THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 1-29-17

LESSON TITLE: “THE WIFE IN THE HOME”

WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES, WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS.

GOOD MORNING! IT IS AGAIN MY PRIVILEGE TO WELCOME YOU TO THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM, A WORK OF THE LORD DEVOTED TO DOING AND TEACHING HIS WILL, ACCORDING TO HOW HE COMMANDS US IN THE BIBLE. WON’T YOU CHOOSE TO CONTINUE WITH US THIS MORNING AS WE PRAISE OUR GOD IN WORSHIP TO HIM! AT THIS TIME LET’S GO TO THE FATHER IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE - THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND TO BE SERVANTS IN YOUR KINGDOM. WE THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF JESUS, WHICH AGAIN FATHER GIVES US THE CHANCE TO BE KNOWN AS YOUR CHILDREN AND TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE BLESSED IN THIS LIFE AND BLESSED ETERNALLY. HELP US TO LIVE WITH THAT IN MIND EVERY DAY THAT WE LIVE ON THIS EARTH. WE, FATHER, ARE VERY THANKFUL FOR ALL THAT YOU DO FOR US. IN JESUS NAME, WE PRAY, AMEN.

NOW WE WANT TO JOIN IN OUR FIRST SONG TOGETHER OF THE MORNING. WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AS WE SING, “REDEEMED.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

I THINK WE ALL WOULD AGREE THAT WE LIVE IN A WICKED SOCIETY TODAY. NOW, THAT IS NOT TO SAY THAT EVERYTHING IS WRONG, BUT THAT MANY THINGS ARE NOT ACCORDING TO WHAT WE READ IN THE BIBLE. WHEN WILL HUMANITY EVER LEARN THAT THE ONLY TRUE AND RIGHT WAY IS GOD’S WAY? OR WHEN WILL WE ALL WAKE UP TO REALIZE THAT ETERNAL LIFE IS ONLY FOUND IN THE WAYS OF GOD?

WHEN I THINK ABOUT THE PROBLEMS IN THE WORLD TODAY OF EVIL AND WICKEDNESS, MY MIND OFTEN GOES BACK TO ANOTHER TIME IN HISTORY WHEN MAN BECAME TOO WICKED. A TIME WHEN EVERYONE DID ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN DESIRE AND THEY REALLY DIDN’T CARE ABOUT WHAT GOD HAD TO SAY. CAN YOU REMEMBER THE STORY OF NOAH?

NOW LET ME ASK YOU, BECAUSE OF THE WICKEDNESS OF THE TIME, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WORLD? YOU AND I KNOW THE ANSWER, ALL LIFE WAS DESTROYED BY GOD. IN FACT, THE TEXT TELLS US THAT IT GRIEVED GOD THAT HE HAD MADE MAN. HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE SPARED DURING THIS GREAT CLEANSING? AGAIN, WE KNOW THE ANSWER, ONLY 8 SOULS. NOAH, HIS WIFE, THEIR SONS AND THEIR WIVES, WERE THE ONLY ONES WHO WERE CONSIDERED RIGHTEOUS ENOUGH BY GOD TO BE SPARED DURING THIS GREAT DESTRUCTION.

AGAIN IN GENESIS 19, WE READ ABOUT SOME CITIES WHICH WERE AGAIN DESTROYED BY GOD, DUE TO GREAT WICKEDNESS. WE HAVE ALL HEARD THE STORY OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH. THINK FOR A MOMENT HOW MANY WERE SPARED IN THIS DESTRUCTION? AGAIN WE KNOW THE ANSWER, ONLY LOT AND HIS TWO DAUGHTERS WERE SPARED. THE REASON IS ALWAYS THE SAME, “THERE WERE NONE RIGHTEOUS ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH!”

