A blog is so not necessary. The book said it all! I would LOVE to hear a verse that was fresh and amazing to you this time. Maybe something new or maybe one you have had memorized for a while, I would just love to know one that touched your heart. (and if NONE, call me we gotta talk!)
Here is the one that I am going to talk about….the one most of you thought I might avoid. I am going to underline the emphasis of the scripture.
21Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
22Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
If you are having trouble with this read it backwards. Men, treat and love your wife just as Jesus did the church. (tall order!) and wives, let a man lead out of respect for the Lord. When you let a man be what God calls him to be and you line up with that, who are you submitting to?? THE LORD! We are called up for very very different roles. Woman, we are wired and called to run the house (Proverbs). When you allow the order of the house to fall into place you are doing it FOR the Lord. The Lord knows ORDER, without it there is chaos.
Listen there is a huge difference between equal rights and feminism. (Trust me anything that end in ism is a “way of life” ordained by man) God is very much for equal rights, role delegation and order, for work, war, home and family. Ok, here is the thing, if that does not work for you try reading Chapter 5:22-33 and this time reverse the word wife and husband. You will see that the man is held extremely accountable and has a harder role to fulfill. Ummmm I will stay right where I am on this one. Seriously though, if this is a topic you struggle with, it is the Lord you are dishonoring not your husband.
This is not a typical Paul letter, it will not have your typical greeting, nor does it deal with a particular problem inside or outside the church. It reads more like a sermon than a letter, focussing on the character of the church. Yesterday we read about Jesus as the Head of the Church (Colossians), well in Ephesians we will read about the Body of the Church (Believers).
Paul will state that there is a oneness between all believers, even Jews and Gentiles. By no means does Jesus intend there to be a separate church for Judaism or Christianity. We are fully intended to be one Church. The word Church in Greek is Ecclesia, meaning the assembly of the called out ones. In other words, the body of believers.
The city of Ephesus was a rich port to the Mediterranean Sea. This huge city contained an enormous theater (holding 25,000 at a time), a town square, a marketplace, public baths, libraries and a number of enormous temples (mostly to the fertility goddess, Diana).
Many of you know Ephesians for the “Spiritual Armor” sequence in the last chapter but I challenge you to carve out an hour of your day today, that’s right I said an hour (uhhhh turn off the TV or the computer??) and read it and really think about this book. You will hear cool verses like “learn what pleases the Lord” and you will read action words that we are to do as Christians like “put off…and put on”. Not things that we ask the Lord to change in us, but things we are to do ourselves FOR the Lord. Anyway, this might just be your new favorite book!
Here are some pictures of Ephesus. Enjoy.