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You Asked For It – Week 7

Pastor Charlie Riley

December 5, 2020

 

 

1. Can you explain biblically, the connection between Satan and Lucifer? I know they are the same but am not sure where in the Bible it plainly states they are.

Lucifer means Morning Star (Before his fall)
Satan – “accuser” or “adversary” (After His Fall)
Satan was Lucifer when he was a archangel in heaven.

Luke 10:18
And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

Isaiah 14:12-15
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ 15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit.

2. There is a lot of Speculation of “pagan” holidays and whether or not the church should celebrate them. Do you think God would truly frown upon us for celebrating things like Christmas or doing fun activities for Halloween?

200 A.D. Tertullian of Carthage Reported the Calculation
14th Day of Nisan Jewish Calendar Jesus Died
Equivalent to March 25 in the Roman Calendar

Romans 14:1-6
Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3 The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand. 5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind.6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord.

3. Why does the Bible say a woman must cover her head to pray. And not say anything in a service. Wait and ask your husband at home. It seems that God does not see women as valuable as men.

Customs Among The Corinthians In Paul’s Day
Women Did Not Appear In Public Without A Veil or Covering
It Was Shameful To Be Seen With Your Head Shaved
Only Prostitutes and Slaves Appeared Shaved Or Uncovered

1 Corinthians 11:1-16
Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. 2 Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you. 3 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman (Greek Word – “GUNE” – WIFE 92 times NT) is man, and the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head. 5 But every woman (WIFE) who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head (Husband), for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved. 6 For if a woman (wife) is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman (wife) to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered. 7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. 8 For man is not from woman, but woman from man. 9 Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man. 10 For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, neither Is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord. 12 For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God. 13 Judge among yourselves. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him? 15 But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering. 16 But if anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God.

Despite Paul’s warning to the contrary, many people have become contentious about this issue of whether men and women should pray with their heads covered and what is the proper length of hair for each gender. This was not the point that Paul was making (see note 1 at 1 Corinthians 11:3).

Paul simply drew on a custom of the day to illustrate that he (Paul) was not anybody’s spiritual head. They (men and women) were under submission to Christ, and women also should submit to their husbands. That was it. That was his point. He was not trying to establish a dress code for all ages.

People who have tried to use these scriptures to freeze the length of men’s hairstyles to those of the 1950s are misapplying these verses. They never specified how short that short was. According to writings of the first century, the typical Jewish man’s hair length was to his shoulders. This would be unacceptable to those who use these scriptures to be contentious.

Likewise, religious groups who use these scriptures to get women to wear doilies or other coverings have missed the point. No one is better off if they do these things, and no one is worse off if they don’t. This was a custom of Paul’s day that he used for illustration, not a commandment from the Lord.

Believers are free to observe their own customs in these matters as long as they do not preach these customs to others as law. Believers who understand the true meaning of Paul’s teaching here should not criticize other believers who have missed the point and are hung up on the illustration. These are not pivotal doctrinal points.

1 Corinthians 14:33-36
33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. 34 Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. 35 And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church. 36 Or did the word of God come originally from you? Or was it you only that it reached?

Commentary on 1 Corinthian 14:36
It is possible that this passage may be saying the very opposite of what it seems to be saying. For example, Paul had already stated in 1 Corinthians 11:5 that women pray and prophesy in the church, so he was not forbidding women from speaking in the church altogether. Some think that Paul was addressing a particular problem of someone being disruptive by noisy discussions in the church. This may possibly be true, but by looking at the context, you can see that Paul was asking a question. This question could be paraphrased something like this: “Women are not to speak in the church. What? Hey guys, do you think that the Word of God originates only with you? Does it come forth only from you?”

Women and Submission
(Ephesians 5:22-24; Colossians 3:18; 1 Timothy 2:11-12; 1 Peter 3:1, and 5-6),
Paul was speaking only of a wife submitting to her own husband.

KEY: It is not scriptural to teach that women in general are to submit to men in general.

1 Timothy 2:11-14 NKJV
11 Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. 12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have (KJV -Usurp: to seize and hold by force) authority over a man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.

The word “usurp” in the next verse further strengthens this interpretation. “Usurp” means, “to seize and hold…by force or without legal authority” (American Heritage Dictionary). Paul was talking against a woman lording over her husband. We’ve all seen boisterous women with little mousy husbands. That’s what Paul was speaking against.

This is similar to what Paul went on to say about the men in the next chapter. He told Timothy not to make a man a bishop who couldn’t rule his own house. Likewise, he was saying that a woman should not speak in the church if she’s trying to usurp her husband’s authority. If a man’s home isn’t in order, he shouldn’t minister, and if a woman’s husband isn’t in agreement with her saying something, she should be quiet.

The reason for Paul’s instruction about the wife keeping quiet was to keep her from usurping authority over her husband. This does not forbid women to speak in the church if their husbands are in agreement.

Paul spoke of women praying and prophesying in the church services (1 Corinthians 11:5). Priscilla instructed Apollos (Acts 18:26), and Paul instructed the older women to teach the younger women (Titus 2:3-4). It appears that Paul did not forbid women to teach under appropriate circumstances.

In 1 Timothy 2:13-15, Paul continued his argument, using Adam and Eve as an example of a husband-and-wife relationship. This is not a “men are superior to women” passage of Scripture but a “husbands are the head of their wives” (Ephesians 5:23) passage.

4. I hope this doesn’t sound like a stupid question. When you pray, who do you pray to? God or Jesus or both?

John 16:23-24
23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

5. I think a large part of the world is dealing with some major emotional swings right now. I don’t want to get caught up in emotions and forget to have faith in God. I also don’t want to hurt those around me by speaking from an emotional place – not from a thoughtful place. How can I best manage my emotions and still represent Christ well? What does the Bible say about how we should deal with our feelings?

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