I MENTION THESE EXAMPLES THIS MORNING TO EXHORT US UNTO LIVING AS GOD WANTS US TO. WHY, THINK ABOUT THE WORDS OF JESUS IN MATTHEW 7:14, “BECAUSE NARROW IS THE GATE AND DIFFICULT IS THE WAY WHICH LEADS TO LIFE, AND THERE ARE FEW WHO FIND IT.” CONSIDER OUR EXAMPLES THIS MORNING, JUST HOW FEW ARE GOING TO FIND IT? THE VERSE PRIOR TO THIS ONE IN THE SAME PASSAGE SAYS, “ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE; FOR WIDE IS THE GATE AND BROAD IS THE WAY THAT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION, AND THERE ARE MANY WHO GO IN BY IT.” AGAIN, CHRIST SAID MOST ARE HEADING FOR DESTRUCTION!

SO DOES IT MATTER HOW WE LIVE, WHAT WE DO, OR WHAT WE SAY? THE LORD SAID IT DOES. CHOOSE TODAY TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE LIVING AMONG THE RIGHTEOUS BEFORE GOD. DON’T BE FOUND LACKING, CAUGHT UP IN THE WICKEDNESS OF THIS WORLD, WHEN IT IS TOO LATE TO CORRECT WHAT’S WRONG. WHAT IS YOUR ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION OF OUR LORD? “…WHEN THE SON OF MAN COMES, WILL HE REALLY FIND FAITH ON THE EARTH,” LUKE 18:8.

THIS MORNING WE WILL CONTINUE OUR SERIES OF STUDY ENTITLED, “AND THEY SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH!” OUR LESSON OF THE DAY IS, “THE WIFE IN THE HOME.” AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, I WILL RETURN WITH THIS LESSON FROM GOD’S WORD. BUT FOR NOW, LET’S JOIN IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING, AS WE GLORIFY GOD OUR CREATOR. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN IS “SAVIOR LEAD ME.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTINUING WITH US THIS DAY AS WE NOW GO TO GOD'S WORD AND LOOK AT ANOTHER LESSON CONCERNING THE CHRISTIAN HOME. WE'VE BEEN LOOKING TOGETHER AT A SERIES CONCERNING REALLY THAT HOME THAT GOD HAS DESIGNED OR GOD'S PLAN FOR THE HOME SO THAT WE MIGHT UNDERSTAND WHAT IT REALLY MEANS WHEN GOD SAID THAT THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. SO FAR WE'VE LOOKED TOGETHER AT THE IDEA OF GOD'S DESIGN FOR THE HOME AND MARRIAGE. WE'VE ALSO LOOKED AT THE IDEA OF THE PROPER MAN OR HUSBAND WITHIN THE HOUSEHOLD - AND NOW WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO LOOK AT TODAY IS THE PROPER WIFE OR WOMAN WITHIN THE HOUSEHOLD. BECAUSE WE DO KNOW CERTAINLY THAT MEN AND WOMEN ARE DIFFERENT AND THEREFORE, AS EVEN DESIGNED BY GOD, THEIR ROLES ARE DIFFERENT. AND SO WE'LL SEE SOME OF THAT CONTRAST AS WE GO ALONG THROUGH THE SCRIPTURES AND CONSIDER THOSE THINGS THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US HERE.

AS WE AGAIN LOOK TO THE CONCEPTS OF WHAT WE LEARN IN SCRIPTURE WE WOULD HAVE TO AGAIN RETURN TO THE VERY BEGINNING BECAUSE GOD MADE MAN AND WOMAN. HE PLACED THEM IN THE GARDEN HAVING MADE WOMAN OUT OF MAN - THE RIB OF MAN - THAT SHE MIGHT BE A HELP MEET AND WE'VE ALSO THEN LOOKED AT THE CURSE THAT GOD GAVE TO MAN THE WOMAN AND THE SERPENT - UNDERSTANDING THAT THE MAN WAS TOLD THAT HE WOULD HAVE TO BRING FORTH PRODUCE FROM THE GROUND WITH SWEAT AND TEARS SO TO SPEAK OR BLOOD - A LOT OF EFFORT AND WORK TO MAKE SURE THAT THE WORLD WOULD PRODUCE FOR HIM. BUT THE WOMAN WAS TOLD THAT SHE WOULD HAVE PAIN IN CHILDBIRTH AND ALSO WAS TOLD THAT HER DESIRE WOULD BE FOR HER HUSBAND AND THAT SHE WOULD RULE ( BE RULED ) OVER BY HIM. AND SO THAT IS CLEARLY FOUND IN GENESIS CHAPTER 3. AND SO LAST WEEK WE BEGAN TO LOOK AT THE IDEA OF WHY THEN THE MAN IS REFERRED TO AS THE HUSBAND OR BEING THE HEAD OF THE WIFE - AND THEREFORE, THE WIFE BEING THE ONE WHO IS TO BE WHAT? SUBMISSIVE. AND SO LET'S SEE WHAT THE SCRIPTURES SAY ABOUT THAT BEGINNING THERE IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 5.

