Subjection – 1 Timothy 2:11

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1 Tim 2:11

die Unterwürfigkeit – subjection, submissiveness

1. Timotheus 2,11 Ein Weib lerne in der Stille in aller Unterwürfigkeit.

1 Timothy 2:11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

Meaning: Verhalten oder Einstellung, das eigene Handeln dem Willen einer anderen Person oder Institution unterzuordnen[1] – The behaviour or attitude of subordinating one’s own actions to the will of another person or institution

One of the reasons why I was asked to share was because our Sunday School class is made up of mostly young women. This particular passage (1 Timothy 2) contains what our group usually calls “triggering” words and phrases. That is, when some of the young women read or have to hear about words like “subjection”, they tend close their ears and shut their hearts to the Word of God because it contradicts and goes against what their hearts wish to do.

The other well-known passage about submissiveness is found in Ephesians 5, where it describes how a wife ought to submit to her husband.

But what is usually overlooked is the verse that comes just before that:

Epheser 5,21 einander unterwürfig in der Furcht Christi.

Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

The action of being quiet is a sign of submissiveness, and is an instruction from God to all Christians.

It is not enough to simply be silent, or act silent, but in the heart, the desire is contrary to that.

Ultimately, what matters to God is the heart, not just the outward action of “obedience”. If not done willingly, then that isn’t true obedience.

1. Samuel 16,7 Aber Jehova sprach zu Samuel: Blicke nicht auf sein Aussehen und auf die Höhe seines Wuchses, denn ich habe ihn verworfen; denn Jehova sieht nicht auf das, worauf der Mensch sieht; denn der Mensch sieht auf das Äußere, aber Jehova sieht auf das Herz.

1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

This is part of series of words taken from 1 Timothy 2:11-15. I recently studied these verses in detail as they were something that I shared during Sunday School just a few weeks ago. I thought I could do something slightly different.

Many of the ideas were taken from the messages by John Piper on these verses: Manhood, Womanhood, and the Freedom to Minister and Affirming the Goodness of Manhood and Womanhood in All of Life, as well as the article How Are Women Saved Through Childbearing?

Last week’s post was the first in the series.