Chapter Two, Lesson Four
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V.11 ** Now that Paul has both the men and women of the church
Adorned Properly, to what role does he call the women
who attend the corporate worship of Christ?
To the role of learner or disciple. While women
are not to be the public teachers within the church setting, neither
are they to be excluded from it. The verb used by Paul in verse 11 is
an imperative form of manthano which means to learn
or to be informed, from which the Greek word translated
disciple or learner derives.
** This is not a request, but a command from the apostle. Why would
Paul have to command that women be allowed to learn Gods word?
Because that was not the normal pattern of the day! Judaism in the
first century did not hold women in high esteem. Though they did not
prevent them from attending a synagogue, they did not encourage them
to learn. In fact, most rabbis refused to teach women.
Similarly in the Greek society of that day, women were kept away from
public events. Regarding this practice William Barclay writes, The
respectable Greek woman led a very confined life. She lived in her own
quarters into which no one but her husband came. She did not even appear
at meals. She never at any time appeared on the street alone; she never
went to any public assembly.
** Into this hostile Greek and Jewish culture Paul commands, Let
a woman quietly receive instruction. Did Paul think that women were inferior to men?
No - He makes that crystal clear in his letter to the Galatians. All
see - Galatians 3:26-29
** That passage addresses the equality of all believers, but does it
eradicate the uniqueness of the believer or of their role to which they
have been called?
No - Even though all Christians are equal in the sight of their Savior
and God, they still have a unique function within the body of Christ. Although equal, there will
always be a difference in the role of the Jew and Gentile, the slave
and his master, a child and their parent, a citizen and their governing
authority, and a man and a women.
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