YOU RECALL LAST WEEK, AND HOPEFULLY YOU WERE ABLE TO WATCH THE PROGRAM LAST WEEK, WE SAW THAT REALLY THE MAN IS THE STANDARD - AS CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH - AS HE IS THE ONE WHO LOVES THE BODY, HE IS THE PROTECTOR, THE CAREGIVER, THE ONE WHO WOULD DIE OR DIED FOR IT - THE MAN IS IN THE SAME POSITION. THE STANDARD OF THE HOME IS SET BY THE MAN AND SO WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES, AS MEN, IF WE ARE FULFILLIMG THAT ROLE. IF WE ARE SETTING THAT PROPER GODLY STANDARD - IF NOT, WE WILL ANSWER BEFORE GOD FOR THAT. BUT WHEN THE MAN IS BEING WHAT HE SHOULD BE BEFORE GOD AND HE IS LOVING AS GOD HAS LOVED - CHRIST LOVING THE CHURCH - AND HE IS PREPARING HIMSELF TO CARE FOR AND PROVIDE FOR AND TO PROTECT EVEN TO DEATH THOSE WHOM HE LOVES; SUCH AS THE WIFE - WHAT THEN IS THE WIFE'S RESPONSIBILITY? WHAT IS THE WIFE'S ROLE IN RELATIONSHIP TO THESE THINGS? AND SO THE FIRST THING WE FIND THERE IN VERSE 22 OF EPHESIANS CHAPTER FIVE, “WIVES SUBMIT TO YOUR OWN HUSBANDS.” WELL, HERE WE SEE THE IDEA OF A SUBMISSION. AND SOMEONE AGAIN MIGHT SAY, “WELL, YOU KNOW, THAT AGAIN IS JUST OUT OF DATE. THOSE WERE OLDEN TIMES.” LET ME REMIND YOU THAT AS WE DISCUSSED LAST WEEK FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS IT WAS THE WILL OF GOD FROM THE BEGINNING, AS WE LOOKED AT THERE IN GENESIS CHAPTERS 1 AND 2. BUT THEN AS WE MOVE ALL THE WAY OVER NOW TO THE WRITING OF THIS BOOK IN ABOUT 60 TO 62 A.D. - SO NOW PERHAPS FOR UP TO 5 TO 6000 YEARS IT DID NOT CHANGE - BUT NOW BECAUSE WE ARE SO MODERN IT HAS CHANGED? OH BRETHERN - WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE REASON THE WOMAN IS UNDER THE MAN IS BECAUSE OF WHAT TOOK PLACE IN THE GARDEN. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THAT CASE BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT GOD GAVE AS CONSEQUENCES TO THE MAN AND THE WOMAN THERE IN GENESIS CHAPTER 3. ANOTHER VERSE THAT MIGHT HELP YOU TO UNDERSTAND THIS IS FOUND ACTUALLY OVER IN THE BOOK OF TIMOTHY - WHERE PAUL WAS ADDRESSING THE YOUNG EVANGELIST BY AND THROUGH THE HELP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. THERE IN CHAPTER 2 OF FIRST TIMOTHY WHEN HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE NEED FOR A WOMAN IN RELATIONSHIP TO BEING IN THE PRESENCE OF GODLY BROTHERS OR SPIRITUAL MEN THAT A WOMAN THERE - VERSE 11 - SHOULD BE SILENT WITH ALL SUBMISSION. WHAT IS THE POINT THAT PAUL IS MAKING? HE'S SAYING THAT BECAUSE THERE IS A ROLE FOR MAN TO PLAY, THERE IS A ROLE FOR WOMAN TO PLAY - AS GOD HAS MADE MAN THE RULER OVER THE HOUSEHOLD AND RULER OVER SPIRITUAL MATTERS THEN THE WOMAN HAS BEEN FOUND UNDER THE MAN TO BE WHAT? TO BE ONE WHO IS SUBMISSIVE IN THAT ROLE, NOT ONLY IN THE HOME, BUT ALSO IN THE SPIRITUAL SENSE OF WITHIN THE GATHERINGS OF THE CHURCH. AND THAT'S WHY HE SAYS HERE THAT A WOMAN SHOULD BE SILENT IN THE CHURCH - WITHIN THE ASSEMBLIES IN RELATIONSHIP TO WHAT? TAKING