recent Yahweh’s Restoration Ministry Bible study, this Scripture shows that Yahweh loves us and wants us to walk with Him.

 

Yahweh wants to have a loving relationship with us, like any loving parents would want close and loving relationships with their children. These Old Testament Scriptures show that Yahweh is love; Yahweh always has been and always will be a loving Elohim. He loves and teaches us and is an Elohim that His people can trust and turn to in times of trouble. He protects us and is a faithful, forgiving, and merciful El. (This list is not exhaustive!)

Genesis 6:8, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of Yahweh.”

Genesis 21:1-2, “And Yahweh visited Sarah as he had said, and Yahweh did unto Sarah as he had spoken. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which Elohim had spoken to him.”

Exodus chapters 3-13, The powerful story of how Yahweh freed His people from the bondage of the Egyptians!

Deuteronomy 7:7-9, “Yahweh did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because Yahweh loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath Yahweh brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that Yahweh thy Elohim, he is Elohim, the faithful El, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.”

Joshua 21:43-45, “And Yahweh gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein. And Yahweh gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; Yahweh delivered all their enemies into their hand. There failed not ought of any good thing which Yahweh had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.”

Judges 10:16, “And they put away the strange mighty ones from among them, and served Yahweh: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.”

1 Samuel 15:22, “And Samuel said, Hath Yahweh as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of Yahweh? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”

2 Samuel 7:20-22, “And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, my Sovereign Yahweh, knowest thy servant. For thy word’s sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them. Wherefore thou art great, O Yahweh Elohim: for there is none like thee, neither is there any Elohim beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.”

Nehemiah 2:4, 8, Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the Elohim of heaven…And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my Elohim upon me.”

Psalm 103:1-8, “Bless Yahweh, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless Yahweh, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Yahweh executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. Yahweh is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.”

Proverbs 8:17, “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”

Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith Yahweh: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

Isaiah 26:4, “Trust ye in Yahweh forever: for in Yah YAHWEH is everlasting strength:”

Isaiah 54:10-13, “For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith Yahweh that hath mercy on thee. O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. And all thy children shall be taught of Yahweh; and great shall be the peace of thy children.”

Jeremiah 9:24, “But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am Yahweh which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith Yahweh.”

Jeremiah 31:1-3, “At the same time, saith Yahweh, will I be the Elohim of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. Thus saith Yahweh, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest. Yahweh hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”

Hosea 6:6, “For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of Elohim more than burnt offerings.”

Joel 2:32, “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of Yahweh shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as Yahweh hath said, and in the remnant whom Yahweh shall call.”

Nahum 1:7, “Yahweh is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.”

~ by Judy Stern

e-News 6/26/20

Editing Computer Arrives
The Apple computer arrived this week and is being readied for service in processing videos, Restoration Channel programs, and publications, including the Restoration Times magazine. This computer is essential in all our office endeavors and we are grateful to all who contributed to this equipment upgrade.This new computer should last us years to come. With its improved capabilities, we will be able to more efficiently edit videos, photos, and everything else we do! Here is what the new computer looks like!

The old computer is still going to be used as a secondary editing station for minor projects, so nothing goes to waste!

Anticipating the Fourth Edition Bible
After a seemingly endless wait and fielding hundreds of inquiries from eager purchasers, we have been told from the printer that the new Restoration Study Bible should soon arrive. World Wide Printing in Dallas, Texas, has informed us that the 10,000 fourth-edition Bibles will arrive at YRM in about a week, barring any unforeseen delays. Our last copy of the third edition Bible went out the door three months ago, while the paperback Outreach edition has been out of stock for a year. The new RSB is in three designs: a paperback, a Designer with the Tetragrammaton embossed on the cover (as with the third edition Designer), and a Premium Bible in a cowhide cover. A handy new feature is the cut-out thumb tabs for quickly locating books in both Designer and Premium versions, which can also be personalized. All three will have the same content in each, as was the case in previous editions. The fourth edition will have a much expanded and detailed Topical Reference section, as well as additional charts and footnotes. A minimal increase in price makes the RSB an incredible value—three books in one! We have purposely kept the price to a minimum. Although we are not taking preorders, there will be ample copies available in all editions. The proceeds from Bible orders are folded back into a Bible account for future editions. More information, including pricing, will be upcoming on the website, the magazine, and in flyers once the Bibles arrive.

