Headship - Radical Servanthood

Aug. 6, 2017 | By Taffi Dollar

Summary

Our relationships are important to God, and He saved us so that we could have a relationship with Him. An understanding of our heavenly Father impacts all of our earthly relationships, and it even influences how we see ourselves. God’s influence allows us to be such strong examples of His love and grace to others that it affects how we relate to each other. In these end times, many men and women are redefining their traditional gender roles and their relationships with each other, and we must understand who we are concerning the things of God. In many instances, people can no longer make the traditional assumptions they have made in the past. We must not live under the Law of Moses anymore. We have been freed from the old ways of how we relate to each other, and we can now establish relationships based on the ministering of the Holy Spirit.

  1. We have been redeemed from the many curses under the Law of Moses.

    1. And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee (Deuteronomy 28:1-8).

      1. These describe the blessings of the Law of Moses, and they are the result of obedience. The curses were the result of the people’s disobedience.

    2. The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways. And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee. And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee. The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them: And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them (Deuteronomy 28:9-14).

      1. Under the law, there were many more curses than blessings, but Jesus has redeemed us from all of the curses.

    3. But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store. Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out. The Lord shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me. The Lord shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to posses it. The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish. And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron (Deuteronomy 28:15-23).

      1. Now that we are under the new covenant, it is not God’s will for us to be destroyed or die an early death. That was under the curse.

      2. Under the curse, there was a limitation and an area where the people could not access God; they had to rely on a human priest to get to Him.

    4. The Lord will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed. The Lord shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart: And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in the darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee. Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof. Thine ox shalt be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof: thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee: thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none to rescue them. Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long; and there shall be no might in thine hand (Deuteronomy 28:27-32).

      1. Conditions that could not be healed were part of the curse but, because of Jesus, we can now be healed in every area.

      2. Christ is concerned about everything in our lives, down to the smallest detail. He even numbers the hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:29-31; Luke 12:6, 7).

      3. We do not have to grope around like a blind person. Jesus came so that we could see with our physical and spiritual eyes.

      4. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints (Ephesians 1:18).

      5. Comprehension from Him helps us understand what is the will of the Lord (Ephesians 5:17).

      6. Under the curse, we would not prosper in our ways, but God is a God of prosperity.

      7. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (3 John 1:2).

      8. God is a God of harvest. What things He plants in us, He will ensure they grow and are harvested.

      9. Under the curse, adultery is tolerated, but now we do not have to put up with it.

    5. So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see. The Lord shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch than cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head. The Lord shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone. And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the Lord shall lead thee (Deuteronomy 28:34-37).

      1. Under the curse, the children would be given to the enemy; now, they belong to God.

      2. And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children (Isaiah 54:13).

      3. Our children will do God’s will, and they will be as arrows are in the hand of a mighty man (Psalm 127:4). No weapon formed against them will prosper (Isaiah 54:17).

      4. We can stand on the Word of God and use our faith that our children will be safe.

      5. God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19).

  1. Jesus lifted the curse and demonstrated radical servanthood.

    1. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree (Galatians 3:13).

      1. To redeem is to purchase. Christ bought us out from the curse, and He delivered us.

      2. We can now celebrate our redemption and the knowledge that we can live long and strong.

    2. Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee. And whosoever lieth carnally with a woman, that is a bondmaid, betrothed to an husband, and not at all redeemed, nor freedom given her; she shall be scourged; they shall not be put to death, because she was not free…Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times. Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard. Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord (Leviticus 19:19, 20, 26-28).

      1. The law was harsh and strict, especially for women. Polygamy was common, men could easily divorce their wives, and women did not have many rights.

      2. The law dictated every aspect of life, right down to how to cook meat and how to wear one’s hair and beard.

    3. And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church], Which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself] (Ephesians 1:22, 23, AMPC).

      1. When we study the concept of headship, we must not misinterpret. Reading the Bible in context and taking into account settings and time periods allows us to rightly divide the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:15).

      2. Headship is not gender-based. The New Testament defines headship of ministry to the church as Christ being the head.

      3. The original Greek translation of “head” is “kephale.” Christ causes the church to grow, mature, and develop.

      4. Jesus fills us with His Spirit, His Word, and His promises.

    4. But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love (Ephesians 4:15, 16).

      1. The world’s definition of “head” differs from the biblical definition. The English term refers more to a dictator, leader, chief, or director. We can carry over that same mindset into marriage and family, but the Greek word describes it in other terms.

      2. The Word of God is the truth. God wants His children to walk in truth (3 John 1:4).

      3. As the head of the body, Christ provides the church with oneness, cohesion, and growth. He is the source of life, which is another meaning for “kephale.”

      4. God gives each one of us a gift to use to serve the body.

  1. Our relationships can be like the relationship between God and Jesus.

    1. And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence (Colossians 1:17, 18).

      1. This is a description of the head-body metaphor and the kephale relationship Christ has with the church.

      2. Jesus “was” before all things, and everything came into being through Him. In the beginning when God created heaven and earth, He said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:1, 26).

      3. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1). Adam was derived from God, and Eve came out of Adam.

    2. And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God (Colossians 2:19).

      1. Jesus is the cohesion that holds the body together. He provides nourishment for us.

      2. We see a parallel between the relationship Jesus has with the church and a marriage between husband and wife (Ephesians 5:29).

    3. Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 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 (Ephesians 5:21-31).

      1. Not every man is the head of every woman. Biblical submission involves submitting ourselves equally, one to another. Husbands are to submit to the same degree as wives.

      2. Jesus is introduced parallel to His relationship with the church. The husband is the kephale of the wife.

      3. Wives are to be subject to their husbands in everything that is right, that agrees with the Word. We must use common sense in this area.

      4. We should understand that the role these Scriptures demonstrate is one of service.

    4. But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God (1 Corinthians 11:3).

      1. Jesus is the kephale of every man, and God is the kephale of Jesus.

      2. Gender does not take priority over the gifts of God.

      3. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28).

Scripture References

Deuteronomy 28:1-23, 27-32, 34-37

Matthew 10:29-31

Luke 12:6, 7

Ephesians 1:18

Ephesians 5:17, 21-31

3 John 1:2

Isaiah 54:13, 17

Psalm 127:4

Numbers 23:19

Galatians 3:13, 28

 

Leviticus 19:19, 20, 26-28

Ephesians 1:22, 23, AMPC

2 Timothy 2:15

Ephesians 4:15, 16

3 John 1:4

Colossians 1:17, 18, 27

Genesis 1:1, 26

John 1:1

Colossians 2:19

  

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