AUTHORITY OR USURPING AUTHORITY. NOW I WANT YOU TO NOTICE WITH ME THAT HE SAYS THAT IN VERSE 12, “I DO NOT PERMIT A WOMAN TO TEACH OR TO HAVE AUTHORITY OVER THE MAN BUT TO BE SILENT.” WHY PAUL? WHAT IS THE STANDARD? IS THAT WHAT YOU FEEL? IS THAT WHAT YOU THINK? BECAUSE, AS SOME WOMEN WILL CALL PAUL TODAY AND SOME RELIGIOUS LEADERS, “OH, HE WAS JUST A CHAUVANIST.” WELL, LET'S SEE THE STANDARD THAT PAUL USES IN VERSE 13 OF FIRST TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2, “FOR ADAM WAS FORMED FIRST AND THEN EVE.” WAIT A SECOND. OH YEAH, BACK IN THE BEGINNING GOD MADE MAN FIRST. HE SAW THAT HE WAS ALONE, HE SAW THAT HE NEEDED A HELPMEET - AND THEREFORE, HE DID WHAT? HE GAVE EVE TO BE A COMPANION - A HELPMEET FOR HIM. AND THEN WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED IN THE GARDEN AND WE THEN KNOW THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE CURSE THAT GOD GAVE TO THEM. SO THAT IS ESTABLISHED. THAT HASN'T CHANGED HAS IT? WASN'T ADAM MADE FIRST? AND WASN'T THE WOMAN MADE FROM HIS RIB AS A HELPMEET? THAT'S NOT CHANGED EVER! IT'S ALWAYS BEEN THAT WAY. THE NEXT THING IS FOUND THERE IN VERSE 14, “AND ADAM WAS NOT DECEIVED BUT THE WOMAN, BEING DECEIVED, FELL INTO TRANSGRESSION.” OKAY, SO LET'S SEE HERE - SO THE WOMAN WAS DECEIVED BY WHO? THE SERPENT. SHE CHOSE TO GIVE IN TO THE LIES OF THE SERPENT AND SHE FIRST ATE OF THE FRUIT. SHE WAS DECEIVED BY THE SERPENT - AND THEREFORE, SHE FIRST FELL INTO TRANSGRESSION. NOW ADAM ALSO ATE OF THE FRUIT BUT HE ATE OF THE FRUIT BECAUSE IT WAS BROUGHT TO HIM BY THE WOMAN. WAS EVE TRYING TO DECEIVE ADAM WHEN SHE ASKED HIM TO EAT THE FRUIT OR TOLD HIM THAT IT WAS GOOD? NO, SHE WASN'T TRYING TO DECEIVE HIM. SHE WOULD HAVE LOVED HIM. BUT NONETHELESS SHE LED HIM INTO THAT SIN AND HE AGREED TO IT AND THEY BOTH BORE THE CONSEQUENCES. BUT EVE WAS FIRST DECEIVED BY THE SERPENT. NOW, THAT HASN'T CHANGED HAS IT? MAN WAS MADE FIRST - THAT HASN'T CHANGED. WOMAN WAS DECEIVED BY THE SERPENT - THAT HASN'T CHANGED. VERSE 15 THEN ALSO SAYS, NEVERTHELESS - SHE'LL BE SAVED IN CHILDBIRTH DESPITE WHAT? DESPITE GENESIS CHAPTER 3 SAYS THAT SHE WILL BEAR PAIN IN THAT BIRTH. YOU SEE, NONE OF THOSE THINGS HAVE CHANGED. SO WHY IS IT JUST THAT THE ONE ELEMENT, BECAUSE PAUL WAS A CHAUVANIST OBVIOUSLY - RIGHT? THAT THE ONE ELEMENT OF A WOMAN BEING UNDER THE MAN, BECAUSE THE MAN IS HEAD OF THE WIFE WHERE HE WAS CREATED FOR.....WHAT IN THAT HAS CHANGED? NOTHING HAS CHANGED EXCEPT YOU! AND THOSE FALSE TEACHERS WHO HAVE TOLD YOU THAT LIE! BECAUSE GOD HAS ALWAYS SET THINGS IN ORDER. HAS GOD THE FATHER EVER CEASED BEING GOD THE FATHER. HAS GOD THE SON EVER CEASED BEING THE SON OF GOD THE FATHER? HAS THE HOLY SPIRIT EVER..? NO - CERTAINLY NOT. HAS THE ORDER OF AUTHORITY EVER CHANGED FROM WHAT GOD LAID DOWN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT? CERTAINLY NOT! AND THE ORDER OF THE HOME AND RELIGIOUS AUTHORITY HAS NOT CHANGED EITHER.

