1 TIMOTHY 1:18—2:15
18 I am giving you these instructions, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies made earlier about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, 19 having faith and a good conscience. By rejecting conscience, certain persons have suffered shipwreck in the faith; 20 among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have turned over to Satan, so that they may learn not to blaspheme.
1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, 6 who gave himself a ransom for all —this was attested at the right time. 7 For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
8 I desire, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument;9 also that the women should dress themselves modestly and decently in suitable clothing, not with their hair braided, or with gold, pearls, or expensive clothes, 10 but with good works, as is proper for women who profess reverence for God. 11 Let a woman learn in silence with full submission. 12 I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to keep silent. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. 15 Yet she will be saved through childbearing, provided they continue in faith and love and holiness, with modesty.
Boy oh boy. For this devotional I am not going to write to you what I think. That is, how I interpret this passage about women's role. 1 Timothy 2:11-15 was actually the passage I worked on in a course called New Testament Interpretation. It's a difficult passage to interpret.
For now, why don't you read the passage, struggle with the passage, do a little research, and see how you understand what the Apostle Paul is saying.
If you want, you can share your thoughts with others through "reply all" or to just me with "reply."
Later this week, I will share with you what I think.
To read the Bible honestly means to struggle honestly as well. There are passages in the Bible, if we respect what they say, require us not only to scratch our heads but to do a little digging. That is also part of growing in God's Word. Wrestling with the text shows our love for the text and love for the Lord who inspired the authors of the text.
So, for now, happy digging!
I'll come back to this in a few days.
Enjoy the sun!