Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 24 Scripture Selection: I Timothy 2
Food for Thought: I Tim. 2:11-14
Let’s tackle a subject that for many is quite challenging and somewhat uncomfortable: the “woman question.” In order to do so, we must be willing to submit to the Word and the will of God unwaveringly, trusting that God’s desire for us is only for good.
First, let us be sure of the original meaning of the text. In verse 12, the term woman is referring to wife, according to Strong’s Concordance, just as the term man refers to husband. This is confirmed by the context of the marriage relationship of Adam and Eve referred to in the passage. If the word for woman meant “any female,” it would contradict the Lord’s own decision to place women in positions that would provide guidance to men. (See, for example, Judges 4 for the case of Deborah as a judge over Israel, 2 Kings 22:14 to see about the prophetess Hulda whom men consulted, and Acts 21:9 concerning the four daughters of Philip who prophesied, as well as Acts 2:17 which confirms it prophetically.)
Understanding the true meaning of what the Lord would want prevents harmful misunderstandings that would exclude women from flowing in the fullness of the gifts given them by the Holy Spirit. In the spirit, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Gal. 3:28).” It is in the natural, the external, where there is a distinction, specifically in marriage, obviously. In Ephesians 5:21-33 explains that there is a chain of command which actually began with Adam and Eve. How strange it would have been for Eve, who came from Adam, to instruct him in the naming of the animals, the managing of the Garden, and so on. She was the new-comer! He was given the role as leader—but not a harsh dictator—and she was given the role as “helper comparable to him (Gen. 2:18).” Those roles are also clearly defined in I Peter 3:1-8: “Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives,…Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered. Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous.”
This is not to say that the woman should have no input in the decisions of the marriage and household. If that were so, then she would not be fulfilling the role as “helper.” However, when the roles become switched, and the wife begins to feel superior in knowledge and wisdom and compelled to straighten him out (and she certainly may have more understanding in an area), the dynamics in the marriage are altered, and the original purpose of the husband’s leadership role becomes compromised, just as it would be for a colonel to presume to direct the general in military affairs. The subordinate may very well know more than the higher ranking officer, but it is out of order for him to assert any authority over him. And with the wife, it is so most of the time when discussing weighty subjects. The husband will most likely learn better by the Holy Spirit and other men than by his wife nagging him or trying to impose her will or understanding of an issue, especially spiritual ones. Respect for him and his position is of much greater value than showing him that she is right and he is inept in a certain area.
When both spouses fulfill their roles according to the Word of God and by His Spirit, things run very smoothly. Even if only one would by faith continue to do so, all the while expecting the other to become eventually transformed by the Word, there is hope for things to go well. But if pride enters in them, conflict, problems, and big mistakes arise, just as in the case of Adam and Eve.
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