God's order: a husband and wife, 1
At one time it seemed as if I were telling my children every other day that, even when they leave our home they will still be subjected to the rules of others. Be it God, government, school, work, or a spouse.
There is order to keep from having chaos.
A lot of women, including myself at times, doesn't like hearing that we are called to submit, obey or subject ourselves to anyone, even if it is God's order. We still aren't thrilled about it.
The reason that I'm not thrilled about hearing the subject preached on first and far most is my human nature, secondly is the fact that I've witness many men who don't quite understand their role as a husband or the woman's role for that matter, and they begin to abuse their wives. Sadly, they abuse in the name of "God." Of course, they are men who are the exception to the rule.
One of my favorite passages in the Bible where I love seeing God's order for a man and his wife acted out— is between Joseph and his pregnant wife Mary.
It is in the portrait of their lives that we see God's perfect order played out. God speaks to the man, the man speaks to his wife. She acts on the instructions of her husband and they and the world are blessed—saved in fact.
"But when he [Joseph] had considered this [to send Mary away secretly], behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, 'Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child in her is of the Holy Spirit.
She will bear a Son; and YOU [not her] shall call His name Jesus for He will save His people from their sins.
And Joseph awoke from His sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; AND HE CALLED HIS NAME JESUS"  emphasis mine. ~ Matthew 1:20-21; 1:24-25
Joseph submitted to God, Mary submitted to him, thus we know our Lord and Savior's earthly name to be: Jesus.
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