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Choosing to act: Stories of rescue – Corrie ten Boom and her hiding place


Today, April 19, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. EST, they will be commemorating the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust and above all the survivors of this terror that the Nazi’s brought about during World War II.  Even as this writer is writing this article, the commemorative music has begun to play in the National Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. in a live broadcast.  But there was many heroes and heroines that stood out from among the rest and acted as the Jew’s protectors.  They chose to stand out from the crowd and risked their lives to save other people.  There were a total of 23,000 people who chose to act and rescued other people.

Timothy F. Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury, at the ceremony today, honored Henry Morgenthau, a former Secretary of the Treasury who helped form the War Refugee Board during World War II.  Although he had stated, “It was too little, and too late,” in describing the belated efforts to help the beleaguered Jews who had been murdered during the Holocaust.  He helped initiate the ‘Morgenthau Plan’  which would “prevent Germany from ever again being a military power after the Allied victory in 1945.”  Morgenthau served as the Secretary of the Treasury from 1934-1945.

Jewish cantor Schwartz sang in Hebrew the “Song for the Dead,” and then also sang the “Patriot’s Song.”  A Jewish Rabbi then closed with a Benediction in Hebrew.  The Talmud was mentioned that it has within, a passage that states, “If you do nothing to alleviate the world’s transgressions, then you are also guilty of the world’s transgressions.”

But most stories of rescue are less familiar. These rescuers were ordinary people who acted in extraordinary ways: a government official who forged identity papers, a Benedictine monk who helped establish an extensive network of hiding places for children, a housewife and her daughter who hid a family in their attic. The risks associated with their actions were real, and the consequences could be severe. In many places, sheltering Jews was a crime punishable by death. Such was the case for Anton Schmid, a German army sergeant stationed in Vilna, Lithuania, whom the Nazis executed after discovering he was providing supplies, transportation, and forged papers to Jews in nearby Ponary. A Polish social worker, Irena Sendler, also faced execution for smuggling 2,500 children out of the Warsaw ghetto. She managed to escape from her Nazi captors and, after assuming a new identity, continued to help Jews, according to the Holocaust Museum.

One such person was Corrie ten Boom and her family. They chose to make a hiding place in their home behind a false wall to hide people whose only crimes were their religion and their ethnicity. A true hate crime.  Corrie ten Boom who lived with her other family members at Barteljorisstraat 19, Haarlem, Holland.  They were Christians who believed in helping other people in trouble.  Such was the case when the Nazi’s began to persecute the Jews that also lived in Holland at the time.  The ten Boom family made a dangerous decision to get involved by helping to hide Jews from being rounded up and transported to the concentration camps.  Corrie and her family constructed a ‘hiding place’ behind one of the walls in Corrie’s bedroom.

During 1943 and into 1944, there were usually 6-7 people illegally living in this home: 4 Jews and 2 or 3 members of the Dutch underground. Additional refugees would stay with the Ten Booms for a few hours or a few days until another “safe house” could be located for them. Corrie became a ringleader within the network of the Haarlem underground. Corrie and “the Beje group” would search for courageous Dutch families who would take in refugees, and much of Corrie’s time was spent caring for these people once they were in hiding. Through these activities, the Ten Boom family and their many friends saved the lives of an estimated 800 Jews, and protected many Dutch underground workers.

During this time many such resistance works of many faiths helped the Jews who at the time could not help themselves against the juggernaut of the Nazi pogrom instituted against them.  In the case of the ten Boom family, after the war, a motion picture was made called, “The Hiding Place” in which their struggles were depicted and their acts of heroism were seen by millions of people, not just in the USA, but around the world.

Four Ten Booms gave their lives for this family’s commitment, but Corrie came home from the death camp. She realized her life was a gift from God, and she needed to share what she and Betsie had learned in Ravensbruck: “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still” and “God will give us the love to be able to forgive our enemies.” At age 53, Corrie began a world-wide ministry which took her into more than 60 countries in the next 33 years! She testified to God’s love and encouraged all she met with the message that “Jesus is Victor.”

Corrie ten Boom lived her faith out loud, she went on to travel throughout the world and finally died upon her birthday, April 15th, 1983.  “In the Jewish tradition, it is only very blessed people who are allowed the special privilege of dying on their birthday!”