NOW, THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT WOMEN ARE SOMEHOW INFERIOR BECAUSE MEN ARE SUPPOSED TO LOVE AND CARE FOR THEM AS MUCH AS CHRIST HAS LOVED AND CARED FOR THE CHURCH. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY THEY ARE REQUIRED, ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE, TO DO WHAT? TO SUBMIT TO THEIR OWN HUSBANDS. TO BE THOSE WHO HEAR. NOW, THE HUSBAND WHO IS LIVING RIGHT - A WIFE'S NOT GOING TO HAVE A PROBLEM HEARING THE HUSBAND AND OBEYING OR SUBMITTING TO THE HUSBAND. BUT THAT IS HER WORK. LOOK BACK NOW TO VERSE 22 AND 23, “WIVES SUBMIT TO YOUR HUSBANDS AS TO THE LORD.” LET ME ASK YOU THIS QUESTION. ARE WOMEN OR WIVES STILL SUPPOSED TO SUBMIT TO THE LORD? YES. SO THAT PART OF THE COMMAND ISN'T CULTURAL AND HASN'T CHANGED - BUT THE OTHER HAS? DO YOU SEE HOW SILLY THAT IS? YOU WIVES - THAT'S WHAT PAUL SAYS IN 62 A.D. - YOU WIVES SUBMIT TO YOUR HUSBANDS AS YOU SUBMIT TO THE LORD. THOSE THINGS HAVEN'T CHANGED. MEN ARE ALSO TO SUBMIT TO THE LORD EQUALLY. WE ARE TO BE THOSE WHO ARE SUBMISSIVE TO THE LORD. THOSE WHO ARE OBEDIENT TO THE LORD. THE WIVES HAVE AN EXTRA ROLE IN SUBMISSIVENESS BECAUSE THE MAN WAS MADE HEAD OF THE HOME. FOR HE WAS CREATED FIRST AND THE WOMAN WAS FIRST DECEIVED.

