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“Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, 4 so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
It is the same used in the instructions for older men. We tend to think of sensible as reasonable, but do we curb our desires?
Pure here is the word hagnos:
- Exciting reverence, venerable, sacred
- pure from carnality, chaste, modest
- pure from every fault, immaculate
When I first read this, I had to look up the word venerable, but I am glad I did.
Venerable means accorded a great deal of respect, especially because of age, wisdom, or character. Our character needs to be such that we are accorded a great deal of respect.
Workers at Home
I often wonder if this is part of the reason why this Scripture has fallen out of favor in the church.
The word used for workers at home is oikourgos:
Caring for the house, working at home
- the (watch or) keeper of the house
- keeping at home and taking care of household affairs
- a domestic
2 A stayer at home, i.e. domestically inclined (a “good housekeeper”):—keeper at home.
From oikos (home, dwelling place) and ouros (a guard, be “ware”)
Not exactly politically correct. It flies in the face of feminism.
I do believe that a mom’s place is at home. I do understand that that is not alway possible. I was raised by single mom for much of my childhood. My father passed away, and she did have to work jobs where she could. There are times when women have to work to make sure their family is fed.
The Proverbs 31 woman oversees all of her household affairs, even considering a field and buying it to profit her family. (For more discussion on the Proverbs 31 woman, see HERE)
Even if a woman has to work outside of the home, she still is called to take care of her home and family. Being a watcher, a guard of her house. It is her greatest ministry.
This was a very interesting thing that I never knew until I dug deeper in studying this passage.
The word used for kind here is agathos, which means:
- of good constitution or nature
- useful, salutary
- good, pleasant, agreeable, joyful, happy
- excellent, distinguished
- upright, honourable
That is quite a tall order there! Not exactly what springs to mind when we hear the word ‘kind’ is it? This is not the same word used when Paul wrote in Galatians about the fruit of the Spirit.
Subject to Their Husband
Not a very popular thing in society today either. This too could be it’s own post.
The word used for subject is hypotassō, which translates:
- to arrange under, to subordinate
- to subject, put in subjection
- to subject one’s self, obey
- to submit to one’s control
- to yield to one’s admonition or advice
- to obey, be subject
God set up the husband to be the head of the home. He calls them to love their wives as Christ loved the church.
Yes, when there is abuse a woman needs to get to a safe place.
When a husband is loving His wife as Christ loved the church, it is not a dictatorship, and he is not going to ask us to do anything against that goes against the word of God.
Even if he is not a believer, we are called to accept his authority (1 Peter 3:1). God still comes first, as in marriage to a believer, but we are to still accept his authority.
Why Are These Things Important?
“…so that the word of God will not be dishonored.”
The word for dishonored here is blasphēmeō,
- to speak reproachfully, rail at, revile, calumniate, blaspheme
- to be evil spoken of, reviled, railed at
If an ambassador from another country acts badly, it reflects on the country that sent them. We are Christ’s Ambassadors, how is our walk reflecting on Him?
The Titus 2 Woman was written by guest author Robbi Bittle.
Robbi is a natural-minded stay-at-home wife and mama trying to follow Jesus. You can check out her writing over at Timeless Mama.
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For an in-depth look at Titus 2 and discipleship, see this post.