Memorable Scripture: Women and Teaching

1 Timothy 2:11-12 Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.

I could just say “Yes and Amen” but I won’t.
The early church world was much different than today.
Women were a very diminished class.
They weren’t taught in school.
They did not become rabbis.
They did not start their own business.
They were mostly groomed for marriage, cooking, bearing and raising children, and the keeping of a home.
However, women have great insight into God’s word and God used many women throughout the Bible but none for formal teaching.
It was common in the Roman world for men to interrupt and ask questions of public speakers.
Under Roman law a woman could not do this.
Women were not allowed as Roman senators or judges.
Perhaps Paul was keeping the Christian women safe, since they now have a new found liberty in Christ.
Women have taught in the church I grew up in.
They have spoken and taught in the church I pastor.
They did not come in and take over. As the pastor, I gave them the authority to speak and teach.
When they did it, they were under my authority – I covered them with my authority.
I praise God for the Biblical female teachers we have today.
Women can minister to women in ways that men never can.

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