Titus 2:1-10, “But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things — that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you. Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.”
Titus 2:3-5, “the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things — that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.”
Day 3 of 5. Today’s text refers to the older women. Just as the older men had their instructions, the older women have theirs as well. Let us dive in and get ready to learn from the book of Titus.
The older women were likewise… This refers to the fact that just as the older men were to act, there were certain ways that the older women were to act as part of the Church. The first way was to reverent just as the older men to be reverent. From yesterday, reverent was to be honest, honorable, truthful. The older women were to be an example of honesty just like the older men.
Not slanderers. Slander: διάβολος diábolos, dee-ab’-ol-os; a traducer; specially, Satan:—false accuser, devil, slanderer. Older women were to be the opposite of Satan. As children of God, we are not to follow the devil and his ways. His ways are evil and deceptive. He is everything that God is not. Older women were encouraged to not be like Satan.
Also not given to much wine. Again, like the older men, the older women were encouraged to avoid too much alcohol. This was to have a clear head to think and reason and follow God. This would also have helped to avoid following the devil and his evil ways. Without much wine, the older women would be more in control of their actions towards others.
Teachers of good things. καλοδιδάσκαλος kalodidáskalos, kal-od-id-as’-kal-os; a teacher of the right:—teacher of good things. The older women were to be instructors to what is right and good. In order to do this, the older woman would need to know all they can about God to be able to teach about Him. This also would require truth, avoid alcohol for a clear mind, and avoiding Satan. Satan will attack the teacher first as if he can take down the teacher, he can take down all the students with that teacher. This is why Jesus was attacked so much by Satan. If Satan could defeat Jesus, he would have stopped all of us from having salvation. He, of course, failed and Jesus did die for salvation for all.
Admonish: σωφρονίζω sōphronízō, so-fron-id’-zo; to make of sound mind, i.e. (figuratively) to discipline or correct:—teach to be sober. Older women are to correct those who are wrong. It is similar to how God disciplines all of us for the wrong that we do. If it is not according to God, it is to be corrected right away. Forgiveness must be sought and the wrong must be righted.
Young women: νέος néos, neh’-os; including the comparative νεότερος neóteros neh-o’-ter-os; a primary word; “new”, i.e. (of persons) youthful, or (of things) fresh; figuratively, regenerate:—new, young. These women would be unmarried women of the Church. The older women would literally take the young women under their arm to nurture them and care for them. Teach them right from wrong so that they can one day teach others like they were.
Love husbands: φίλανδρος phílandros, fil’-an-dros; fond of man, i.e. affectionate as a wife:—love their husbands. Love children: φιλότεκνος philóteknos, fil-ot’-ek-nos; fond of one’s children, i.e. maternal:—love their children. The older women would teach the young women what their role was to be. They were to be married to a man. They would be fond of a man and be affectionate with a man. This was the love that was to be given to their husband. This is different than the love given to the children. This love was a maternal love as a mother duck cares for her ducklings. The woman is to be the protector of her children to take care of them always.
Discreet: σώφρων sṓphrōn, so’-frone; safe (sound) in mind, i.e. self-controlled (moderate as to opinion or passion):—discreet, sober, temperate. The young women were to be sober just like the older men and women. Temperate as well. This would come in handy especially when dealing with children that misbehave. The young women would need experience in how to act and that guidance would come from the older women in their lives.
Chaste: ἁγνός hagnós, hag-nos’; properly, clean, i.e. (figuratively) innocent, modest, perfect:—chaste, clean, pure. The young women were to be pure for the man. This would have meant that they would stay faithful to one man and take the covenant of marriage seriously. Adultery is and was an extreme that was punishable by stoning. Women would need to be careful to not cheat on their spouse and stay clean or pure to their husband always.
Homemaker: οἰκουρός oikourós, oy-koo-ros’; (a guard; be “ware”); a stayer at home, i.e. domestically inclined (a “good housekeeper”):—keeper at home. The women were not to go out and work as they do in times today. The woman’s job was at home. It was to cook and clean and care for the needs of the children. The young women would learn from the older women how to properly take care of a family and its needs. The home was the purpose of the woman and the home was under her care.
Good: ἀγαθός agathós, ag-ath-os’; a primary word; “good” (in any sense, often as noun):—benefit, good(-s, things), well. Women were to be generally good. The women were to be proper to the men and to the children as well. This was to bring honor on their family and their own head. It was displeasing to be termed as “bad” or “wicked.”
Obedient to their husbands: ὑποτάσσω hypotássō, hoop-ot-as’-so; to subordinate; reflexively, to obey:—be under obedience (obedient), put under, subdue unto, (be, make) subject (to, unto), be (put) in subjection (to, under), submit self unto. ἴδιος ídios, id’-ee-os; of uncertain affinity; pertaining to self, i.e. one’s own; by implication, private or separate:—X his acquaintance, when they were alone, apart, aside, due, his (own, proper, several), home, (her, our, thine, your) own (business), private(-ly), proper, severally, their (own). ἀνήρ anḗr, an’-ayr; a primary word; a man (properly as an individual male):—fellow, husband, man, sir. This literally meant that the woman was subject to the man. The man was in charge of the woman just as the man was subject to God. The woman was to do as she was told by her husband as his instructions came from the mouth of God.
Avoid blasphemy of the Word of God. βλασφημέω blasphēméō, blas-fay-meh’-o; to vilify; specially, to speak impiously:—(speak) blaspheme(-er, -mously, -my), defame, rail on, revile, speak evil. In all that the woman did, she was to do so that the name of God was not ill spoken of. Blasphemy, like adultery, was a capital punishment and meant death. The women would need to make sure to follow the guidelines outlined here to avoid death and not following God.
In all of this, the Church is a community. the older women taught the younger women. This occurred so that knowledge could be passed from one generation to another. It was also to show those that were inexperienced some experience prior to being given to a man. Women are special to God and that is why God has made them to submit to their husbands and husbands to submit to Him. This is how communication is to be from God to man to woman. This is how the Church should be as well. Following the example of Titus 2.
Thank You for the Word that You have given to me. Please allow this Word to be spread to all those that it can. We are all part of the Church and we all have a role to play. Help us to know our role and to follow You. To avoid evil at all times. To avoid turning our backs on You. We love You and appreciate the teachings that You provide. Help us to apply them to our lives daily.
In Your name we pray,