Proverbs 26 2-26-19

What is a fool? It’s a person who deliberately chooses to go his own way. He/she knows better, but doesn’t care about the consequences.

1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool.

This topic came up in my reading this morning in 1 Corinthians 14, where Paul gives instructions about orderly worship. They were being wise in their own eyes (Proverbs 26:12).” One particular pair of verses interested me:

34 women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. 35 If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. 1Co 14:34-35

What was going on?!

1. Speaking in tongues was way out of control. People were doing it over each other and without interpreters (more on that another time).

2. They were also interrupting each other to prophesy (give a word from the LORD-a type of speaking the truth in love).

3. Evidently, the women were being disrespectful publicly to their male leadership. Roles are roles. God has placed man in authority in the home and in the church. Are women subservient? No, they have been raised to sonship status (Gal. 3:28). But, there must be order, and God has made the order as it is.

Some things to consider as we read this passage:

1. It’s all about order in worship. We see in 11:5 that women ARE allowed to speak in worship, just not whenever they want or disrespectfully. Men, too. It just seems to have been a bigger problem for the women. Keep in mind Ephesians 5:21,

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

2. The law referred to in verse 34 is in connotation with “the Lord’s command” in verse 37, and NOT the law of Moses.

3. Contemporary custom is the context. What showed respect in that culture? Uncovered heads for women was a cultural no-no. I have heard that prostitutes would shave their heads as a sign of their availability. In today’s culture, our custom might be “tailored” to modest dress in worship.

Reading in context is ALWAYS the way to read the Bible. May we ALWAYS do so.

For more on this subject, see

https://www.gotquestions.org/women-silent-church.html

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