A Man Under Authority

July 30, 2013

in Headship/Submission, Series

When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue.”And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” [Luke 7:6-7 ESV]

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The centurion got it – he understood one does not truly have authority unless he also submits to authority. His “power” over his solders was because he submitted himself to those who had authority over him. If his soldiers didn’t do what he said, it was the Roman Empire, not the centurion, which ultimately dealt with the disobedience. Additionally, the centurion knew his continued power required he follow the desires of the Empire, rather than doing what he felt like doing.

The centurion had privileges that come with power, and he used those wisely. The Jews didn’t care for the occupying Romans, but they liked this man; they said he “was worthy” to have Jesus heal his servant.

While the Greek word used here is not the same as the one used when wives are told to submit, the principle is the same. If you’re not under God’s authority, you have no real authority over your wife. She is not given a pass if you’re out of line, but she’ll find it all but impossible no matter how hard she tries. Additionally, if you lead based on your desires rather than hearing and following God, you can expect many troubles in your life.

Being head is not your right; it’s your responsibility. It’s your responsibility even if you refuse to try, and it’s your responsibility even if she refuses to follow. In the first case, you’ll pay a price before God, in the second she will pay a price before God.

The truth is we can’t possibly do this job correctly unless we’re depending on God, and trying to do it without obedience to Him is going to end badly.

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13 comments
creamnroses
creamnroses

Well said Paul!! We need more husbands and fathers who are willing to first submit to God's authority, in order to lead their wife and kids in the fullness of God's plan and purpose for their lives. It takes a responsible husband and dad as you say, to help his family realize their full potential in God rather than being narrowly focussed on what he gets or does not get from the relationship. So glad I have such a man in my life..... n so does Lori :)

A Heart to Know
A Heart to Know

The safest place to be - in all the world - is under the authority of a husband who submits to the authority of God.  There's no place I'd rather be!

jsdelcamp
jsdelcamp

With submission comes an umbrella of protection. When husbands submit to God, there is an umbrella of protection that God gives to that man and his family.  When a wife submits to her husband, there is an umbrella of protection that she receives for her and her children. When children submit to their parents, they also receive this same protection.  The same is true when submitting to our bosses and to social authority.  When we are not submissive, we willing open ourselves to spiritual attacks which can show up in illness, financial, relational, and other problems - not that these are all a result of rebellion, but when we are not submissive, we do open the door and invite those things in.

Therefore, the benefits of submission - both the husband to God and a wife to her husband far out weigh any sacrifices we make to be submissive.

mrcheevus
mrcheevus

Amazing. God laid this exact passage on my heart with the exact same emphasis 2 weeks ago while on vacation. I had been waiting to get home to blog about it and only just wrote on Sunday before church. The Holy Spirit must be up to something...

Taka Sande
Taka Sande

This is awesome! Yes, being a husband is an honor that carries responsibility. Only God can make us carry this mandate!

MyFamilyDynamic
MyFamilyDynamic

@jsdelcamp Yes I also love the picture of an "umbrella of protection."  God has been teaching me recently that this umbrella of protection is His presence (I have called it an environment).  Obedience is key to maintaining His intimate presence in our lives.  Scripture reveals the contrast in the lives of King David vs. King Saul concerning this thought.  Scripture shows both kings receive God's anointing (Presence, umbrella, environment) Then later in Saul's life Scripture says, (just after Saul disobeys God the 2nd time concerning the Amalekites I Sam. 15), "The Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul.." (I Sam 16:14) and the environment around him immediately changed!  Why? disobedience!  

Submission and obedience to God in His designed order will allow us to maintain His intimate presence (or the umbrella or environment).  This is of great benefit that the carnal mind just can't grasp! 

I have much i could put here, but I want to keep it short!  I am thoroughly enjoying the conversation here.. Thanks!   -Joey


MyFamilyDynamic
MyFamilyDynamic

@mrcheevus I agree, the Spirit must be orchestrating something, because I have been teaching the same Word in Sunday School and also blogged it... Interesting!

mrcheevus
mrcheevus

@TheGenerousHusband Wow.  Been inspired by your work for more than a few years now.  Never thought I'd inspire you.    That is my blog.  Just changed the name today.  It used to be oliverinthehat.

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