Submission

*Note: All scripture passages are from The Scriptures 1998+ unless otherwise noted.

Understand that anyone, male or female can step out of their place and rise up. This article is about both men and women and although it points out things about men as well as women, we both have to realize our rightful place in this life. We ask that you not read more than what is presented here and realize what the message is here. It’s about all of us walking humbly before Elohim, submitting to one another in love and not being contentious.

I even heard someone say that the woman is like the Holy Spirit and is there to convict the man. There is absolutely nothing in scripture to support such a statement. The word in fact tells the woman to submit to the man, not the other way around. I didn’t write the Bible, I’m simply a messenger sharing the word of Elohim. I realize this subject is a hard topic for some people, I am not here to irritate you. But if you have anger that you cannot control or have trouble submitting, this article will irritate you. In that case I would say to go to Elohim and talk with him since it is he who told us how to submit to authority.

The topic of submission is often shunned in our society because of the lack of humility. Self reliance and a “do it yourself” mentality is touted as Paramount to success. Too many times we don’t like the idea of answering to anybody but ourselves. But is this Biblical? What is submission and how does it relate to our relationship with God and others in our life? The answer to this doesn’t come from one passage of scripture but is a vein of truth that runs throughout the old and new testament.

Fulfilling your God given role is good, rising above that is just plain sin and rebellion. We’ve seen those who rise past the limits of their role, this can include church leaders, wives, women, men, etc. This creates a serious dysfunction in many ways When a man or woman does this and usurps the authority that belongs to those Elohim has placed in authority. When a married woman does this to her husband she begins to destroy the marriage or relationship. She tears down the very fabric that holds them together.

But know this, that in the last days hard times shall come. For men shall be lovers of self, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, thankless, wrong-doers, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, haters of good, betrayers, reckless, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of Elohim, having a form of reverence but denying its power. And turn away from these!
2 Timothy 3:-5

Messiah showed us how to fulfill our God given role and it was through humble submission to our Heavenly Father, acting within his will and not our own. So many people are insecure and feel a strong need to take the wheel themselves when it is not their rightful position to do so. When they take the wheel themselves not knowing how to pilot the ship they bring it to disaster even sooner.

Real strength or power can only be found in a meek and gentle spirit. We can only be a strong influence when we walk in a spirit of willing submission and trusting the Father.

When we take the wheel ourselves we have become rebellious which is likened to the sin of witchcraft.
“For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and stubbornness is as wickedness and idolatry…” 1 Samuel 15:23

“But know this, that in the last days hard times shall come. For men shall be lovers of self, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, thankless, wrong-doers, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, haters of good, betrayers, reckless, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of Elohim,”
2 Timothy 3:1-4

Let’s watch that we don’t fall into this ill behavior that scripture warns against. When we attack those who have authority over us, we fall into the things scripture warns against. We are without self control, we are haters of good, betrayers, reckless, puffed up, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, fiece and many don’t even know it.

But Miḵa’ĕl the chief messenger, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Mosheh, presumed not to bring against him a blasphemous accusation,…” Jude 1:9

Elohim reveals his power of irony which flies in the face of reason and the world’s ways. He tells us to obey him and he will give us the desires of our heart. And while so many women are on a crusade for freedom, independence and power as they struggle to make their case, Elohim tells them to do it his way.
It does not mean women are not valuable, quite the contrary. But when they step out of their role they dishonor themselves, they have turned away from the faith and have rebelled against Elohim.

So many women are on a search for “freedom” when it has already been given in scripture. All anyone needs to do is embrace what Elohim gives us, receive his perfect word and rest in his design.

On the subject of whether women can and should be in leadership in the church there are two views on this — either the Bible says they can and should or it demands they can’t and should not. For many folks, the matter simply comes down to quoting verses from the Scriptures.

When we turn to see what the apostle Paul wrote we find this:
Let a woman learn in silence, in all subjection. But I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, rather, to be in silence. Because Aḏam was formed first, then Ḥawwah. And Aḏam was not deceived, but the woman, having been deceived, fell into transgression.
1 Timothy 2:11-14

What does this passage tell us? It seems to relay the message that women need to refrain from seeking positions of authority in the body of Messiah.

The argument that Elohim chose Deborah to be the leader of Israel because there were no available or suitable men is not supported by Scripture. Moreover, being unwilling, unavailable, or even incapable, are not impediments to Elohim’s calling. Moses, Gideon, Saul, and other Bible characters were, like Jonah, initially reluctant to follow Elohim’s calling.

Bear in mind that Deborah heard from Elohim directly and did not place herself into any position outside what a woman is normally called to do by Elohim. When a woman rises into leadership or usurps authority in any way she has disobeyed Elohim.

This holds true for a man also. Many of us have seen men in leadership who take on power that only belongs to Elohim. They rise above others in the body and take the preeminence which is condemned in scripture. Pastors have become the “boss” in the church which is not scriptural at all. Those who rule the assembly scripture shows being 12 elders, not one single person as we see in the false religious systems of our day who incorporates the body and gives themselves power over people. They are blind guides who have misrepresented Messiah. Messiah told us we are all brethren.

I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. 3 John 1:9 (KJV)

But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi,’ for One is your Teacher, the Messiah, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth your father, for One is your Father, He who is in the heavens. Neither be called leaders, for One is your Leader, the Messiah. But the greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.
Matthew 23:8-12

When a woman takes on the role that belongs to the man and when the man takes on the role that belongs to Messiah they have usurped authority and have become disobedient servants.

When a woman does this to her man she destroys the relationship and tears down what Elohim wants to build up. By the man and the woman fulfilling their rightful roles they strengthen their marriage and relationship, however, when one of them step out of their role they begin to destroy everything that was built.

We work against Elohim when we do not obey him and try to do things our way. I say, let go of the wheel. If you are driven to take control, to take the wheel you need to repent and talk to Elohim. Work it out and find what it is within you that drives you to work contrary to the Father’s will. Until you heal, your marriage has the potential of failing, your service to Elohim is on dangerous ground and you are not walking within your calling.

Many times we focus on the outward appearance even if we don’t realize it. Talking in Hebrew, keeping the things in scripture we think we should keep, practicing all the things that seem right in our own eyes, never realizing our own vessel within is still dirty. Let’s be careful that we do not become whited walls. Messiah likened some people in his day to whited walls. These where tombs that were scrubbed clean on the outside so visitors in town would know there were dead bodies inside and not a place they can sleep. The empty tombs however gave shelter to out of town guests and they could sleep in them because they were clean on the inside and were not full of dead men’s bones. Let’s not be a whited wall but rather discover what is inside of us that is holding us back from being everything the Father intends for us to be!