TEST YOUR TUTELAGE
Where did the Philistines come from?
A. Anatolia
B. Spain
C. Crete
D. Nordic countries

The prophet Amos cited Yahweh, saying, “Did I not bring up Israel from the land of Egypt and the Philistines from Caphtor?” Caphtor is the Hebrew name for Crete. These sea people emigrated during a period of unrest in Asia Minor and Syria in the 13th century BCE. Derived from “Philistine” is the name “Palestine.” Philo (20 BCE-42 CE) applied the name Palestine to Canaan. Jerome wrote, “…the land of Judea which is now called Palestine.” We prefer the name Judea over Palestine as it reflects biblically the land given to the tribe of Judah. Answer C.

Headship

At the very mention of this word most people will cringe at the thought that someone is in a position of authority to tell them what they can and cannot do. From creation of this world there has been a rulership of authority that has reigned on the earth. The Heavenly Father was in existence before mankind was created. Humans were given the ability to decide who they wanted to serve whether good or evil. They chose to disregard what the Father told them and ate of the tree of which they were not to partake.

Headship means – a position of leader or chief. In ancient times, and even to this day, men have been the ones accountable for the state of their homes and their family. However, in the days before the return of Yahshua scripture states that, in these end days, women and children will rule the home. Isaiah 3:12, “My people! Youths exert pressure on them, and women rule over them. O My people! Your leaders lead you astray, and swallow the way of your paths.”

Whether men are right or wrong there will be a day coming when men will stand accountable before the Father to answer for the state of their rulership.

Hebrews 13:17, “Obey those leading you, and be subject to them, for they watch for your lives, as having to give account. Let them do so with joy and not groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”

Ephesians 5:22, “Wives, subject yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Master.”

Ephesians 5:23, “Because the husband is head of the wife, as also the Messiah is head of the assembly, and He is Savior of the body.”

Ephesians 5:24, “But as the assembly is subject to Messiah, so also let the wives be to their own husbands in every respect.”

Ephesians 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives, as Messiah also did love the assembly and gave Himself for it,”

Women were not created as their own reigning entities. Women were created from man to be companions and helpers for them. Many will find authors and supporters of the belief that women are equal, if not superior, to men, but this assertion is not in line with Scripture, whether old or new.

Genesis 2:22, “And the rib which יהוה Elohim had taken from the man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.”

Genesis 2:23, “And the man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. This one is called ‘woman,’ because she was taken out of man.’”

Genesis 2:24, “For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

We see from the two following scriptures that women were not created of their own domain but were, not only made for man, but from man. 1 Corinthians 11:7 states, “…but woman is the esteem of man.”

1 Corinthians 11:8, “For man is not from woman, but woman from man.”

1 Corinthians 11:9, “For man also was not created for the woman, but woman for the man.”

In the verse below we see the hierarchy from the Father. There is no directive that states a woman is over the man nor is she her own authority.

1 Corinthians 11:3, “And I wish you to know that the head of every man is the Messiah, and the head of woman is the man, and the head of Messiah is Elohim.”

From the beginning of time, we see how decisions were made in the hierarchy that is noted in the scripture above. When a woman made a vow of which her husband or father did not approve, her vow was removed from her and she was forgiven. If her head authority approved and did not revoke her vow, then she held all responsibility for this vow or decision, as well as any repercussions from this commitment.

Numbers 30:3, “Or if a woman vows a vow to יהוה, and binds herself by some agreement while in her father’s house in her youth,”

Numbers 30:4, “And her father hears her vow and the agreement by which she has bound herself, and her father has kept silent towards her, then all her vows shall stand, and every agreement with which she has bound herself stands.”

Numbers 30:5, “But if her father forbids her on the day that he hears, then none of her vows nor her agreements by which she has bound herself stand. And יהוה pardons her, because her father has forbidden her.”

Numbers 30:6, “But if she at all belongs to a husband, while bound by her vows or by a rash utterance from her lips by which she bound herself,

Numbers 30:7, “And her husband hears it, and he has kept silent towards her on the day that he hears, then her vows shall stand, and her agreements by which she bound herself do stand.”

