Cosmetics and Yahweh

By Network Minister
M. Tichi

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 Does wearing makeup offend Yahweh?

We stand in front of the mirror for a few minutes every day and apply our foundation, rouge, eye shadow, mascara, and lipstick, the things meant to make us look more attractive to the outer world, and socially acceptable to other men and women. Makeup is our mask, something used to hide our blemishes and accentuate our attractive physical qualities. So what does makeup represent spiritually, and what does scripture have to say?

Enoch 8:1-3
“And Azâzêl taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made known to them the metals of the earth and the art of working them, and bracelets, and ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones and coloring tinctures. And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they were led astray, and became corrupt in all their ways. Semjâzâ taught enchantments, and root-cuttings, 'Armârôs the resolving of enchantments, Barâqîjâl (taught) astrology, Kôkabêl the constellations, Êzêqêêl the knowledge of the clouds, Araqiêl the signs of the earth, Shamsiêl the signs of the sun, and Sariêl the course of the moon. And as men perished, they cried, and their cry went up to heaven...”

Ezekiel 23:40
“And furthermore, that ye have sent for men to come from far, unto whom a messenger was sent; and, lo, they came: for whom thou didst wash thyself, paintedst thy eyes, and deckedst thyself with ornaments,”

Kings 2:30
“And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window.”

Jeremiah 4:30
“And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.”

1 Timothy 2:9
“In like kind also, that women
(should) adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;”

Revelations 17:3-5
“And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness: and I saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet-colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and decked with gold and precious stone and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations, even the unclean things of her fornication, on her forehead a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF THE HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”

Clearly "Makeup" and lavish adornment is compared to the paint and garments worn by harlots and is not shown in a favorable light in scripture.

Many uninspired bible students will tell you that Yahweh places much emphasis on physical imperfections and, in fact, prefers the physically perfect to the physically flawed, justifying a need for makeup and adornment, even citing numerous examples in the Bible that “prove” our Father’s “clear” choice regarding unblemished appearances. Here are just a few:

Exodus 12:5
You must have an unblemished animal, a year-old male; you may take it from either the sheep or the goats.

Exodus 29:1
"This is what you are to do for them to consecrate them to serve me as priests. Take a young bull and two unblemished rams,

Leviticus 1:3, 10
"If his gift is a burnt offering from the herd, he is to bring an unblemished male. He must bring it to the entrance to the tent of meeting so that he may be accepted by the Lord. But if his gift for a burnt offering is from the flock, from sheep or goats, he is to present an unblemished male.

Numbers 19:2
"This is the legal statute that the Lord has commanded: Instruct the Israelites to bring you an unblemished red cow that has no defect and has never been yoked.

Ezekiel 46:4
"The burnt offering that the prince presents to the Lord on the Sabbath day is to be six unblemished lambs and an unblemished ram.

All offerings of lambs, goats, rams, and bulls are to be unblemished. Does this prove that Yahweh is trying to tell us that only the physically perfect human being is acceptable to Him? Is this what we are supposed to assume, and take literally from the very text of the Bible? After all, doesn’t the New Testament cite our Messiah as being unblemished?

Peter 1: 18, 19
“knowing that ye were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers; but with precious blood, as of a lamb without spot, even the blood of Messiah”

And is that, also, what is expected of us, as followers of Messiah?

Ephesians 5: 25-27
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Messiah also loved the assembly, and gave himself up for it
(her); that he might sanctify it (her), having cleansed it (her) by the washing of water (symbolic for purification) with the word, that he might present the assembly (her) to himself a glorious assembly, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it (she) should be holy and without blemish.”

Note: Strong’s Concordance for the word "Blemish."
3971 m'uwm moom usually muwm {moom}; as if passive participle from an unused root probably meaning to stain; a blemish (physically or morally):--blemish, blot, spot.

8549 tamiym taw-meem' from 8552; entire (literally, figuratively or morally); also (as a noun) integrity, truth:--without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerely (-ity), sound, without spot, undefiled, upright(-ly), whole.

8552 tamam taw-mam' a primitive root; to complete, in a good or a bad sense, literal, or figurative, transitive or intransitive (as follows):--accomplish, cease, be clean (pass-)ed, consume, have done, (come to an, have an, make an) end, fail, come to the full, be all gone, X be all here, be (to make) perfect, be spent, sum, be (shew self) upright, be wasted, whole.

My Sisters, Yahweh is not trying to teach us that we need to be physically perfect to enter His House and be members of "The Coming Kingdom on Earth," He is using a physical to Spiritual parallel to teach us something entirely different.

Messiah made this point very clear when he said:

Matthew 5:48
Be perfect, therefore, as
(in the same manner as) your heavenly Father is perfect (Righteousness).

Messiah Yahshua is NOT talking about physical perfection or imperfection any more than Yahweh is trying to teach us that we need to be physically perfect. He is teaching us that our soul is what needs to be perfected in Righteousness. Yahweh isn’t interested in our physical forms, which rot in the dust. This is a clever trick from HaSatan to confuse the issue so that WE are only focused on pleasing our Father with our physical appearance, and man, and our own vanity too, for that matter. After all, isn’t makeup really just a type of deception and a lie? Why are WE so ashamed of our flawed physical appearance
(vanity?) when it is the flaws in our soul(s) that deserve our attention and shame? When we love our Father and wish to please Him, our physical appearance loses its value and is no longer relevant to us because it isn’t relevant to our Father Yahweh (Nor is it relevant to a True Man of G_d).

We, as women, can, also, then assume that this not only includes makeup, but weight loss medications, gyms, spas, fashionable clothing, anti-wrinkle creams and plastic surgery, and all other deceptions that are meant to divert our attention from our Father Yahweh’s loving kindness and lure us further into the deception of a self-centered world that makes its lustful demands on us, and has absolutely nothing to do with REAL LOVE.

Having said this, if you find that your husband and/or the demands of society insist that you wear makeup for him/them, and/or keep physically attractive
("In Shape"), then you must make some choices. In the privacy of your own home or bedroom, wear the makeup just for your husband, because Yahweh has allowed this.

Hebrews 13:4
Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers G_d will judge.

Psalms 119:1
Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD, Yahweh.

For those of you, who feel that you must wear some makeup, then do so with extreme modesty, trying to appear as natural as possible. However, no longer allow yourself to apply that makeup out of sheer vanity, because it makes YOU feel better about your appearance. After all, Yahweh is interested in the “Intent of The Heart” and His opinion of us is what really matters here.

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