Hair – An Important Symbol

Hair as a symbol is badly misunderstood, or not at all, and very important. There are 2 main meanings in the Bible which you can apply to your dream discovery process.

First, it stands for a covering, either the glory of God or shame. Adam and Eve, previously covered with God’s glory, immediately covered themselves to hide their shame after they sinned. No one had to tell them to do this; it was automatic. Shame can also be seen in other coverings such as a beard or excessive makeup in women.

Psalm 69:7 Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Shame has covered my face.

Adam and Eve used fig leaves as a covering. Fig leaves are a symbol of good works, a substitute for what God really wants. (I’ll write on the fig tree another time.) Later God covered them with animal skins. As long as Hebrews (Jews) were under the Law they wore beards. The shame does not go away until after it is completely lifted by the sacrificial death of Jesus. Hence, Christians do not usually wear beards. When a formerly clean-shaven man sports a new beard, you might ask yourself, has he recently sinned? Of course, in some circles today it is just fashionable. I’ve been told Jesus in heaven has a small trimmed
beard. Two children who went to heaven report this an accurate portrait.

A handsome man of my acquaintance came to my office sporting a new beard and I was so shocked I said, ” My God,” which ordinarily I never say as a sign of respect. I knew then he had committed adultery. Furthermore he and the beard looked awful. Later facts proved my reaction true.

Women don’t have beards so they substitute hair shielding their eyes; shamed people do not want you to look into their eyes. Notice the people on TV with hair in their faces as they testify before Congress. The covering says more than the testimony, which we notice is usually a dodge. Political pundits tell you – quite truthfully – that it is never the crime that catches the chicanery, but the cover-up. The word “cover-up” tells us the tale! And they are always trapped by it.

Excessive make-up is associated with a prostitute or perhaps excessive clothing to hide scars of which they are ashamed.

Psalm 44:15 My dishonor is continually before me, And the shame of my face has covered me.

Remember back in the 60s we made fun of teenagers who wore dark glasses indoors and at night. Baldness, in the spirit, means no ministry at all, although there are plenty of ministering believers as bald as an egg. Genes are not to be confused with the promises and symbols of the Almighty. Yes, we know they were often strung out on drugs, needing a guise to keep the narcs away but it also was a sign of shame.

The Islamic burka does that for Muslim women. They are hidden by the shame of their religion, as well they should be, one which ordains murder as a rite of passage to heaven. The “glory” of women is their hair, and since the word woman symbolizes the church, the ministry of the church is its glory.

1 Corinthians 11:15 But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering.

Islam has no desire for the Church of Jesus to be glorified or seen, nowadays even to exist, all signaled to us by the covering of the women. Symbols like this can easily be interpreted in ordinary life. If reflects theology.

Notice how quickly your child hides something as you enter his room suddenly. What have they hidden, and why? Smart mothers see this. There are even more scriptures about covering which I’ll include at the end.

But hair also symbolizes ministry. This is a complex idea and probably a new thought to you. There is a good deal of Law in the Old Testament about hair, how long, how trimmed, when not to shave etc. It all seems quite arcane. But if you think of this having to do with God’s ministry through you it makes more sense. Hair, after all, grows by itself. There is not one thing you can do about it, as many a bald man has despaired.

The interpretation is that God does not want you tampering with your ministry, except under careful conditions. There are too many ministers (Christian included) who add to God’s word, or more often and worse, leave a good bit out. Neither pleases the Lord. He wants His word presented His way.

There are 89 references to hair in the New King James Bible, so obviously we can’t go to all of them. But take the time to look them up. Seeing that hair means ministry helps you understand God’s message, in this case, to mostly men who are the Old Testament ministers.

Trimmed hair is thrown into the fire – that means that you must be willing to see your ministry destroyed. We are not to hang on to even our best, divine successes. It shows our dedication. Or it may be a test. {If you do not have a Bible the web site Bible Gateway is free and easy to use. }

After a “time of separation” usually referring to a season of fasting, hair is sometimes shaved off and then regrown anew. This sort of thing happened to me. My ministry today is not a whit like 35 years ago. That old hair is gone. I am told that every cell in the body is replaced every 7 years, with the sole exception of the brain cells.

God promises that not one hair of our heads will be lost. That means ministry done for Him and in His name does not go away. I spent about 10 years working with inmates and victims of crime. Sometimes I look back and wonder if it “worked.” It’s God’s promise that He will keep these newbies in check and I need not worry.

This is a good promise from God.

Proverbs 16:31 The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, If it is found in the way of righteousness.

Silver is a symbol of salvation, just as gold means holiness. All those people that you led to the Lord are your silver-hair. You wondered what kind of crown you’ll have in heaven? It’s all those people you reached for Christ.

Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

1 Thessalonians 2:20 For ye are our glory and joy.

Perhaps the most important scripture involving hair is found in the New Testament. How many people have fallen into a deep ditch over this one.

1 Corinthians 11:6 For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered.

A woman whose husband is not a believing Christian or who has fallen away from following Christ for some reason should end her ministry until he is straightened out. That is the symbolic meaning of this passage. I happen to know a couple where this happened. The wife did not accept that she should stop and trouble ensued for her until she realized this passage was for her. Her problem simply was, she would not accept that her husband had turned his back on Jesus.

Following this logic, we can also assume that a congregation that has a fallen minister should also wait until they get a new one before continuing the church’s work. Ministers do not need to be saints, plastic or otherwise, but neither should they have a string of sinful failures. It takes time to rebuild one’s reputation and that is best done away from the limelight or spiritual leadership.

Here are the additional passages I promised referring to shame and a covering. Look up Samson’s story too. {Judges 16} It is about hair.

Psalm 69:7 Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Shame has covered my face.

Psalm 89:45 The days of his youth You have shortened; You have covered him with shame. Selah {Selah means meditate or contemplate on this.}

Psalm 109:29 Let my accusers be clothed with shame, And let them cover themselves with their own disgrace as with a mantle.

Proverbs 12:16 A fool’s wrath is known at once, But a prudent man covers shame.

Jeremiah 3:25 We lie down in our shame, And our reproach covers us. For we have sinned against the Lord our God, We and our fathers, From our youth even to this day, And have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.”

Jeremiah 51:51
We are ashamed because we have heard reproach. Shame has covered our faces, For strangers have come into the sanctuaries of the Lord’s house.

Ezekiel 7:18 They will also be girded with sackcloth; Horror will cover them; Shame will be on every face, Baldness on all their heads.

Obadiah 1:10 [ Edom Mistreated His Brother ] “For violence against your brother Jacob, Shame shall cover you, And you shall be cut off forever.

Micah 7:10 Then she who is my enemy will see, And shame will cover her who said to me, “Where is the Lord your God?” My eyes will see her; Now she will be trampled down Like mud in the streets.

In conclusion, you can now have the information to recognize hair in your dream as a message.

Post Script: The scripture where the Lord says He knows the number of hairs on your head is

Matthew 10:30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Meaning – He knows the extent of your ministry which, since you can’t count your head hairs, means He knows more than you do about what you should be doing.

This post on hair has been the most popular one on this blog for all of October, and outstripping every other one even for this year. So I re-post it.

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