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Should believers allow culture to dictate our faith? Our desire for comfortability can impact the ability of the Holy Spirit to convict us and disregard Yahuwah’s instruction in favor of adopting moral relativity. We need to embrace foundational truths that cultivate a family life of mutual submission to Yah.
Ephesians 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of Elohim, as dear children;
Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Messiah also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to Elohim for a sweet smelling savour.
The Torah of first mention for the Greek word ‘thusia’ ‘sacrifice’ in the LXX is referring to the Passover ‘sacrifice’ – Paul again uses ‘thusia’ in its prophetic fulfillment relating to the priestly family of Messiah.
Psalms 40:6 LXX; Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not; but a body hast thou prepared me: whole-burnt-offering and sacrifice for sin thou didst not require.
Ephesians 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;Sin by proxy or voyeurism.
Ephesians 5:4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
Ephesians 5:5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Messiah and of Elohim.
In the Hellenistic world gross sexuality was directly involved with the worship of the deity; so is therefore coupled with idolatry and greed. DSS: 1QS 10:21 in my mouth shall be heard neither foolishness nor sinful deceit, neither fraud nor lies shall be discovered between my lips. Rather; the fruits of holiness will be upon my tongue – abominations will not be found thereon.
Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of Elohim upon the children of disobedience.
Ephesians 5:7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Master: walk as children of light:
Ephesians 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Ephesians 5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Master.
Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Ephesians 5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
Preaching moral relativity by default from the pulpit because you’ve kicked; not only Yah’s torah but even the moral law to the curb.
Ephesians 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
The light and darkness language comes straight out of the Qumram literature of the day and explodes upon the pages of 1st John:
1st John: 1:5 And this is the declaration which we have heard from him and declare unto you: That YHWH is light and in him there is no darkness. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he also is in the light, we have fellowship one with another: And the blood of Yahusha Messiah his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Messiah shall give thee light.
Paul uses the language of Isaiah’s prophecies to drive home his point that the fulfillment is at hand; the return of the exiles that beginning stages of healing toward the nations.
Isaiah 9:2 O people walking in darkness, behold a great light: ye that dwell in the region and shadow of death, a light shall shine upon you.
Isaiah 26:19 The dead shall rise, and they that are in the tombs shall be raised, and they that are in the earth shall rejoice: for the dew from thee is healing to them: but the land of the ungodly shall perish.
Isaiah 51:17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, that hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of his fury: for thou hast drunk out and drained the cup of calamity, the cup of wrath:
Isaiah 52:1 Awake, awake, Sion; put on thy strength, O Sion; and o thou put on thy glory, Jerusalem the holy city: there shall no more pass through thee, the uncircumcised and unclean.
Isaiah 60:1 Be enlightened, be enlightened, O Jerusalem, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.2 Behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and there shall be gross darkness on the nations: but the Lord shall appear upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.3 And kings shall walk in thy light, and nations in thy brightness.
Ephesians 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Master is.
Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Master;
Paul’s referencing the kind of drinking that would happen down on the River Tiber on a Sunday at Sunrise; with the worship of the Greek and Roman god Dionysus/Bacchus.
The common union of drunkenness, orgy and child sacrifice and the custom of wearing a floral wreath symbolizing the worship of the god and the burying of the flesh – the devilish origins of today’s Sunday communion and wreath hanging.
Antiochus Epiphanes forced the Jews to worship in this way: 2 Macs 6:3: 3The evil worsened and made it difficult and unbearable for all. 4 The Temple was profaned by the orgies of the pagans who went there to have a good time with prostitutes, and had intercourse in the sacred enclosures. And besides, they brought into the Temple things not permitted by the Torah; 5 the altar was laden with unclean victims prohibited by the law. 6 It was no longer allowed to celebrate the sabbath or observe the customs of our ancestors, or even to declare oneself a Jew. 7 But, on the contrary, they were led by bitter necessity to celebrate the king’s birthday with a monthly sacrifice. And when the feast of Dionysus came, they were also forced to follow the Dionysus procession and wear floral wreaths.
Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto Elohim and the Father in the name of our Master Yahusha Messiah;
Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of Elohim.
Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Master.
Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Messiah is the head of the assembly: and he is the saviour of the body.
Ephesians 5:24 Therefore as the assembly is subject unto Messiah, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Messiah also loved the assembly, and gave himself for it;
Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
Ephesians 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious assembly, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Ephesians 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. (How many of us put our arms around our wives and read the word to them and pray for them?) He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
Ephesians 5:29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Master of the assembly:
Ephesians 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
V.22 Catch the omission of the verb to ‘be subject’ in the early mss; only later did copyists add the verb; believing it should be supplied based upon context.
6 foundational truths which in turn will cultivate a family life of mutual submission:
- Guarding the family home from the introduction of graven images.
- Teaching the holy tongue and revering the name of יהוה
- Leading the family in Sabbath observance.
- Setting a culture of honor in regard to anger, violence, thievery and lying.
- Not indebting oneself; which is covetousness.
- Educating the children as they sit in the house, when thou walk by the way, and when they lie down, and when they rise up – the responsibility of the family; not the State.
Four main views of verse 22 – 31
- Biblical egalitarianism – the belief that all people are equal before יהוה in Messiah; and have equal responsibility to use their gifts and walk in their calling; and are called to roles and ministries without regard to class, gender, or race. (Agree)
- Christian feminism – Christian feminists believe in the search for a feminine or gender-transcendent divine and often draw on the teachings of other religions and ideologies in addition to the bible.
- Complementarianism – men and women have different but complementary roles and responsibilities; these separate roles bar women from specific functions of ministry but even though they are barred from certain roles and ministries these women are still equal in moral value and hold equal status; but headship roles go to the men and only support roles to the women
- Biblical patriarchy – the father as the head of the home, responsible for the conduct of his family. Male leadership in the home carries over into the congregation: only men are permitted to hold the ruling office in the assemblies. Women should not be civil leaders and shouldn’t; have careers outside the home.
V. 23 For the husband is the ‘kephalē’ of the wife.
LXX usage of the word ‘kephale’ would be translated as: ‘the husband is the nephesh/soul/source of the wife. ‘
The soul is supposed to be reliant and in submission to the spirit/the head.
If Paul had wanted to use ‘head’ or ‘ruler’ he wouldn’t of used ‘kephale’ which has its origins in the LXX within ‘source and soul language’ he would of used ‘arche’ as in ‘ruler’ found in:
Luke 12:11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates/arche, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:
‘Kephale’ in the LXX is translated from the Hebrew ‘rosh’, ‘nephesh’ – when found within source and soul language in the Tanakh.
You have to ask yourself why the LXX translators; most of the time choose not to use ‘kephale’ when the Hebrew word ‘rosh’ is found within leadership and rulership language – they translate ‘rosh’ >‘arche.’ An e.g: Numbers 30:1.
Conversely; when Israel is; ‘the head not the tale,’ in Deuteronomy 28:12,13 ‘kephale’ is used because Israel will lend to many nations; meaning; Israel will be the ‘source’ ‘kephale’ of great bounty.
Proverbs 31 depicts the husband and wife in a business partnership; working together for the mutual benefit of the family – the whole!
‘Head of the household’; ‘ kephale oikos’ isn’t a phrase found in the bible; anywhere! Yet it’s a phrase the Messianic Movement’s adopted straight from Hellenism.
Institutions such as law, religion, and the educational system are as we speak being reconstructed through extensive action by the state.
All of this is laying the groundwork – deconstructing the family and reproduction for the introduction of A.I technology with the end goal of criminalization of reproduction outside of A.I “guardianship,” for the protection and welfare of humanity.
The State taking over reproduction and socialization to bring about their solution: A.I guardianship because man cannot be trusted with his interaction with one another.
Ephesians 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Messiah and the assembly.
Ephesians 5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
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