From Daniel's Desk on 12/26/19
My Title: PRAY for Me.
My Verse: 11-12
"To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ."
There are things that I wish weren't so difficult to understand in scripture but more often than not, those times only arise when my heart stands in opposition to the Lord's.
As a man that desires to follow Christ I have to submit to Him. His will, His way, His control, His provision. It's all to make me look less like myself and more like Christ. That being said, I am going to be more intentional about praying for my brothers and sisters in Christ, that they would have the courage and heart to follow His Word because our culture, society and heart will always desire to rail against His good plans for us.
Paul is urging his brothers, to make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for ALL people.
For kings and all in high places that we may lead peaceful and quiet lives, Godly and dignified in every way.
This is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.
There is ONE God and ONE mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. WHO GAVE HIMSELF as a RANSOM for ALL. (Not many, not some... ALL)
Paul KNEW that he was APPOINTED. He was SURE about his calling. His job was to be a teacher to the Gentiles (everyone not a Jew) in FAITH and TRUTH.
I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling. - Lord - teach me your heart here, I want to hear your voice in my heart and in my ears. I have a burden for this but I can't seem to get others to catch the passion.
Daniel - train your girls hearts to me modest. It's not just about the clothes that they wear. It's about the fruit that they are producing in their lives. The outward appearance will reflect what's on the inside.
The HARD pill to swallow. - Many will burn the entire contents of the Bible because they can't get over what this chapter says.
11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. 15 Yet she will be saved through child-bearing - if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self control."
"Yikes!" Screams my generation as they toss the entire Bible into the fire. Hold on!
First, Paul addresses the men. - Lift up HOLY hands, without anger or quarreling. The man's Achilles heel... We don't know how to deal with our emotions so we bang pots and pans. < This is horribly offensive. True, but horribly offensive.
Some men struggle with this more than others, but ALL men do deal with it.
For many reasons, my generation has conditioned men to believe that they are supposed to be strong enough to take the stereotypes and allow themselves to silently be crushed... well, not even be strong enough, just take it because we deserve it. - It's time that good men stand up and voice faith and truth, lovingly, but very loudly.
Second, Paul addresses the women. (Oh boy) -
Women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel... what is proper for women who profess godliness-with good works.
Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather she is to remain quiet.
She will be saved through child-bearing-if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.
This is my interpretation:
First, dress respectably. This isn't a hard one. God made the woman to possess great beauty. I believe that Satan used the beauty of women in part to tempt and persuade the third of the angels to follow him into rebellion. (That's completely Daniel "white space" theology there but they were laying with women in Genesis) Women have also used their beauty powerfully to control men all throughout history. - Sex sells, not because of the man, but because of the woman. - In God's context of marriage that beauty is to be enjoyed just as a man's dedication, patience, tenderness, understanding, love and heart-for-no-other is to be enjoyed. A woman's heart should be for her husband and a man's heart for his wife, even before they know each other. A man should keep his eyes only for one and a women should keep her beauty for the eyes of only one man. (archaic I know)
Second, women should learn quietly with all submissiveness. - Women are more susceptible to believe what FEELS right with their emotions than men. < This is horribly offensive. True, but horribly offensive.
Some women struggle with this more than others but all women do deal with it.
Paul is saying that, just like Satan convinced Eve first and then she in turn convinced Adam; if we do not recognize and admit where we are weak and help each other to guard against it, history will repeat itself all too easily. Men should not lord this over women, nor should they have to.
Third, women will be saved in childbirth. - This was addressing the greatest fear women had at the time. Not only was pregnancy very exciting and a blessing, it was also extremely painful and often ended in death. Paul, is telling them that as they abide in Christ, He would be faithful to walk them through that.