Posted by: biblestudyseattle | April 10, 2013

Ephesians 5:21

“…submitting to one another in the fear of Christ.” Chapter 5 of Ephesians details how Christians should behave and relate to one another. Not until verse 22 is marriage dealt with. Yet many say verse 21 is about marriage. Why? It sounds so equitable and fair. But if it’s true of marriage, it must also apply to a 13 year old daughter, if she’s a Christian. Should a parent submit to her daughter equally as she submits to mom? Obviously not. The same goes in marriage.
How many husbands seethe when told they are to love their wives as Jesus loved the church? How many husbands say this only applied to first century culture? How many wives bristle when told they are to be subject to their husbands in everything? When we live our marriage as God has designed, we draw people to Christ. It’s actually a witness; a form of evangelizing. Yet many women make Christianity look bad by trying to subtley be the head of their household. “They are to teach what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and children, to be sensible, pure, good homemakers, and submissive to their husbands, so that God’s message will not be slandered.” Titus 2:3-5 Slandered?! Whoa! It’s a shame that divorce among Christians is no less than the world. It’s because Christians have fallen for Satan’s lies (like the misapplication of Ephesians 5:21) and adopted Feminism. Here’s an interesting scripture:

“And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman conceive seed, and bear a man-child, then she shall be unclean seven days; as in the days of the impurity of her sickness shall she be unclean. And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. And she shall continue in the blood of her purifying three and thirty days; she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying be fulfilled. But if she bear a maid-child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her impurity; and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying threescore and six days.” Leviticus 12:1-5

Bet you won’t hear that one Sunday morning! Why do girls require twice the time for purification? Why do women file for divorce at twice the rate of men? Perhaps God knows something we are hesitant to admit? Perhaps women cause more sin than men? Maybe, maybe not. But we will find out in the resurrection, when the truth comes out. Ask a person about their deceased parents. You are likely to get a very honest assessment. Thus it will be in the resurrection, when no one will have to fear personal reprisals from speaking the raw truth about others.

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