Judges 19-21, 1 Corinthians 14
Funny how Paul calls everyone out for wanting a spiritual gift not to build the church up but to build ourselves up. Good reminder that my gift is not truly my own but God through me for his kingdom
The treatment of the concubine as well as Paul’s teaching that women shouldn’t speak in church…all a bit discouraging and hard to understand.
I think the concubine story was just to show how bad it was in Israel. It mirrors sodem and gemora in Genisis which God destroyed because of their evilness. It also shows how curpted the even the preasts had become too.
For the treatment of the concubine, one thing that was noted in the Wikipedia perspective is that while rape was considered an ok substitution for the man’s protection, it was evil in the eyes of God. It led to the massacre of many Benjamites to the point where the tribe had almost no survivors. Paul’s role of submission and voicelessness of women is hard for me to understand too. Wish I could get some clarification on that.
The overall goal of Paul’s letter to Corinth was to promote unity in the church. There were issues where women were taking their freedom in Christ as an excuse to cause conflict. This was Paul’s correction to that specific issue. That’s what context I was given for that passage specifically.
Hard readings to understand in Judges!
33For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.-ellie
Reading “Without Rival” by Lisa Bevere and I’m not sure if this is to disprove or prove what she says about women speaking. So confusing. I thought God wanted us to share the gospel but this makes me think we are to simply be housewives learning from our husbands. Frustrating!
For a deeper look at 1 Corinthians 14, I highly recommend Kathy Keller’s essay/short book called “Jesus, Justice, and Gender Roles.” She gives some really great insights into this idea of women in the Church and compares this passages with several others throughout Scripture.
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.