Bearded disciples are what the world mostly knew before theses modern times came around. Biblically speaking most of the men in the Bible had beards. Can you imagine Moses without a beard? Or what about Abraham? Or even Jehovah God himself?
Man is made in the image and the likeness of God, and he made us with beards.
Genesis 1:31 “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
So the beard that grows on a man’s face, was made by God, and he beheld it, and it was very good. Our modern culture for the most part does without beards. We are a clean shaven people by and large, in the western world.
Genesis 41:14 “Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and shaved himself, and changed his clothing, and came in unto Pharaoh.”
Psalm 133:2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments.”
1 Samuel 21:12-13 “And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the King of Gath. And he changed his behavior before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled upon the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.”
Ezekiel 5:1 “And you, son of man, take a sharp knife, and take a barber’s razor, and cause it to pass upon your head and upon your beard: then take balances to weigh, and divide the hair.”
So we see that Joseph, Aaron, David, and Ezekiel all had beards. There are statutes in the law that make it fairly clear that all the men of Israel had beards.
Leviticus 14:9 “But it shall be on the seventh day, that he shall shave all his hair off his head and his beard and his eyebrows, even all his hair he shall shave off: and he shall wash his clothes, also he shall wash his flesh in water, and he shall be clean.”
Leviticus 19:27 “You shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shall you mar the corners of your beard.”
Leviticus 21:5 “They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.”
Jeremiah 41:5 “That there came certain from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, even fourscore men, having their beards shaven, and their clothes rent, and having cut themselves, with offerings and incense in their hand, to bring them to the house of the Lord.”
Beards are the most natural thing in the world for a man to have. The hair just naturally grows as it does on the rest of the head and body. God put it there for a purpose. So even in our modern clean-shaved society, we should still have a holy reverence for beards. As a Christian all that God has created should fill us with awe and wonder. The human body is the very pinnacle of God’s creation. There is nothing that can inspire our imagination as much as the very body in which we live. It is God’s gift to us.
And then there is the account of a war started because a king listened to unwise counsel, and took the ambassadors that King David sent to him, and cut off half of their beards and their clothing. The men were so ashamed that David commanded them to hide out until their beards grew back, and then to return to Jerusalem. David then proceeded to muster the army, to attack that kingdom, and to defeat it.
2 Samuel 10:4-5 “Wherefore Hanun took David’s servants, and shaved off the one half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them away. When they told it unto David, he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed: and the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your beards be grown, and then return.”
So to the modern bearded disciples, I salute you, and I say, “More power to you.”