Do Not Be Deceived

And Adam was not deceived,
but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.

1 Timothy 2:14

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You have come to save us from our sins. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we doubt Your Word or Promises. Help us to walk in the way that You have set before us. Enable us to keep focus on You, to hold on tight to You, and to follow in Your Footsteps. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

I do not like to be the one to blame. How about you? I mean, it is easier to except that man was made first and woman’s creation followed than to acknowledge that woman was the one who had been deceived and fallen into transgression.

God made Adam first, then Eve. Okay. One has to be first. We cannot all be first. One has to lead and make the final decision — the chef in the kitchen, the commander of the army, the head of the family.

In the verse above it says that Adam was not deceived, but Eve was and fell into transgression. There is more to it. No, not that we need to read more into it, not at all; but we need to know God’s Word.

I do not want to get into the discussion today of whether Adam has really taught Eve what God had commanded, or if he violated his leadership role. That was back then, we are living now. Let’s get back to what I wrote in my last post:

It was God’s choice and doing to make Adam first, so there is no reason for us women to get upset over this. God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours. He has a purpose and plan for all creation, and He knows what is best for each one of us.

My point for today is this: God always knows best and He is above all! And as soon as we do everything to get out of our God-given role (which is such a lovely one as we will see in tomorrow’s blog post) the trouble begins. We are leaving our husband’s protection and slipping into a role which we have not been made for. No matter if we want to admit it or not, we become easy prey. Do we really want that to happen?

Do not be deceived. Trust and obey God’s Word today.

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Adam first, then Eve

For Adam was formed first, then Eve.

1 Timothy 2:13

LORD Jesus, we praise You, our God and King. You know the beginning and the end and everything in between. Help us to understand what Your Word says, means, and wants us to do. Guide us in our daily praying, singing, and reading of the Scriptures. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Here the word FOR points to one of the reasons why a woman should learn in silence with all submission and why she should not teach nor have authority over a man. Let’s read today’s verse again:

For Adam was formed first, then Eve.

1 Timothy 2:13

What is one of the reasons that woman is required to do what it says in verses 11-12? (Fill in the blank)

For _____ _____ _____ _____, _____ _____.

It was God’s choice and doing to make Adam first, so there is no reason for us women to get upset over this. God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours. He has a purpose and plan for all creation, and He knows what is best for each one of us.

How could submission be good for us? We will talk more about that in tomorrow’s post. Let’s keep our focus on the creation order.

Women tend to get upset over verses like this. They might think that such a verse expresses that they are second-class people. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Would we consider the (royal) “crown” on the king’s head of lower quality than the fancy clothes he is wearing? The Bible says that the excellent wife is the crown of her husband (Proverbs 12:4).

Yes, woman was made after man and she depends on man. She was created to be his help-meet so that he would no longer have to be and accomplish things alone.

Listen to what Matthew Henry writes regarding the creation of the woman:

Eve’s being made after Adam, and out of him, puts an honour upon that sex, as the glory of the man, 1Co 11:7. If man is the head, she is the crown, a crown to her husband, the crown of the visible creation.

That the woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.

Polish the crown of your husband and sparkle today.

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Keep Silent

And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.

1 Timothy 2:12

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are Master and the greatest Teacher of all. Forgive us, O LORD we ask, whenever we are quick to teach and judge. Help us to receive and understand the instructions that are coming from the Bible. Enable us to be good hearers as well as doers of Your Word. Keep us on the right path, no matter how narrow it becomes. Let us stand firm and believe the Truth for the Truth makes us free indeed. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

What happens as we read today’s verse? Do we tense up? I mean, how do these words of Paul sound to you? In the next few blog posts we will see that the argument is not based on the culture of Paul’s day back then. Let’s stick to today’s verse for now.

Reading this verse in its context reveals what Paul is talking about here: the role and the behavior of the women during the worship service. So let us read the verse again:

And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.

1 Timothy 2:12

What are the three things a woman needs to remember when the church gathers on Sunday? (Fill in the blank)

A woman is not permitted to _____

She is not to have _____ over a man.

She needs to be in _____ .

There is no need to get upset over what God commands us to do here. This has absolutely nothing to do with our spiritual standing before Him for we are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28).

Instead, we should look at this as a matter of obedience and doing what God is asking us to do. We are not above the LORD Jesus who is our Master and Teacher (Matthew 10:24) who submitted to the Father’s will in so much more than we are asked to do.

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

Philippians 2:8

Keep silent. Motivate men to speak up in the church.

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