September 10, 2015

Messy Marriage

Ephesians 5:21-24
These verses often irritate modern readers. The passage brings to mind passivity, powerlessness, and a mindless obedience to someone who may not have the integrity to deserve it. The Greek word used for submit in the verses is hupotasso, which is translated "submit" or "be subject to," meaning to arrange military troops under the command of a leader and to designate responsibilities so the mission of the unit can be accomplished. It is the same "submit" that the church is to embody under Christ in verse 5:24. God is laying out his organizational structure for the protection and effectiveness of his military units going to war (Ephesians 6:12).

In the family unit, the "boots on the ground" is supposed to be the husband. Jesus has charged him to care for a family that works as a unit in the spiritual war. The wife, so close to her husband that they act as one fierce organism working toward a single goal, submits her own power to her husband's authority. If she takes her support away from him—support designed to protect and supply the entire unit—he will probably not survive, and it will be very unlikely the family unit will reach the goals Jesus prepared for them (Ephesians 2:10). At the same time, the husband needs to allow his wife to use her strengths, including her unique perspective and abilities, while keeping in mind her limitations so she won't be drained to ineffectiveness in the process (1 Peter 3:7). [Article from]