Man, the Male Leadership Role as Directed by God - Part 20
We left off with the main verses which is so under attack by the libertine today.
1 Corinthians 14:34; Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
1 Corinthians 14:35; And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
Again, the libertine, would present new meaning to words of scripture, with an urgency that "God must understand is the new way of thinking."
These verses continue to take a heavy hit from the libertines. Their tack is to take one back to the Old Testament Jewish teachings, citing Jewish law or "mitzvah" which relegated women in the "synagogue" to a place of obscurity. But they never really question this situation. They just make their humanist argument that the OT is out of date. Then the twist is easy.
"We have to bring it in line with the 20th century (when they really got heady.) And, though it appears they are speaking of Old Testament concepts, when the heads of their followers begin the bobble-headed wiggles of consent, they "update" the entire Bible, OT and NT, with their thoughts. And it is missed by many.
In this slight-of-hand, one misses the fact that God has already done some "updating" when He caused the New Testament to be written. But God's "updating" is not to fix the errors complained of by the libertine. God's "updating" is but the fulfillment of another of His promises, His prophecies. As a starter consider Jeremiah 31:31 with Ezekiel 37:21-28. And in between these covenants, Israel will live dispersed among other peoples, Hosea 8:8.
We are now in the last part of that time of Hosea, the Age to Grace, the Church age to name a couple of the titles for this dispensation. It is the times of the Gentiles, Luke 21:24. There was no error on the part of God, no updating called for, but there will be a fulfillment.
However, the libertine is not satisfied with God's plan. It is not enough. They must make their own. And how better to do it than to show that God's old law, the OT as most would have it, was flawed. Plant the seed of doubt in the area most vulnerable, the area where there are rules.
We can be sure the old Jewish law was based on scripture, but, as with most of the man-made updates, 613 mitzvahs, the concept was so bent out of shape as to be unrecognizable as the Word of God.
We need only look at the dialogue of Malachi to understand the thought process that brought about these MITZVAHS. The old Rabbis’ warped application does not give license to any to negate what God has said back in Genesis 3:16. Nor is there any excuse to disregard what God is saying, through Paul, here in this verse. It is the way He wants it. But let’s look a little further.
"Church" and "churches" are used in these verses. These are the designated locations where women are not to speak. Why? It would seem it is because the "church" is the foundation for all teaching.
Consider, Adam was given a charge. He allowed the woman to sin. Whether by indolence or concession, the woman brought destruction upon mankind by speaking with the serpent and being swayed by his calculated words. Would Adam have been fooled? We don’t know. But we do note that God is not a God of confusion, 1 Corinthians 14:33, and He put the responsibility for propriety of action directly on the man. This has not changed.
It would seem that if women are allowed the directorship, in any way, in the church, man would be playing with fire once again as in the Garden. We will see this later, but, for now, let’s stay on point and consider two issues before us, the church and the marriage contract.
"Church" is used 77 times in the New Testament. It is never used in the Old Testament. "Churches" is used 37 times in the New Testament. It is never used in the Old Testament. The word is the same for each. It is the compound Greek word "ekklesia" (1577). Its meaning is a compound of NT:1537 and a derivative of NT:2564; a calling out, i.e. (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both): assembly, church.
We, the church, are the "called out ones." Called out from what? The world. We are to be different in our actions and direction than the people of the world. Are we better? No, not for a minute, but we are saved. If you know Jesus Christ as your personal savior, you are a member of the "church."
Being careful, we must point out that of the 114 times these are used, there is only one instance where it has a different meaning, Acts 19:37, where it is used to describe a person not the church. We have covered this action previous in both O.T. and NT words.
The point we are stressing here is that women are to "keep silence in the churches." And this verse is quite important, though the words are not to be taken as harshly as some have. The saved are all a part of the one "church of Jesus Christ," the universal church of all believers. But here we have a plural used. There is but one "church of Jesus Christ."
Therefore, we may accept that "churches" means assemblies of believers as the word "ekklesia" denotes. In other words, the regular meetings, worship and/or other gatherings of a local church when meeting as that church in a duly called assembly. And God is adamant about who is to be in charge.
We continue next time.