WE ALSO LEARN OTHER THINGS ABOUT THE WIVES. THE WIVES ALSO WERE TOLD TO BE THOSE WHO WOULD BE SUBJECT TO THEIR OWN HUSBANDS. GUESS AS UNTO WHO? CHRIST, VERSE 24. THEREFORE, JUST AS THE CHURCH IS SUBJECT TO CHRIST AND CERTAINLY MEN AND WOMEN WHO MAKE UP THE CHURCH MUST BE SUBJECT TO CHRIST - HE SAYS, “LET THE WIVES BE TO THEIR OWN HUSBANDS SUBMISSION AND SUBJECTION.” WE MUST BE THOSE WHO KNOW THE WILL OF THOSE IN AUTHORITY AND OBEY IT ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD. BUT I WANT YOU TO NOTICE WHAT ELSE HE ADDS THERE IN VERSE 25, “IN EVERYTHING WHEN THE HUSBAND ASKS THE WIFE TO DO SOMETHING IT IS ACCORDING AGAIN TO THE AUTHORITY OF THE MAN AND THEREFORE IT SHOULD BE DONE.” BUT WHAT WE KNOW THAT IT HAS TO BE IN WHAT? CONJUNCTION WITH THE WILL OF GOD. GOD HAS NEVER AUTHORIZED PEOPLE TO DO THINGS CONTRARY TO THE WILL OF GOD. I'LL GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE - LET'S SAY THAT A WOMAN IS MARRIED TO A MAN WHO SAYS - YOU CAN'T WORSHIP GOD AND YOU CAN'T GO TO CHURCH. CERTAINLY GOD ISN'T GOING TO EXPECT HER TO OBEY THINGS THAT ARE CONTRARY TO HIS WILL. BUT HERE WE LEARN THAT WIVES WHO HAVE HUSBANDS, WHO LOVE THEM, WHO ACT AS CHRIST, WHO ARE THE HEAD OF THE HOUSEHOLD, WHO ARE THE SAVIOR OF THE BODY, WHO ARE THE PROVIDER AND THE PROTECTOR - WIVES SHOULD SUBMIT AND BE SUBJECT TO THEIR AUTHORITY BECAUSE GOD HAS GIVEN THEM, NOT ONLY THAT RIGHT AND AUTHORITY, BUT LISTEN AGAIN - HAS GIVEN THAT RESPONSIBILITY. THAT BURDEN TO BEAR. THAT BURDEN THAT THEY COULD LOSE THEIR SOULS IF THEY ARE NOT THE MEN AND HUSBANDS THAT THEY SHOULD BE. THEN FINALLY IN VERSE 33 OF THAT SAME TEXT - NOTICE THAT IT GOES ON TO SAY, “NEVERTHELESS, LET EACH ONE OF YOU IN PARTICULAR SO LOVE HIS OWN WIFE AS HIMSELF AND LET THE WIFE SEE THAT SHE RESPECT OR HONOR HER HUSBAND.” AGAIN THE REALITY IS CLEAR. IT'S NOT HARD TO RESPECT AND HONOR SOMEONE WHO ALSO RESPECTS AND SHOWS HONOR TO YOU IS IT? WHO SHOWS LOVE TO YOU. DIDN'T CHRIST SHOW LOVE? DIDN'T CHRIST SHOW US RESPECT? DIDN'T CHRIST SHOW US A BIT OF HONOR IN WHAT HE DID? CERTAINLY! THAT'S THE STANDARD. HUSBANDS ARE THE STANDARD. BUT WHEN HUSBANDS ARE GETTING IT RIGHT, WIVES MUST FULFILL THEIR ROLE BEFORE GOD IN THE HOME AND AS WELL WITHIN THE CHURCH BECAUSE THAT IS GOD'S PLAN FROM THE VERY BEGINNING.