So today, they celebrated the heroism of those that did heroic acts of rescue and those also that perished.  Six candles were lit representing the six million Jews that perished during the Holocaust.  The Holocuast Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem, celebrate these days so that a continual remembrance may be made for the end result that another Holocaust will never be perpetrated against mankind again.

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A Biblical perspective concerning Jesus and women, Part 3


In the last article, which was Part 2, a fuller detailed treatment was given to the biblical women which were highlighted. Therefore, in this article, the biblical story concerning the Samaritan woman will be examined as we continue through this series.

This Gospel story opens up John 4:3-4 as the Lord Jesus is leaving Judea to go back into Galilee and He knows that “He must needs go through Samaria.” Because of the past enmity and hatred, the Jews and the Samaritans did not associate in any way. They did not inter-marry, and they barely spoke to each other, even though Samaria stood between Judea and Galilee. Because of this geographical positioning, any Jew that wished to travel to Galilee traveled to the Samarian border, headed east to the outside of their border and then resumed traveling north until they reached the outside northern border of Samaria. At which point, they then headed back west and then north into Galilee. This is why the statement that Jesus makes, saying that “he must needs go through Samaria” should stand out for the reader of this passage. Why? The loyal Jewish person would never travel into Samaria unless the utmost important of reasons actually required them to do so.

Therefore, when the Lord Jesus arrives in the town called Sychar, which is where Jacob had dug a well, He found a Samaritan woman at the well at noon, drawing water for her daily needs. He approached her, sat down on the well to rest and asked her to draw some water for him. As we read in:

John 4:9

Then said the woman of Samaria unto him, “how is it that you being a Jew ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria? For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

The woman was keenly aware of the cultural discrepancies between the two nations. So the Lord Jesus answered her and said:

John 4:10

If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that was saying to you, Give me to drink; you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.

It is interesting to note that here at this point; the woman throws out some polemical bait to see if the Lord Jesus would respond to her taunt regarding which national heritage was greater. Just as interesting, the Lord Jesus deftly ignores the bait stating:

John 4:13-14

Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again, but whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst; but the water I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

The Lord having thrown out His own bait towards the woman begins to reel her in, even as a master fisherman would do.

Imagine for a moment, if you will, someone telling you that they have a source of water that never runs dry is continually moving, so it’s ‘living’ and when you drink it, you will never be thirsty again. Moreover, if this concept is taken further, not only will you never be thirsty again, but also this water will be a well that springs up into everlasting life. Imagine! Anyone who reads this passage can almost see the puzzled look that must have been on that woman’s face after hearing the Lord Jesus as He drops that prophetic jewel into her lap, so to speak. It is worthy and so noted that the Lord Jesus is often referred to as the Master Fisherman, and He surely reels the woman in, bait still in her mouth.

(Robinson, J.   The Holy, the Common and The Despised, © 2009)

If you enjoy the sport of fishing, you know when the fish has soundly bitten into the bait and the hook is clearly embedded. You can now reel it in and put it in your creel or throw it back. The Lord Jesus, true prophet that He is, states to the Samaritan woman:

John 4:16

Jesus said unto her, “Go, call your husband and come back here….

The Lord’s relationship and interactions with the Samaritan woman at the well in Sychar will be continued in Part 4.

If the issues of gender equality, not just for women, but for both women and men functioning as equals in the church is a concern for my readers, then you should check out Christians for Biblical Equality. They have a local branch, the Chicago Greater Chapter and they may be reached at eveliasan@fuller.edu if you would like to inquire about membership.

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A Biblical perspective concerning Jesus and women, Part 2


In the last article, Part  1, we examined the record where the Lord Jesus was confronted with the case  of the adulterous woman who was brought before Him, and was being accused by the  Pharisees and Sadducees, that she had been caught in the very “act” of adultery.  Of course the ultimate goal of the Pharisees was not the actual accusation that  they were making against the woman (she was but an excuse). They wanted to see  if the Lord Jesus would uphold the Mosaic law by ordering that this woman should  be taken outside the city gate and stoned to death. However, instead of  reproving or condemning her, we noted He stooped down and began writing on the  ground. It has long been speculated as to what He wrote. Although the text does  not specify the words that He wrote in the sand, it is not an improbable view  that He wrote the names of those present and their sins next to their name. If  any of those present had held stones in their hands, they were soon quietly  dropped as they left one by one from before the Lord.

