We started a new Bible Study at church last week and I am so excited about it! We were prepared ahead of time to research the topic and bring scriptures that we found relevant to that topic. The ultimate goal is to encourage consistent Bible Study, enhance study skills using wide-margin study Bible marked with cross-references as we go through this process. Our first topic was Headship.
Pulling out scriptures on Headship is a challenge first of all because that particular word is not in the Bible so you can’t just look it up in a concordance and write down scriptures about it. But the topic is very needed, relevant and probably one of the most misunderstood and many times misused topic in the history of mankind. Of course it didn’t take long before the topic of SUBMISSION came up as well. Headship and Submission go hand in hand.
Some thoughts on Headship, Authority and Submission:
God appoints Authority- example of this is Moses. God called and appointed Moses to lead His people out of Egypt. Moses wasn’t a likely candidate to be a spokesman since he had a speech problem and other issues. But God qualifies the called! Moses got the job done by following God’s plan of instruction. While in the wilderness, Miriam, Moses’ sister got upset over a decision he made about who he chose for a wife. She and others spoke out against Moses. God got extremely upset with her actions against His Authority. He dealt dreadfully with her by smiting her with leprosy. Moses actually interceded on her behalf and God had mercy on her. POINT: even though Authority makes a decision that we might not agree with, it’s not our job to point that out. We can be right in our facts but wrong in how we handle it bringing much destruction to relationships.
In dealing with situations sometimes we wonder why we can’t get it resolved. We can be the one that sees the solution. We can be the one to voice our opinion. We can be the one to point out what needs to be changed in order to resolve the problem. But why is that not working for us? Could be that WE are not the authority in the situation? Look for the authority. Who is the one that has the authority to change it? If the answer is not “me” then no amount of criticizing or commanding will change it. The person who is the authority is the one that can make the difference. That person must have wisdom and courage to set out of order situations in order.
Jezebel is an example of false authority. She was a queen and married to King Ahab but she was not a Jew. She did not serve Jehovah God; she served pagan gods. She did not submit to her husband and his way of life. Instead, Ahab gave in to Jezebel. She used manipulation, domination, seduction and intimidation to control others including her husband. It took someone who had a higher level of authority than the spineless Ahab to deal with Jezebel. It took a Prophet. Jehu the Prophet looked up to see who was with Jezebel and saw 2 or 3 eunuchs. He called out “who is on my side?!”. (see 2 Kings 9:30-37) The fact that those servants of Jezebel did not stand by her and protect her, tells me that they knew her real character. Sick of their life of abusive authority in Jezebel’s kingdom, they made the decision to come under the Prophet’s authority and threw her down putting an end to Jezebel and all of her evil ways.
Example of Submission & Authority: 80 year old grandma gets caught speeding. The cop that pulled her over is 25 years old. Now, she has more years on him and probably knows a lot of things that he doesn’t know yet. But because of his POSITION, he has the authority over her. She will need to submit to him…even if she doesn’t agree with his decision to give her a ticket.
God’s plan for submission and authority is perfect. One thing is for sure, when we are lined up according to God’s plan, we are blessed. And when we are not…much destruction and chaos follows.