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Titus - Chapter Two

THINKING BIBLICALLY - Part 3           Page 3

V. 3 ** What is the second group in Paul's list of concerns?

Older women. These too are important examples to the younger Christians on the island of Crete.

** What does Paul say about their behavior?

It is to be reverent - "hieroprepes" from two Greek words: "hieros"; meaning sacred, a sacred thing, a temple, and "prepo"; meaning to be clearly seen or to resemble. Therefore they were to be conducting themselves as if they were servants in God's temple because that is exactly what they are. cf. 1Corinthians 6:19-20 "...glorify God in your body."

** What are these reverent women to avoid becoming?

"...not malicious gossips..." The word used here is "diabolos", which means slanderous or accusing falsely. This word is used 37 times in Scripture and is translated 3 times as "malicious gossips" (1Timothy 3:11, 2Timothy 3:3 and Titus 2:3).

The remaining 34 times it is translated the "devil"!

** What behavior is closely associated with gossip?

"...not enslaved to much wine..." cf. 1Timothy 3:8-9 "Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, temperate, faithful in all things."(V.11)

** While avoiding improper conduct, what are these older women to be doing with their "Godly Behavior"?

"Teaching what is good"

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** That introduces the third of our five groups for today. Who are the older women to be teaching?

Young women!

** As we look at the "good" things that the older women are to encourage the young women to do in order to create a godly behavior pattern, be mindful that this is a priority list as well. What comes first?

1) Love their husbands (philandros) friendly
2) Love their children (philoteknos) friendly
3) To be sensible, cf. V.2 and Ch.1, V. 8
4) To be pure (sexually pure, chaste)
5) Workers at home
6) Being subject to their own husbands (Ephesians 5:24)

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