The other biblical woman that was examined was the sister of Lazarus,  Mary of Bethany. She was boldly sitting in the posture of a disciple at the feet  of the Lord Jesus. It was noted that this most likely was not the first time  that she enjoyed the privilege of sitting with the men in full equality. This  was ascertained through the absence of censorship by the men, and the lack of  expressed shock due to the departure by Mary from their societal expectations.  The censorship did not come from the men, rather it came from her own sister,  Martha, who was laboring in the kitchen when she came out to ask the Lord Jesus  to send her into the kitchen to help her. As we saw in the biblical text, the  Lord did not upbraid her, but rather he affirmed her place as His  disciple.

              Luke 10:40-42

But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said,  Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Bid her  therefore that she help me. Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha,  you are anxious and troubled about many things; but one thing is needful: and  Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

After the Lord speaks to Martha, telling her that there was only one thing  that was needful and that Mary had chosen the good part, which of course, was  ingesting the spiritual food that He was offering to those present. One can  quickly imagine the Lord Jesus even offering to Martha a place next to him on  the same bench. Whether or not Martha remained with the guests to also sup on  the spiritual food that the Lord Jesus was serving is unknown.

Another textual clue that this was probably not the first time for Mary to  sit as the Lord Jesus’ disciple during one of His discourses, we need to look at  the biblical record in John 4 regarding the Samaritan woman at the well. In John  4:8, Jesus’ disciples had gone into the Samaritan town to buy food for their  noon repast. The Lord Jesus began speaking to the woman who approached near to  Him to draw her daily supply of water from the town well. This conversation was  amazingly different. Why? Jewish men barely spoke with Jewish women that were  related to them, let alone speaking to a foreigner. Not only was this foreigner  a woman, she was a Samaritan and a sinner. The Samaritans were openly hated by  the Jews because they were deemed as half breeds, part Jew and part bloodline of  the then conquering nation that had deported the Jews into exile during the Diaspora.  So before the Lord even spoke with her, she had three strikes against her, at  least according to the culture in which she lived.

In John 4: 27 we read:

And upon this came his disciples, and marveled that he talked with the  woman: yet no man said, “What are you seeking?” Or “Why are you talking with  her?”

It is this encounter between the Lord Jesus and the Samaritan woman and the  subsequent shock that His male disciples expressed when they saw their Master  openly speaking with a woman, that tells the bible student that this account  happened before the encounter with Mary of Bethany and her sister Martha. By the  time that Mary is boldly sitting with the men to hear her Lord’s discourse, His  male disciples were no longer shocked by their Master’s full acceptance of  female disciples.

The next biblical record that we will more fully examine in Part 3, is  that of the Lord Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well.

If the issues of gender equality, not just for women, but for both women and  men functioning as equals in the church is a concern for my readers, then you  should check out Christians for Biblical Equality.  They have a local  branch, the Chicago Greater Chapter and they may be reached at eveliasan@fuller.edu if you would like to inquire about membership.

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Women in the pulpit


If you ask the typical church-goer on any given Sunday what the topic of the  sermon was that day, or if any of those attending church gained new insights  into their faith, you would find interesting the research according to the Barna Group that stated:

One of the most significant gaps uncovered by the research was the fact that  most people cannot recall gaining any new spiritual insights the last time they  attended church. Asked to think about their last church visit, three out of five  church attenders (61%) said they could not remember a significant or important  new insight or understanding related to faith. Even among those who attended  church in the last week, half admitted they could not recall a significant  insight they had gained.

The statistics are alarming when it comes to the subject of how much people  are learning in church on any given day of attendance. So what about the issue  of women in ministerial positions or even just women serving in the church  without official titles? If 61% of church attendees are having difficulty  acquiring new biblical insights, it is not surprising then that women are still  struggling to gain recognition as pastors.  Women pastors in the Chicago  area still struggle as do women pastors throughout the United States, when it  comes to being recognized and accepted by pastors that are men.

