My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Ephesians 5

Jesus likes it when you post their deepest darkess secrets on the interwebs

Try and be like God and Jesus. They smell good. Don't be dirty like the world. You've left the dark and entered the light. Live like light is what made you. Don't do dark things, but expose them, because they will be exposed in Jesus' light one day.

Make the most of your opportunities. Don't get drunk, but be filled with the Spirit.

Submit to each other. Wives to husband, just like the church does to Jesus. Husbands should love their wife like Jesus does his church. Make her so holy and treat her like your own body. Remember: the two become one. Jesus and the church are like husband and wife.

Key verse:
22. Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.

My thoughts:
Clearly the point of this whole passage... nay, chapter... nay, letter... nay, the whole Bible is that women should do everything that their husband asks and should do all work required to make the life of their husband better and easier.

It's just obvious.

Oh, but seriously folks, if you read this whole passage and recognise that submission may have a slightly different meaning in the Greek than what it means in your head (see the last verse), then you should have no problem with this. It is a solid Christian understanding of the relationship between a husband and a wife. Just realise that the relationship between Jesus and the church is the same. I've always known this, but have struggled to point to Bible passages in the past. And here it is!

I like the quote about Jesus shining on the risen sleeper. It's cool because it's an early (semi-) extra-Biblical Christian saying speaking of the Christ's role after the resurrection. It's also kinda creepy sounding. Someone should write a song with those words.

Admittedly, this could be just a general Messianic saying, not specifically related to Jesus of Nazareth.

So yea... exposing deeds... that sounds fun... Mum said the f-word once. That's my sin exposing for the day done!


Blogger Deane said...

Whatever the senses of kephale it had, the context in Eph 5.22-24 demands the meaning 'authority over' - because it is used in 5.22-24 to reinforce the case for subordination (Greg Dawes, The Body in Question: Metaphor and Meaning in the Interpretation of Ephesians 5.21-33 (Leiden: Brill, 1998): 134).

I see that Dr Dr Greg Dawes, currently a philosophy lecturer at the University of Otago, is cited with approval by Anthony C. Thistelton (The First Epistle to the Corinthians: A Commentary on the Greek Text (NIGTC; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000): 816).

10:53 pm

Blogger Pete W said...

He's a Dr Dr? That is impressive.

There are certainly reasons why the word 'submit' is used here. I'm not trying to imply that it means the exact same thing as respect.

12:28 pm

Blogger Deane said...

Greg Dawes added a Doctorate in Philosophy to his Doctorate in Theology this year.

2:23 pm

Blogger Pete W said...

Doesn't make him a Dr Dr though!

6:22 pm


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