Chapter Two, Lesson Four
AUTHORITY PRESCRIBED Page
The word allow comes from epitrepo and is always
used in the New Testament to speak of permitting someone to do what
they desire to do. Pauls choice of words may imply that some women
in Ephesus desired to be the public preacher, and thus have authority
over the congregation - as in todays church.
V.13 ** So we have seen that the Authority Prescribed
by God for the leading of His church in worship is made up of two components.
First that men are to lead with holy hands and second, that
women are to be content with the role of submissive learning. But why?
How did all of this come about in the mind of God? In the next two verses,
Paul will show us two divine explanations for this Biblical pattern of
spiritual leadership. What is the first reason given by Paul?
1) The order of creation: For it was Adam who was first created,
and then Eve. Paul is saying that the very order of creation exposes
Gods intent for the role of authority. Man was created first and
given a role of authority, while woman was created second and given
a role of helper or supporter. All see - Genesis 2:7, 15-20, 1Corinthians
V.14 ** As we move into verse 14, we learn Gods second reason
for this Biblical pattern of spiritual leadership, do you see it?
2) The effects of a woman usurping the headship role which has been
given to men by God.
Paul is not saying that the fall of mankind is the reason women are
to be submissive and quiet in church, but rather he demonstrates
for us what happened when Eve chose to step out from under the protection
and leadership of Adam which God had afforded her.
All see - Genesis 3:1-7
V. 1 - Did God tell Eve about not eating from the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil?
No - He had told Adam that back in Genesis 2:17. Adam in turn had
fulfilled the role of spiritual leadership and instructed his wife regarding
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