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Titus 2:5 Young wives (3)

02-06-2023 - Posted by Hans

… sane, chaste, domestic good, subject to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

The instructions given here for the young women are at odds with what is presented to us every day from the media. For women to dedicate themselves to loving their husbands and children and doing housework sounds hopelessly old-fashioned. But God’s word is not time-bound and fortunately transcends all trends and hypes.

This time-transcending character of Scripture applies not least to the seventh and final instruction given to the young women. They would submit to their own husbands. Certainly, a society that explains God away understands nothing of this, but in Scripture this hierarchy has been in effect “from the beginning”. The man is a type of the Creator while the woman is a representation of creation. Therefore it is masculine to lead, direct and feminine to be led.

The concluding sentence “that the word of God may not be blasphemed” motivates all seven preceding exhortations. The word of God is credible anyhow, but it will be ridiculed where the life practice of its professors conflicts with it. That’s why the English say: ‘practice what you preach’.