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Wordwise Insight, Issue #102
February 14, 2013


BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Is the husband the head of the home?

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Head of Home

(Is the husband the head of the home?)

QUESTION: Head of home? What does it mean for a wife to submit to her husband? Is submit and obey the same?

ANSWER: Yes, submit and obey mean much the same thing. If there's a difference, submitting is perhaps the inner attitude, and obeying is the action that flows from it. Ephesians 5:22 says, "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord [as you would submit to the Lord]." That means a wife is to put herself under the headship of her husband. God has designed that the husband be the spiritual leader in the home.

QUESTION: Head of home? Is the wife to do whatever her husband tells her to do, as long as it is not against God? And does the husband have the right to discipline the wife? I have been told this was okay.

ANSWER: First, we need to deal with the phrase, "as long as it is not against God." The decisions we make in life fall into several categories.

1) First, there are those things that are clearly spelled out and forbidden in the Word of God. We know that stealing is wrong, and lying, because the Bible says so.

2) Then, there are some things that we can be pretty sure are wrong, even though the Bible doesn't refer to them directly. Cigarettes aren't mentioned in God's Word, but we know that smoking would be dangerous to our health, and as believers we also know that our bodies are God's temple, and we should treat it with care (I Cor. 6:19-20).

3) Finally, there's the whole area of day-to-day decisions that are basically neutral in themselves. In these, God's will isn't always easy to know for certain. Should I agree to teach a Sunday School class? Should I attend such-and-such a college? Should we have the pastor and his wife over for supper on Sunday? Maybe. Or maybe not.

But here's an important key to remember. What is...

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