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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Ephesians 5:21-24

3R’s
Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. G-F-W. Amen
21Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives and Husbands

22Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
This has long been considered a very chauvinistic group of verses, and instead of bringing the church up, has been used as a divisive tool. Do we discount Paul’s teachings here because we do not agree with them?
It is important to look at several things here. Look at verse 21, submit to each other. Why? Out of reverence to Christ. Also, remember this was written by Paul during a time when the head of the household was the male. He was in charge of wives, children and slaves. Paul and the early church lived in this society, and he was not trying to overthrow Roman society. He just wanted people to follow God’s spiritual laws. Can we ignore this teaching because we think it is outdated and no longer pertains to our society?
Our families are the most important building stone to Christian fellowship, and every unit has to have a leader. Paul tells us that the Husband is that leader, in everything. Sometimes a husband will decline to lead, if so the wife must take charge to keep the family going.
One last comment, it is also thought that the women of Ephesus may have started to try and run the church. It was in it’s early development, and that is not too hard to believe.
If the husbands were not in charge, the church and the Christian movement would not be respected by society because it was being led by the women, who were second class citizens in the day. Men, do not take these verses as a symbol of superiority, we are also commanded to live in certain ways and show our wives love and support, but that is for tomorrow.
Prayer- Lord, Help us all to submit to each other out of reverence for Christ. Go-Fight-Win. Amen
Things to do-Read Ephesians 5:25-33

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Blogger Chad Mc said...

ah, I am very familiar with these verses. Remember when I said there were some crazy evangalist on SFA campus, well they had a poster with all the sins in the world, well most of them. There were some basic ones like Don't Steal, Don't kill, Curse, use magic, gamble, and everyone who saw these were like "yeah yeah yeah, we know". The one that got everyone upset, especially the women, was when it said "Feminism". That shook up alot of people. And their main reason for it was this very verse. They said that if a wife would ever rebel agaist her husband, then she would go to Hell for sinning. Several people asked if the husbands were suppose to respect the wife, they said sure but if the wife was ever disrespectful, they were sinning. Boy those guys were great.

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