Women Who Are “Reverent in Behavior”
One of the twelve characteristics of a Titus two woman that Paul lists, is that the older women are to be reverent in their behavior. v. 3a "the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior” (1)
Paul first draws a word from the Roman world to capture the entire bearing of these godly role model women in Christ's church. He uses the word that meant to operate as a priest in a temple. In the ancient world, temples to gods were always outside of town. People had to stop, take a bath, change into special clothes and then walk down a "sacred way" often a mile or more to the temple. Then they were served by sacred priests who acted as representatives of the gods.
The Greek word “semnos” translated “reverent” is used only here in the Bible, and it conveys the idea of priest-like. That word for ‘acting as a representative of a god’ is the word Paul uses to describe the devout and godly character of the Titus two woman. Older women are to live like holy priests serving in the presence of God. Their sacred personal devotion to the Lord has slowly come to influence every aspect of their lives.
Paul calls all of us who will be useful in Christ's church to the same high calling. So this consecrated, godly woman heeds what Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as [a person] thinks in his heart, so is he.” The Titus two woman knows that whatever she reads, listens to, watches, and allows to stay in her mind is what she will become.
So a godly woman (or any believer) who allows anything, whether TV, movies, magazines, or any other media to stimulate her flesh by feeding her mind with lying, profanity, illegitimate sex, gossiping, occultic images, and so much more--will slowly have their mind depart from “noble, dignified, worthy of respect, and holiness” and soon after their actions will follow their mind away from being “reverent in behavior.”
Godly older women have simply taken Romans 12:1-2 seriously. They have presented themselves to the Lord, they have begun to live life the way God asked them to live—as a walking temple of God, as a consecrated priest of God, as a living sacrifice, and as a bondservant of the Lord.
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