TUESDAY July 10, 2018
Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.
1 Corinthians 14:34-35
Many people believe this Scripture presents Paul as a male chauvinist. However, this is one of the most misinterpreted Scriptures in the Bible. Paul was really grounded in theology. So what is the true context of these Scripture verses?
Paul had a big problem with the Corinthian women; in the synagogue, men sat on one side, and the women on the other side. When the Rabbi was teaching and came to a passage that the women did not understand, they would interrupt the public teaching and shout over to their husbands. Communication was going back and forth between everyone, and it caused chaos in the Church.
Paul saw the problem and taught the Corinthians that, instead of interrupting the teaching of God’s Word, their wives should wait until they got home. As the husband was the head of the home, their wives could ask them the meaning of what was taught in the synagogue.
Understand, this Scripture is not teaching submission, as if the husband is the boss sitting on the couch as king. As he turns on the TV, and anything he wants, he claps his hands, and his wife gets it for him. He orders the woman to submit. No, this is not the proper order.
Honestly, we sometimes have the view that women are less than men.
But who is the humble servant of all? Christ. God says that the husband is to love his wife, and, as he loves his wife like Christ loves the Church, I guarantee that automatically the wife will love and submit to her husband (Ephesians 5:22-33 ).
As a husband, the Christian is to look upon the portrait of Christ Jesus, and he is to paint according to that copy.
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