From the early 1990s through 1999 just 5% of the Senior Pastors of Protestant  churches were female. Since that time the proportion has slowly but steadily  risen, doubling to 10% in 2009, according to Barna Group

After two thousand years give or take, it seems that the status of women in  ministry has only grown at a nominal rate. Albeit, ministry opportunities have  grown, but it has not grown nor improved much since the inception of the church  of the Lord Jesus Christ. If anything, the first century church probably saw  more women ministers on average for its size. Although, there have been women  ordained into ministry throughout these last two thousand years, it has been  only a small percentage that has achieved the status of ordination.

It should be no surprise then that women are still trying to break the  stained-glass ceiling, so to speak, in our churches.  There are still a  majority of men in the church functioning as pastors who espouse the idea that  women do not belong behind the pulpit.  However, they should read the  Scriptures to see how the Lord Jesus dealt with women.  But perhaps, they  would find that they woulf have to change their views if they  actually read the Bible on the subject  matter.

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A Biblical perspective concerning Jesus and women


Twentieth century Christian churches have begun the process  of opening up the ordination status for women far more than in any other  century except for the first, when the original twelve apostles still lived.  During the first century, after the Lord Jesus had established His church, there  were multiple opportunities for women to serve as they had never had  before.  One such example, in the twenty-first century, is a pastor in  Chicago who primarily serves women.  Darlyn C. Turner is the founder  of  WOW  Women International.  It is now celebrating its tenth anniversary.

But religious activities for Jewish women during the time that Jesus  ministered on earth, were completely void of opportunity. But the Lord Jesus  Christ made it clear by His example, that He was lifting up women to their  proper places, i.e. right next to the men with full  equality.   Let’s take a look at what the Lord Jesus did and how  he dealt with these two women who followed His ministry.

 The first and most prominent example is that of Mary, the sister of Lazarus,  and we find her account in Luke 10:38-42. When her sister Martha was busy in the  kitchen, where was her sister Mary? She was sitting at the Lord Jesus’ feet in  the posture of a disciple. When a Rabbi was teaching, his disciples sat at his  feet indicating that they were on a lower status than he was and that they were  prepared to learn. It should be noted that this was probably not Mary’s  first time of being so bold. While it is not there in the text, perhaps at  another teaching, Mary had inched ever closer, straining to hear the Lord Jesus’ teaching around some campfire. Perhaps He had beckoned to her and invited her to  join and to sit down with the men to hear. During this time, no properly raised  Jewish woman would have so boldly sat down with the men while the Scriptures  were being taught. Thus when Martha came out of the kitchen to complain to the  Lord Jesus that He should instruct her sister to come into the kitchen to help  her, the Lord Jesus does not rebuke or reject Mary from being one of His  disciples, but succinctly told Martha that Mary had chosen the better portion  and He would not take it from her.

Another fine example of how the Lord Jesus dealt with women is the account of  the woman caught in adultery in John 8:2-11. As the story is related, this woman was caught  in the very “act” of adultery. To be so caught was to be found  breaking the seventh commandment of the Decalogue or the Ten Commandments.   The punishment for this was to be taken outside the gates of the city and  stoned to death. Before we proceed any further, the question shoud be asked, ‘if  the woman was caught in the very act’, then, ‘Where was  the man?’ Was he not also caught in the same act? It would be rather  hard to be caught in the act of adultery if you are alone. So how does the  Lord Jesus respond to all of this? He utters one sentence:

John 8:7b

He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at  her.

He then stoops down on the ground and begins to write words in the sand. Then  one by one, beginning with the oldest present until the youngest was left, they  all left. During this historic period, men continually broke the seventh  commandment and all manner of excuses were made for them, however, if a woman  broke this commandment her fate was sealed. Again, we note that the Lord Jesus  does not reprove, condemn nor reject this woman, but He simply asked her:

John 8:10-11

Where are your accusers? Has no man condemned you? She said, No  man, my Lord.  And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I  condemn you, go and sin no more.

The Lord Jesus while ministering during His earthly life showed by example  that He was treating everyone the same.  He made it clear for all who could  perceive His teaching, that He viewed all people as having worth, even as they  were originally created by His Father in  Heaven.

