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18 Wives, [gune] submit yourselves [hupotasso] unto your own [idios] husbands, [aner] as [hos] it is fit [aneko] in [en] the Lord. [kurios]KJV-Interlinear
18 Wives, be subject to your
husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. NASB
Social structure is one
of the key ingredients to a stable society.Without it, chaos exists and tyranny reigns, and suffering is the only
thing that anyone will have to look forward to.
Bible doctrine is
truth. Anything else is not truth, or a lie.
The scriptures present
social order through several mechanisms of social conduct, morals, norms and
standards, and practices that promote a stable environment in which everyone
can live a reasonable life.
Apart from doctrine,
there is no such thing as social order, no such thing as legitimate norms and
standards, no such thing as socially acceptable practices, because in the carnal
world everything becomes relative.Whoever
is in power, sets up the rules, and rules from the
carnal world are always evil.
Without Bible doctrine,
amorality exists.There are no absolute
ethical or moral standards by which society is governed.Without Bible doctrine, people become anonymous,
without identities.Without Bible
doctrine, people become alienated, distant, even
Without Bible doctrine,
inordinate competitiveness rises, pitting one person against another.And when this occurs, especially within
families, then the family structure breaks down and everyone loses, especially
the children. Office politics, insubordination,
back stabbing and so forth, can destroy an organization.
And although no one
individual is better or worse than any other, after all we are all specks of
dust, then can one speck of dust be better than another?
perpetuation of human history depends on some sort of order and structure, and
God here, commands that order.
The directions in these
verses to wives, husbands, children, parents, servants, and masters, are given
here not to make one party better than another, but to instill cooperation
among people, so that life is better for all.
But these commands are
to be applied and consistent with Gods will, not
taken advantage of by opportunists attempting to use them in order to control
A family can have only
one master.Two cooks, two chiefs, make
for arguments and disaster.
Paul begins with wives,
to be subject, to their husbands.This
is not a slave relationship, nor a dictator relationship, but one of
cooperation and deference and respect, in contrast with competitiveness and
Any good organization
leader seeks advice from his subordinates and any good organization leader
delegates roles to subordinates.But in
any good organization, the people at the top have to get along and work toward
a common goal.Selfish interests had to
have been left at the door, when the organization was started.And when two people get married, their
individual interests must disappear, while their joint and new interests are
brought to the forefront of their marriage.
And when children enter
into the picture, well then, all adult interests disappear altogether.That is, if the adults are truly grown up,
and mature to any extent.
The husband and wife
form the basis for a stable society, and both must understand marriage, and each
other, and place their own interests behind them, and certainly not compete for
authority over the family.Far too often
immature or selfish people get married, and that leads to divorce.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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