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“Submitted and Free”

Paul’s next encouraging words are found in the book of Ephesians where we will camp out for a few days before moving forward.  “Most scholars believe Colossians and Ephesians were written early in Paul’s 2-year imprisonment in Rome because he never hinted of a possible release as he did in Philemon and Philippians.” (1)   

Beth wants to take us through a journey on the book of Ephesians and starting with vs. 22-23…  “Submitting to one another in the fear of Christ” in v. 21 is an attitude of all Christians to be submissive to one another.” (1)  As I understand it, there should be some mutual submission going on and that it never was meant to be one-sided or used to exploit others.  Paul’s primary objective when talking to women was submission and when addressing men it dealt with love.  Beth thinks it is written that way targeting our weaknesses, but I differ and think that he knew women needed to be loved and men needed to be the leader. 

“Before we learn what submission means for Christian wives, let’s learn what it does not mean:

  1. Submission does not mean women are under the authority of men in general! (1) Beth points out that in the KJ version that Paul is explicitly speaking reference to the husbands and marriage only… not a blank check to all men.
  2. Submission does not mean inequality! (2)  Paul even mentions in Galatians 3:28 “There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”… all are considered equal in the sight of God!
  3. Submission does not mean wives are to treat their husbands like God! (3)
  4. Submission does not mean slavery! (4)

So know that we know what submission does not mean let’s look at what it does mean. “Paul didn’t dislike women; he liked order!!  He advocated order in the church, order in government, order in business, and yes, order in the home.’ ‘Paul regarded husbands and wives as spiritual equals, though with certain obvious and functional differences.’” (5)

Beth also shares that “God is good and loving” and “God granted women a measure of freedom in submission that we can learn to enjoy… namely having someone else to join in on the responsibility of raising a family.” (6)

Another thing that stands out to me is the simple fact that if Christ called us to freedom, why would he want us to be in bondage?

Vicky

(1-6) Paul, 90 Days in His Journey of Faith / Beth Moore / B & H Publishing

Have you ever fallen asleep in church?

Window in Hukvaldy castle

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I love Beth’s sense of humor, I love her reflection from scripture, and I find her one of the most amusing women I hope to one day meet!! :)

Reading Acts 20:1-12 Beth points out some of the humor from scripture!  Sometimes we can get so spiritual about everything there is no room to reflect and see some of the humor in the lives of some of the characters!  Today is the perfect example.

Paul is on the road traveling again and wanting to get back to Jerusalem for Pentecost.  Three times a year all Jews made their way to Jerusalem to celebrate their festivals and this was one of those times that Paul was eager to get back.

During his stay at Troas, Paul breaks bread with his friends and begins to talk… and talk… and talk until midnight because he intended to leave the next day.  People are sitting around listening to him, there were many lamps lit and the atmosphere is cozy.  There was someone sitting in a window and falls into a deep sleep as Paul talks “on and on” and ends up falling out of the window from the third story!  Apparently someone thinks he’s dead.  Paul runs down and throws him self on top of him and says “don’t be alarmed he’s alive!”  He probably just had the wind knocked out of him.  Paul goes back up three flights of stairs to break bread with them and talks until daylight and then leaves! And then “the people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.” (vs. 12)  Who knows maybe this could have been when the idea to put glass or some kind of protection surrounding window openings started! No matter what thank God the guy was fine!!

Beth’s biggest point is that “the love of Christ so compelled Paul that his energy seemed to have no bounds … and sometimes his energy exceeded that of his audience.  Like many preachers and teachers, Paul preached longer than his audience was prepared to listen.’ ‘Wouldn’t you have loved to see Paul’s face when the boy fell out of the window?” (1)

“Here is my moral to the story; may God bring back to life whom man hath put to sleep…and don’t sit close to a window when working on her lessons, listening to one of her teachings or reading one of her books.” (2)

Have a great day!

Vicky

(1-2) Paul, 90 Days in His Journey of Life / Beth Moore / B & H Publishing

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