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Jesus our Passover Lamb and his blood


Christians have been celebrating the life, death and resurrection of our Lord  Jesus Christ…well… for about 2,000 years.  So where did this all  start?  It started in the Garden of Eden when mankind sinned against a Holy  God and were banned from entering the garden ever again.  If the Creator  had allowed them to stay, it would have been possible for them to eat from the  correct tree of life which would have locked them into an eternally damned  state.  This is why Scripture depicts Cherubim guarding the way back  into the garden in Genesis 3:22-24 with a flaming sword.   Then moving to the next step of the God-ordained plan of salvation for  mankind is in Genesis 12, with God giving to Abraham the  command to leave his country and that God would show him the land that he would  possess.

We find the first recorded Passover feast in preparation for their departure  from Egypt in Exodus 12:5-28.  They were to kill the  Passover lamb without blemish, they were to eat it while standing  and to do it in a hurry. They were commanded to strike the  lintel and door posts with the blood of the lamb so that God  would ‘pass over’ and not kill their first-born.  So did  they perform this feast year after year until the time was fulfilled that the  final Passover Lamb was readied to be offered.

The prophecies in Isaiah 53 are a stunning foretelling of  the Messiah, also known as the suffering servant.  Even in  the New King James version, the intent of the passage shows the poetry, it  is almost like a song.

Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been  revealed? 2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a  root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see  Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. 3 He is despised  and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we  hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not  esteem Him.

4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our  sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for  our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by  His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have  turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity  of us all.

7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not  His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before  its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. 8 He was taken from  prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was  cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He  was stricken. 9 And they made His grave with the wicked— But with the rich  at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit  in His mouth.

10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall  see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of  the Lord shall prosper in His hand. 11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify  many, For He shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide Him a  portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the  strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered  with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession  for the transgressors.

The suffering servant would be rejected, bruised, afflicted, stricken,  offered, slaughtered like a dumb lamb, He carried our iniquities, He was  numbered as a transgressor and He was buried with the wicked, and thus He became  our eternal intercessor.

With the coming of the Messiah, the Lord sent His prophet ahead of Him,  namely John the Baptist who publicly acknowledged the Lord Jesus Christ as  such:

John 1:29b

Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the  world.

The proclamation by John the Baptist that Jesus was the Lamb of God ushered  in the ministry of the Lord Jesus and this He did for approximately three years  until it was time for Him to offer himself up as the final atonement.

So we find then that the record of the ministry of the Lord Jesus which  culminated in his trial, death and resurrection is to be found in the following  synopsis of the Gospel of:

Matthew 27:22, 35-37, 50

Pilate said unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is  called Christ?  They all said unto him, Let him be crucified. And they  crucified Him and parted His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled  which was spoken by the prophet:  “They parted My garments among them, and  upon My vesture did they cast lots.”  And sitting down, they watched Him  there, and set up over His head His accusation, written: THIS IS JESUS THE KING  OF THE JEWS.  Jesus, when He had cried out again with a loud voice, yielded  up the ghost.

It is interesting to note that as an integral part of the ritual of the first  Passover, the participants were to eat the lamb while they were  standing, and they were to eat it in a  hurry.  When the full account in Matthew 27 is read, we find  those that were participating in the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus, the final  Passover Lamb (though the participants knew it not at that time), were standing there reviling the Lord.  They also  saw to it that the Roman soldiers were to crucify Him quickly because the Passover feast was drawing nigh, which is why they  were breaking the legs of those that were crucified along with Jesus in order to  hurry up their deaths.  They did not of course physically consume the body  of the Lord Jesus, but they most certainly drank in and ate up the entire scene  of the sacrificial Lamb of God at that moment.  Another note: the first  participants also performed this ritual outside of the Promised Land, and the  final participants also crucified the Lord Jesus outside of the city gates of  Jerusalem, in the Promised Land.

The climax of the Passion week is found in:

Matthew 28:1-6:

Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of  the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the  tomb.  And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord  descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat  on it.  His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as  snow.  And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.  But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be  afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here;  for He Is Risen….

For the Christian, these are the three greatest words ever  recorded in the annals of history.  This was the final sacrifice for sins,  transgressions and iniquities forever more.  Jesus the Christ, the Messiah  of the world, who is our eternal hope and confidence.  This year, we  will celebrate His resurrection and subsequently ours as well in every church,  not just in the greater metro area of Chicago, but this celebration will take  place tomorrow in every church, every home, even in every field across this  nation and the entire world.  Every Christian will joyfully utter these  words, not just on tomorrow, but every time that the remembrance of the  Lord Jesus Christ, who shed His atoning blood at Calvary is remembered by  saying:

He Is Risen!  Hallelujah!


