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womenstudy02I Timothy 2 Part 3

New King James Version 11. Let a woman learn in silence with all submission.

The Resultant Version 11. Let a woman be learning in quietness in all subjection.

Paul now moves from the topic of women praying to the related topic of women learning. Yet again the word for “woman” here, gune, can mean a “wife” rather than simply a woman. His command to her is to learn in silence or quietness. This relates to an attitude of decorum, a proper attitude for learning. She is to learn with all submission, arranging herself under her teacher in order to learn. Read the rest of this entry »

I Timothy 2 Part 2

New King James Version 6. who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,

The Resultant Version 6. Who gave Himself a ransom for all, a testimony in its own times.

This verse continues to speak of the Man Christ Jesus. He gave Himself a ransom for all. The word “ransom” here is the Greek word antilutron. Lutron is a ransom or payment, such as might be made for a slave to redeem him. The prefix anti does not mean “against,” as it does in English, but rather “instead of.” The point here is not just that Christ Jesus gave Himself as a ransom for all, but also that He gave Himself as a ransom instead of all. He paid the penalty we owed to God in our place. Praise God for the glorious ransom He gave! Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

Why does it say Sheshan had no sons in 1 Chronicles 2:34 but in verse 31 it says Ahlai is his son?  Is Ahlai a daughter?  Is this Ahlai the same as in 1 Chronicles 11:41?

I think you have discovered a passage that illustrates what I have insisted on but never actually had an example of before: that the Hebrew word “son,” since it has to do with representative, heir, and one who stands in the place of the father, in this case is used of a daughter rather than a male child. (Don’t know what I mean by this? Please see my article on “Sonship” here: https://precepts.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/sonship/ ) For verse 34 tells us clearly,

34. Now Sheshan had no sons, only daughters.

Yet verse 31 says,

31. The son of Appaim was Ishi, the son of Ishi was Sheshan, and Sheshan’s son was Ahlai.

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I received the following question:

So it’s told us in the Old Testament that women can’t be part of the Qahal.  This means that women can’t be part of the ekklesia.  This has always been quite unusual to me being that I don’t understand why but I just gave God His Words.  Then however on thinking more about the whole idea if our friend Otis was right in Philippians 4 where the two women are quarreling about the loss of THEIR GIFTS then that would mean that they had gifts from God and were among the out-positioned.  Therefore, these women were part of the ekklesia.  There may be other situations in which we could speculate that women were members of the out-positioned ekklesia (I know that’s a redundant, kind of like covenant-agreement). So there must be more in this whole ordeal than once thought.  

I Corinthians 14:34-35 speaks of women in the church.

34. Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. 35. And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.

I am always intrigued when people think it is their prerogative, particularly when they have no dispensational understanding, to ignore this passage. The reason I find this particularly inexcusable is because of the words Paul is inspired to speak in the next three verses. Read the rest of this entry »

female bibleWhether or not women should be allowed to be pastors or leaders among the believers is a difficult matter to tackle. It is made especially so by the so-called “feminism” of our day, which seems far more concerned with making women as much like men as possible than it does with truly promoting what it means to be female. But leaving that aside, we turn to the Scripture to see what it has to say about women being pastors. Most of what we can find on this subject is in the books written by Paul. This has caused some to accuse Paul of being “against women,” but this was not the case. First of all, the idea that there is neither “male nor female” in Christ was a radical concept that originated in the books written down by Paul. This was something that was foreign to the thought and religion of that day, where women were considered as less than equals, and often were barely even allowed out of the house, not to mention being considered as being equal with men in anything. The spread of Christianity was greatly responsible for improving conditions for women. It is only in recent times that some have dared accuse it of being harmful to women. The second problem with the idea that Paul was “against women” is that these books, although written down by Paul, are actually written by the Holy Spirit, and thus reflect the opinions of God, not of Paul. If God thinks women are inferior, then shouldn’t we agree with Him? But this is not what these verses are saying at all, so we fortunately don’t have to tax our faith in this manner. Nevertheless, let us look at what is actually said. Read the rest of this entry »