Hairy Crowns

The hair is the ‘glory’ (1 Corinthians 11:15) of a woman and the strength of a man. It is the essence of a person. In fact, one regulation was, ‘Priests must not shave their heads or shave of the edges of their beards or cut their bodies. They must be holy to their God and must not profane the name of their God’ (Leviticus 21:5-6). There seems to be a direct correlation between the hair and our spiritual disposition. No wonder when one wanted to make a special vow, ‘a vow of separation to the Lord as a Nazarite’ (Numbers 6:2), one of the requirements was, ‘During the entire period of his vow of separation no razor may be used on his head. He must be holy until the period of separation to the Lord is over; he must let the hair of his head grow long’ (v5). The hair of the Nazarite man or woman was ‘dedicated’ (v9) to the Lord. So, when the period of separation was over, the Nazarite ‘is to shave off the hair that he dedicated. He is to take the hair and put it in the fire that is under the sacrifice of the fellowship offering’ (v18). Since one was to ‘present as the best and holiest part of everything given to you’ (18:v29), then it means that the hair is the finest part of the human body, for the Nazarite presented it to the Lord alongside the sacrifice. A famous Nazarite, Samson, even let out the secret to his strength saying, ‘No razor has ever been used on my head, because I have been a Nazarite set apart to God since birth. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man’ (Judges 16:17). Samson’s strength was supernatural because of the Spirit of God on him that was symbolized with ‘the seven braids of his hair’ (v19), clearly alluding to the sevenfold Spirit of God.

Just as hair has a deep connotation in God’s Kingdom, so does it in the demonic realm. This is because the devil inverts and perverts all things that are of God, for he ‘corrupted his wisdom’ (Ezekiel 28:17). In fact, the reason why the devil corrupted his wisdom was because his ‘heart became proud on account of (his) beauty’ (v17). Now in the earth, he ‘leads the whole world astray’ (Revelation 12:9), and it is obvious that he will cause mankind to take pride in their beauty and so corrupt their wisdom, just like he did. So, the hair holds as much significance in the demonic realm, for it is the part considered best in the human body. No wonder Jesus says, ‘And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered’ (Matthew 10:30). Jesus uses hair and not any other body part to pass across our importance to Him, for He knows the significance of the hair, since He created us. But the devil who corrupts everything seeks to turn the hair as a cause to dishonour God. Physically speaking, he has managed to convince many that by putting on fake hair that they are now another gender, or that they are now ‘more beautiful’. In fact, the fake hair business is one of the top in the world. Hence, the devil has managed to convince many that what God created on our heads is not good enough, and that plastic hair, or hair from another random human being is better than the God-given. This too is one of his cunning devices and pure wickedness.

Satan himself has his demons with hairy crowns as a mark of their defiance to God. When the Abyss was opened and creatures came out to strike the earth, John in the vision of the end times describe them as; ‘On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth’ (Revelation 9:7-8). Clearly, the devil is obsessed about desecrating our image, for we are God’s image, and so will try to change our physical appearance by all sorts of products and add-ons engineered from his cunning mind to foster confusion, esteem issues, identity crises, and sheer wickedness. The hair is a main target, and no wonder people will pride in their fake hair and think that it makes them ‘more attractive’, or that they are automatically transformed from a man to a woman – simply because of hair! Absalom, David’s son, was a handsome man and took pride in his looks. ‘From the top of his head to the sole of his foot there was no blemish in him. Whenever he cut the hair of his head – he used to cut his hair from time to time when it became too heavy for him – he would weigh it, and its weight was two hundred shekels (2.3 kg) by the royal standard’ (2 Samuel 14:25-26). It is evident that Absalom took pride in his appearance, especially his hair. It is no surprise then that it is his hair that caused him to become proud and try to overthrow his father’s kingdom. This is made evident because on the day of his death, ‘He was riding his mule, and as the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom’s head got caught in the tree. He was left hanging in mid-air, while the mule he was riding kept on going’ (18:v9). His hair became a trap for him, causing him to be killed by his pursuers. Indeed, ‘the terror you inspire and the pride of your heart have deceived you’ (Jeremiah 49:16).

Clearly, hair is a representation of a person. That is why God tells Ezekiel to ‘shave (his) head and (his) beard’ (Ezekiel 5:1) and burn it, strike it with a sword and scatter it to the wind, and tuck some to symbolize how the people of Israel would die, go to exile, and a remnant left. So, hair not dedicated to God is equivalent to a person not being dedicated to God, not being in true fellowship with Him. As a result, one outside of God is only concerned about their hair, about themselves. In other words, they have pride, a demonic spirit. ‘The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, tripping along with mincing steps, with ornaments jingling on their ankles. Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion; the Lord will make their scalps bald’ (Isaiah 3:16-17). The pride of the women of Jerusalem was connected to their heads, and so that is the place God brought judgement. He says, ‘instead of well-dressed hair, baldness’ (v24). So, their hair was attached to pride, for they corrupted their wisdom. In fact, for all wicked people, God says, ‘See, the storm of the Lord will burst out in wrath, a driving wind swirling down on the heads of the wicked’ (Jeremiah 30:23). So, spiritually speaking, the heads of the wicked are full of hair, they are full of pride. As a result, punishment is inflicted on their head, just like Jesus crushed Satan’s ‘head’ (Genesis 3:15), and not any other part.

Surely God will crush the heads of his enemies, the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins’ (Psalm 68:21). Spiritually speaking, those who are proud have hairy crowns for they do not pay heed to truth and correction. ‘Woe to the city of oppressors, rebellious and defiled! She obeys no one, she accepts no correction. She does not trust in the Lord, she does not draw near to her God’ (Zephaniah 3:1-2). So those with hairy crowns, with pride, will be forcefully shaved off and become bald, for God ‘resists the proud’ (James 4:6). ‘He mocks proud mockers’ (Proverbs 3:34), by making their scalps as bald ‘as the vulture’ (Micah 1:16), by destroying the pride. ‘In that day, the Lord will use a razor hired from beyond the River . . . to shave off your head and the hair of your legs, and to take off your beards also’ (Isaiah 7:20). In other words, complete destruction of those with hairy crowns will be apparent. So, spiritually speaking, we must be bald, for we must do away with pride and embrace humility. No wonder Paul says that, ‘If a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him’ (1 Corinthians 11:14). For if one has pride, it is a disgrace – for ‘pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall’ (Proverbs 16:18). Hence, we should constantly be spiritually bald as our hair, our being, is offered to God as ‘living sacrifices’ (Romans 12:1) – for Believers are Nazarites, separated to God. Paul also puts it in another way saying, ‘every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonours her head’ (1 Corinthians 11:5). In other words, even if we have things to be proud of, we should not take pride in them, but cover them. That is why he says, ‘If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness’ (2 Corinthians 11:30), for we are to take off any hairy crown. Indeed, ‘When a man has lost his hair and is bald, he is clean(Leviticus 13:40).

Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord’ ~ Jeremiah 9:23-24

We have heard of Moab’s pride – her overweening pride and conceit, her pride and arrogance and the haughtiness of her heart. I know her insolence but it is futile,’ declares the Lord, ‘and her boasts accomplish nothing ~ Jeremiah 48:29-30

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls ~ Matthew 11:29

‘. . . the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives forever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say; You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being’ ~ Revelation 4:10-11