Aside

Partners in Marriage: A story of mutual submission


Tradition is good, unless it contravenes the Truth in the Holy Scriptures.  The Lord Jesus when questioned by the Pharisees regarding the allegation that His disciples were not keeping the tradition of the elders, replied,

Matthew 1:3

But He answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

The account of the creation of male and female in the beginning as God did make the first couple, they were given the command from the Creator in:

Genesis 1:28

And God Blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.

So we encounter for the first time the perfect order of relationship that God expected the first couple to oversee together in perfect unity and equality.  It was only when sin entered this new creation that the perfect order that God had established in the beautiful paradise of Eden did the process of corruption begin.  After the couple had been cast out of the garden, though the descent of mankind is not written in a format that highlights it ‘blow-by-blow,’ yet through one interaction after another the perfect God-ordained equal relationship that Adam and Eve had shared, it began to degrade into a vertical relationship where the male usurped the God-given authority of the woman.  This explains the verse in Genesis 3:16c – “…and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.”  Eve would forever after long for her former partner who now was her ruler and desire once again to be his equal.

Based on this model, each succeeding generation carried on what had now become an accepted practice.  But God….  When the time had come for the Lord God Almighty to send His Son, Jesus into the world, He bought with His suffering, resurrection and ascension, the ability to be fully free for all that choose to follow Him. In essence, paradise restored.

This is why the Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians that couples are to submit “one to another” in 5:21-22.  However, this has not been the way that this verse has been taught.  Again, as a reminder, the original Scriptures were written in Koine Greek and not in English.  But Christians who have not been trained to study the Holy Bible in the original languages have not been able to see the grammatical construction in these two verses.  This would be a good time to watch the video that is attached to this article.

Ephesians 5:21-22

submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.  Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

This verse is translated in the King James Version and both of the verses are left together.  However, the second ‘submit’ in v.22 is not there in the original Greek.  The first ‘submitting’ is there in the Greek.  The Greek word is this: ‘hupotassomenoi,’ a participle that shows a continuing and ongoing action.  Bible translations in English should have the second ‘submit’ in italics to show that it is a word that the translators have added to make the verse easier to read.  The second ‘submit’ if left as it is in the original, i.e. missing, it represents the figure of speech ellipsis, which is a literary device which omits a word (or words) and subsequently, the result is that it uniquely ties v.21 which contains the first usage of ‘submit’ to v.22 where it is omitted.  When authors use this literary device, they are assuming that their audience already understands that the portion that is missing is to be filled in by the portion that was written out, which is the first ‘submit in’ in v.21.

There are problems that arise with these two verses when some Bible translations actually separate v.21 from v.22 and the translational committee puts a man-made paragraph heading or some sort of explanatory comment between the two verses.  When this is done, the teachings that have subsequently arisen from this erroneous handling of the Holy Scriptures is that only wives have to submit to their husbands, when according to the original Greek, both partners in the marriage relationship are to submit one to another.  The grammatical problem that also arises if the verses are separated is this: since the verbal aspect of ‘submit’ is in v.21, and you allow the separation of the verses, then the ‘wives’ in v.22 technically do not have to do anything.  Why?  Because if the translator insists on separating the verses, v.22 does not contain a verbal aspect, therefore, there isn’t any action that must be carried out.  Also, if the translator still insists on separating these two verses, then because the separation of these verses is being forced, then let them stand on their own indeed which will render v.22 void of any commandment.  Thus, wives are indeed free and do not have to submit to their husbands ever again.  You can praise God or not, depending on what you think about submission.

However, since v.22 cannot grammatically stand on its own, it must be forever joined to v.21 and we arrive back at the beginning…..therefore….

Ephesians 5:21-22

submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

Indeed, so as we look to the original Word of God (at least the oldest extant manuscripts that we do still have), written in Koine Greek, we find that husbands have to submit to their wives, even as wives have to submit to their husbands as well.  Hence, we also arrive back at the Garden of Eden, restored by the Lord Jesus Christ who set up creation so that both the man and the woman could enjoy a bilateral equality within a perfect God-ordained relationship that would allow both husband and wife to become one flesh.  Amen.

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