THE LAST THING I'D ASK YOU TO LOOK AT WITH ME IS FOUND OVER IN PROVERBS CHAPTER 31. BECAUSE IT GIVES A GREAT CAPSULE OF WHAT IS REFERRED TO AS THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN. THE MORALLY EXCELLENT WOMAN. THE WOMAN THAT SOLOMON, THE WISEST MAN THAT EVER LIVED, SAID - ALL MEN SHOULD BE SEEKING AND DESIRING AS WIVES. BECAUSE THOSE VIRTUOUS WOMEN HAVE SO MANY QUALITIES THAT CERTAINLY WOULD BE DESIRED FOR A WIFE - BUT ALSO AS A MOTHER AND ONE IN THE HOUSEHOLD. BUT IT ALSO SHOWS US THE MANY FACETS OF A WIFE AND A MOTHER. IT'S NOT JUST BEING THE WIFE OF A MAN. BUT NOTICE WHAT THIS MORALLY, EXCELLENT, GODLY WOMAN WAS LIKE. VERSE 11 SAYS SHE WAS ONE WHO COULD BE TRUSTED. VERSES 12 AND 13 SAYS SHE WAS ONE WHO WAS WILLING TO WORK WITH HER HANDS. VERSE 14 AND 15 SAYS SHE PROVIDED FOR THE NEEDS OF OUR FAMILY WITH CLOTHING AND FOOD AND EVEN WOULD RISE UP EARLY TO PROVIDE THAT. BUT ALSO SHE PROVIDED FOR THE NEEDS OF THOSE WHO WERE WITHOUT OR THOSE WHO WERE IN DESPAIR. VERSES 17 AND 18 INDICATE THAT SHE WAS A WOMAN WHO WAS TIRELESS IN HER WORK. WHO WOULD EVEN GO OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSEHOLD - VERSES 16 AND VERSE 24 AND EVEN HELP PROVIDE THE NEEDS OF HER FAMILY BY BRINGING FORTH AN INCOME FROM HER LABORS. SO SHE WAS EVEN WILLING TO WORK IF NEED BE SO THAT HER FAMILY HAD WHAT IT NEEDED. SHE CLOTHED HER FAMILY IN VERSE 21 AND 22. SHE WAS ONE WHO WAS ABLE BY ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE AREA TO BE KNOWN AS HAVING CARED FOR HER FAMILY - VERSE 23. SHE WAS VERY BUSY IN MAKING SURE THAT HER FAMILY WAS HAVING THE ASSETS THAT IT NEEDED - VERSE 25 AND 27. SHE WAS ONE WHO WAS HONORED BY HER FAMILY BECAUSE THEY LOVED HER FOR ALL THAT SHE DID. BUT PERHAPS VERSE 12 SAYS IT BEST OF ALL. AND THERE, RATHER IN THE FINAL VERSES, WE LEARN THAT SHE WAS A WOMAN WHO WHAT? FEARED GOD - RATHER VERSE 30. CHARM IS DECEITFUL AND BEAUTY IS PASSING. BUT THE WOMAN WHO FEARS THE LORD - SHE SHALL BE PRAISED. WHY WAS THIS WOMAN SO VIRTUOUS, SO GODLY? BECAUSE GOD WAS THE CENTER OF HER UNIVERSE. BECAUSE OF GOD SHE WAS SUBMISSIVE. SHE WAS OBEDIENT. SHE FULFILLED THE ROLE OF THE WIFE BECAUSE SHE HAD A HUSBAND WHO ALSO WAS HONORING GOD AND DOING THE WILL OF GOD. SHE AND THE HUSBAND MADE A HOME BEFORE GOD ACCORDING TO HIS WILL.

SO BRETHREN, FRIENDS, MEN, WOMEN, HUSBANDS, AND WIVES, WHY DON'T WE JUST ACCEPT THE ROLE THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US KNOWING THAT WHEN WE DO WHAT GOD WANTS AND WE DO THE THINGS IN THE WAY GOD WANTS WE ARE GOING TO BE BLESSED FOR THAT, NOT ONLY NOW, BUT WE'RE GOING TO RECEIVE AS WELL THE GREAT REWARD OF HEAVEN IN THE END. CLOSING COMMENTS

LET ME THANK YOU AGAIN FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING AND FOR SHARING IN THIS TIME OF OFFERING TO GOD. IT IS OUR HOPE AND PRAYER THAT YOU WILL JOIN US EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO DOING THE THINGS OF GOD ACCORDING TO HIS WORD!

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LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU LADY’S TO LOOK TO GOD’S WILL FOR GUIDANCE THAT YOU MAY BE THE PROPER AND GODLY WIVES THAT GOD REQUIRES. KNOWING THAT THOSE WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED GOD IN THE BIBLE, WERE ALWAYS BLESSED WITH GREAT REWARD.