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1 Timothy 2:8-15
I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing. I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God. A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.

Never has it been such a challenge for me to write a devotional as it is today. The reason is the message in today’s chapter which is certainly very controversial and I pray you receive it as a word from God. I have no physical father here on earth anymore but I am blessed with 2 mothers, a grandmother, a beautiful wife, a precious daughter and my loving sister and so women have a very special place in my life. When I read the word today of the role of a woman, I was shaken not because I did not read this passage before but because God laid it on my heart and wants us to understand the purpose of it. Paul was not a male chauvinist and therefore wrote these words but as in everything penned in the Bible, he was inspired by the Holy Spirit. What is God saying to us today and is it relevant to our day and age?

The Lord created woman after he created man to be a support and companion to man (Gen. 2:22). It was Eve who was deceived by the serpent and not Adam but she did not deceive Adam, rather she persuaded him (Gen. 3:17). God punished women with severe birth pains, a desire for their husbands and that they would be under the husband in their relationships (Gen. 3:16). Therefore women are not expected to teach or command authority over men in churches. However, women have a key role in the spiritual upbringing of their children and are encouraged to teach and take charge of their children and direct them to God. Men are expected to lead the home and the church, are expected to be in prayer at all times and in all places and are called to love their wives and children the way God loves us. In God’s eyes all mankind is His special creation and He did not send His son Jesus to die only for men but for all mankind. I know this is a difficult passage to digest but I pray that you would approach it with prayer and submission.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.

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Acts 18:1b, 4-6, 9-11
Paul left Athens and went to Corinth… Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. But when the Jews opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am clear of my responsibility. From now on I will go to the Gentiles”… One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” So Paul stayed for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.

For a long while, I imagined Paul to be a strong and courageous man for his ability to speak out against what was not right and stand up for the gospel. In today’s passage, we see another side of Paul; we see fear and frustration in a man devoted to the cause. So much so that God had to reassure him in a vision. Paul in his ministry traveled significantly with one goal in mind – to serve Jesus to the world and now he seems lost. What happened to Paul? Had he lost his drive and passion? Was it the strength of the opposition or the lack of support in his ministry? What is the Lord speaking to us this morning?

Like many, we tend to put our faith in things we can see and touch and so in Paul, we drew confidence from his powerful ministry and life because he is a person we can relate to. However, we are reminded again that Paul is not the role model we need to follow but Christ. Paul, like you and me, is a servant of God and lived to glorify God, not himself. We need to be focussed on Jesus and draw strength and direction from Him. As human as Paul was, he could only see opposition and hardened hearts but God sees the big picture and directed him to continue to serve. We need to ask God to show us the way to serve him and we need to give it our all. The reason should not be self glory but God’s glory and our eyes need to fixed on Jesus throughout.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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