Numbers 30:8, “But if her husband forbids her on the day that he hears it, then he has nullified her vow which she vowed, and the rash utterance of her lips by which she bound herself, and יהוה pardons her.”

Numbers 30:9, “But any vow of a widow or a divorced woman, by which she has bound herself, stands against her.”

Numbers 30:10, “And if she vowed in her husband’s house, or bound herself by an agreement with an oath,”

Numbers 30:11,”And her husband heard it, and has kept silent towards her and did not forbid her, then all her vows shall stand, and every agreement by which she bound herself stands.”

Numbers 30:12, “But if her husband clearly nullified them on the day he heard them, then whatever came from her lips concerning her vows or concerning the agreement binding her, it does not stand – her husband has nullified them,and יהוה pardons her.”

Numbers 30:13, “Every vow and every binding oath to afflict her being, let her husband confirm it, or let her husband nullify it.”

Numbers 30:14, “But if her husband is altogether silent at her from day to day, then he confirms all her vows or all the agreements that bind her – he confirms them, because he kept silent towards her on the day that he heard.”

Numbers 30:15, “But if he nullifies them after he has heard, then he shall bear her crookedness.”

Numbers 30:16, “These are the laws which יהוה commanded Mosheh, between a man and his wife, and between a father and his daughter in her youth in her father’s house.”

While women today want to ascertain that they are free to make decisions and can override their husband’s authority, this is not true according to the Scriptures as a whole. Women’s decisions and vows were conditional in the Heavenly Father’s eyes to their heads (fathers or husbands) approval or silence. If a woman made an oath that her head did not support, she was excused from any consequences of this decision.

However, if a woman who made a vow was widowed or single, any negative consequences from that vow were her responsibility. Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I am planning for you,’ declares יהוה, ‘plans of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and an expectancy.’”

Some common questions or arguments presented by women about male headship:

If my husband will not lead our home how am I supposed to follow or submit to his authority?

1 Timothy 5:8, “And if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the belief and is worse than an unbeliever.”

According to this scripture, if a man refuses to provide or take his role as a leader, he is considered as an unbeliever. Trying to usurp his authority in order to “save” your home does not motivate your head to take charge. As is stated in scripture, a woman can lead her unbelieving spouse by her behavior.

1 Peter 3:1 “In the same way, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that if any are disobedient to the Word, they, without a word, might be won by the behavior of their wives,”

1 Peter 3:2, “having seen your blameless behavior in fear.”

As is the case in most social situations, if you try to overcome someone who is belligerent or violent nothing is accomplished but a power struggle and more pain and suffering. The best way to deal with someone who is aggressive is to remove yourself from the situation and get to a safe place while seeking prayer and wisdom.

My husband does not make good decisions so I must protect the family.
Because your spouse is making decisions that you are not in full agreement with does not give credence to your rebelliousness. If a man is wrong, the consequences will be on his head and not yours. Recall the situation with Abigail and Nabal; she intercepted to protect her household and husband when she learned of his decisions. When he was sober she told him what she did in a calm rational way. The scriptures do not indicate that she kept pointing out his error. It was in Yahweh’s hand and he dealt with Nabal in His own way. Abigail intercepted for the protection of the household, not to question her spouse on his decisions.

Let me leave you with these scriptures on what Yahweh is looking for in the conduct and behavior of wives and those under headship.
Titus 2:11, “Let a woman learn in silence, in all subjection.”

1 Timothy 2:12, ”But I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, rather, to be in silence.”

1 Timothy 2:13, ”Because Aḏam was formed first, then Ḥawwah.”

1 Timothy 2:14, “And Aḏam was not deceived, but the woman, having been deceived, fell into transgression.”

1 Timothy 2:15, “But she shall be saved in childbearing if they continue in belief, and love, and set-apartness, with sensibleness.”

Titus 2:3, “The older women likewise are to be set-apart in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of what is good,”

Titus 2:4, “In order for them to train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,”

Titus 2:5, “To be sensible, blameless, workers at home, good, subject to their own husbands, in order that the word of Elohim is not evil spoken of.”

By Luann Avalos