For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear. 1 Peter 3:5-6
Peter gives a nice plug for Sarah here, a holy woman who was submissive and obeyed her husband. I have often read over this and nodded sagely, without really thinking about exactly what Sarah did.
You may want to read Genesis 12: 11-20 and also Genesis chapter 20 if you haven’t recently. It’s quite a story. Go ahead and click the links–they will open in a new window, it will only take you a minute, and I’ll still be here when you get back. 🙂
Did you read it? What do you think? Would you go along with it if your husband suggested such a scheme to you? And could you do it “without being frightened by any fear?” Is that what he means by saying that Sarah called Abraham lord–that she completely trusted in him, even when his plan didn’t sound right to her?
This is such a foreign concept to us today in our supposedly ‘liberated’ society. Peter sets Sarah up as an example for us, and yet I’m guessing that most Christians in our time would advise against doing what she did. Women are expected to think for themselves, and would balk at doing something that seemed wrong, even if their husbands told them to. But notice that God protected Sarah through both of these expereiences. Even when she was taken into a king’s harem, God kept her safe from sin and harm.
Yes, Abraham was wrong. He was fearful, and wasn’t trusting God himself at that point. It becomes apparent later that he should have had faith in God and not tried to finagle his own solution to a supposed problem, BUT… Sarah is still praised for submitting to him!
It’s quite an amazing idea, that God will protect a woman who stays under her husband’s authority, even when that man is not making perfect decisions!
It can even be a pretty scary thought. How much do you trust your husband? It’s an idea that requires some serious prayer on the part of a wife.
More on that tomorrow.