We previously noted in our last study that facial cosmetics originated from Egypt. In continuation, the free web encyclopedia known as Wikipedia emphasized this fact:
“The ancient Egyptians regarded beauty as a sign of holiness. Everything the ancient Egyptians used had a spiritual aspect to it, including cosmetics, which is why cosmetics were an integral part of their daily lives. . . In tombs, cosmetic palettes were found buried with the deceased as grave goods which further emphasized the idea that cosmetics were not only used for aesthetic purposes but rather magical and religious purposes.”
The God of heaven has warned the Israelite not to partake of the abominations of other nations when they enter the promise land:
“When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you . . . all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.” Deut. 18:9-12.
But we learnt in the scripture that the Israelites did not only learn the way of the abominations of these nations but also did worse then them. This is exactly what we are seeing today among our professed Christian women.
When it comes to the issue of modesty, the world finds no difference between them and us. Satan is exultant in his victory to ruin the people of God and hinder them from entering into the heavenly Canaan has he hindered ancient Israel from entering the earthly Canaan. He seeks to make us feel good and relax as we sit in Church ignorantly listening to some false gospel that does not require reformation in the way we dress both in Church.
Jeremiah 4 and the Daughters of Zion
Jeremiah 4 verse 30 is another Bible verse that talks about cosmetics or make-up. To understand this text is to understand the context, although the text is clear regarding the issue of face painting and what God thinks about it.
There was a plea for repentance from God to Judah and Jerusalem for the abominations which is practiced in the land (vs. 1). If they refuse to repent and put away their abominable practices, then God has promised to send forth judgment and a “great destruction” from the North (vs. 4-6). The destroyer of the Gentiles or the King of the North (King of Babylon) will make the land desolate and inhabitable (vs. 7). Through “horsemen and bowmen,” “destruction upon destruction” will come upon the “daughter of Zion” (vs. 29, 20, and 31). But God’s mercy is mixed with His judgment. He promised that this coming destruction will not be the final destruction; He will not make a full end of Jerusalem and Judah for the evil of their doings, for their wickedness, rebellion and foolishness (vs. 27, 4, 18, 17 and 22).
We may point out many things that must have procured God’s wrath from chapter 1 to 4, but some clear reasons are revealed in verse 30 of chapter 4. “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.” Jer 4:30.
The women of Judah didn’t paint their faces to please God, even though they represented God’s Church in that generation, God never instructed them to wear facial cosmetics or make-up. Their main objective was to make themselves fair or beautify before their lovers. This reason is still the very reason why many women, both in the world and in the church wear make-up. But the Lord, in Jer. 4:30, said this objective will be in vain, that is, VANITY is the end product of them that paint their face.
As far back as 1832 Adam Clark commented on Jer. 4:30 as follows. Note, Adam Clark was a Methodist theologian.
Though thou rentest thy face with painting – This probably refers to the custom of introducing stibiuma preparation of antimony, between the eye and the lids, in order to produce a fine lustre, which occasions a distension of the eye-lid in the time of the operation. In order to heighten the effect from this some may have introduced a more than ordinary quantity, so as nearly to rend the eye-lid itself. Though thou make use of every means of address, of cunning, and of solicitation, to get assistance from the neighboring states, it will be all in vain. Reference is here particularly made to the practice of harlots to allure men.
In 1706, Matthew Henry, the non-conformist protestant minister of England, also commented on this as follows:
She rents her face with painting, puts the best colours she can upon her present distresses and does her utmost to palliate and extenuate her losses, sets a good face upon them. But this painting, though it beautifies the face for the present, really rends it the frequent use of paint spoils the skin, cracks it, and makes it rough so the case which by false colours has been made to appear better than really it was, when truth comes to light, will look so much the worse. . . See what creatures prove when we confide in them, how treacherous they are instead of saving the life, they seek the life they often change, so that they will sooner do us an ill turn than any service. And see to how little purpose it is for those that have by sin deformed themselves in God’s eyes to think by any arts they can use to beautify themselves in the eye of the world.
Made in God’s Glory
We were told that God created man fearfully and wonderfully.
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14.
Whether we accept it or not, make-up is a superficial and outward false covering that never came from the hand of the master creator. God never intended to add to our beauty because make-up is not natural. I repeat for emphasis sake: “there are no scriptures in which God commands any woman, whether godly or ungodly, to paint her faces or wear facial cosmetics for the sole aim of enhancing or augmenting that which God has created.”
What God wants on our faces is His glory and not make-up that will falsify the natural beauty he has given to us. Just as the people saw the glory of God on the face Moses, Jesus wants us to likewise reflect the glory of God and to anoint our eyes with eye salve.
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. ” 2 Cor. 3:18. (See Rev 3:18).
In the future articles, we will continue from where we stop and look further into other Bible references and Health implications of make-ups in the long run on our skin.
How to Cite this article: Odunuga, O. E, “The Shocking Truth Behind Makeup.” keepyoufromfalling ministry. Retrive 4:00pm. June 30, 2016 from https://keepyoufromfalling.com/2016/07/01/the-shocking-truth-behind-make-up-part-three/
Note: This article is an excerpt from my up coming book, “Shocking Truth about Make-up: Origin, History and the Bible.” Watch out for it soon.