Daily Bread - February 12, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 06:22
Ephesians 5:23 - Because the man is the head of the woman, even as also
Christ is the Head of His Church, the Savior of the Body.

Part 1: The Glory of the Divine Relationship

Many modern churchgoers are repulsed by the idea that the husband is the
head of the wife. They feel insulted and controlled by the very idea of the
man being the "head," which of course is a way to say "leader." Thus,
attempts are made to find a "work around" to dilute its impact in modern
times. A common approach to understanding the meaning of ancient words is
to reference the time and culture in which the word or concept was applied.
However, more important than Graeco-Roman culture (and even Hebrew culture)
is Biblical culture - a culture defined by God. The Kingdom of God's
culture is distinct from all other cultures, and at the heart of this
culture is love and servitude.

To understand the beauty of the relationship between a man with his wife,
we must look at the relationship of Christ with the Father, and then of man
with Christ (1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:25). The relationship of the
Father with Christ Jesus is the most important relationship to understand
if we are to understand the proper relationship between husband and wife.
The love between the Father and the Lord Jesus is the model of rulership in
the Kingdom, which is not dictatorial or legislative, but a relational
governorship born out of oneness (John 17:21-23). To be ruled by someone
who loves you, and to rule based upon relationship - these are foreign to
man. We must be guarded against cold definitions and human models when we
attempt to conceptualize this. God's governorship is the most wonderful
relationship of oneness imaginable - characterized by servitude and love.
There are many things to say, but consider what Paul says with regards to
this hierarchy: he says that man is the glory of God, and the woman the is
glory of the man (1 Corinthians 11:7). This must cause us all to pause and
consider the glory and honor that is conferred upon the subjects of a
divine relationship. God created man to walk with Him in a glorious
relationship of oneness, and God created woman from the man, ordaining that
they should be one in purpose and life.

He's crowned us with glory and honor in Christ Jesus! (Psalms 8:5; Hebrews
2:7; 1 Corinthians 1:30-31)
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