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Job 22:21-23 New International Version
21“Submit to God and be at peace with him, in this way prosperity will come to you.
22 Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart.
23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored: If you remove wickedness far from your tent.
Submission is the action or fact of accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another person. (Oxford Dictionary)
Submission is an act that is expressed mutually and voluntarily. Being submissive helps us to be less self-centered and allows us to consider the desires of others. Submission has nothing to do with being weak, but allows us to be strong enough to open our hearts to others.
Leadership Authorities are God ordained to put orderliness, peace and harmony and rulership in righteousness . We are subjected to honour, respect and submit to these authorities.
Submission to the Supreme God the highest authority (present in every culture) Genesis 1; 26-28
The Creator God of heaven and earth – Angels (heaven) and Men (earth) must worship Him.
From model 1 we can see here that God se up a Theocratic rulership here over the heaven and earth. Angelic host submitting themselves unto God and declaring His glory in all heaven.
And over the earth is extended His rulership over His creation.
He ordained Adam to submit himself unto God and He gave man the authority over all the creations of God to protect and take care of them.
Issue : Submission vs rebellion/disobedience
The first rebellion was led by Lucifer and became Satan the enemy of God. Ezekiel 28/ Isaiah 14
Submission to the husband of the woman in the context of marriage
Adam the ruler of the earth – Eve the helper of Adam
Genesis 1: 26-28
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Adam received the cultural mandate – the authority to rule over the earth.
Issue: Submission vs disobedience
Adam disobeyed God.
Why Adam not Eve?
Clue: Genesis 2:15-25
Submission to the head of the family of the children as cultural norms in every culture.
Father the head of the family – mother and children
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ (this is the first commandment with a promise), ‘that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.’ Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
Issue: Submission vs obedience
Why there are rebellious children?
Why the fathers are highlighted in this verse?
Submission to the rulership of men and governing authorities
Daniel 2:21 KJV And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
Kings – over the people groups and nations
Ex. Pharaoh- Egypt
King Nebuchadnezzar- Babylon
Issue: Submission vs corruption
The first King of Israel was Saul by public acclamation.
Saul, Hebrew Shaʾul, (flourished 11th century bc, Israel), first king of Israel (c. 1021–1000 bc). According to the biblical account found mainly in I Samuel, Saul was chosen king both by the judge Samuel and by public acclamation. (www.britanica.com)
King David as the appointed of God for the righteousness of God is in him.
Main Point: God uses people who have a heart that trusts in Him.
Key Verse: Man looks at how someone appears on the outside. But I look at what is in the heart. – 1 Samuel 16:7b
How the Lord chose His leaders?
Compare the leadership of Saul and David
Enumerate what pleases the Lord in the life of David?
(Reflection for everyone review the life of David)
Modern Day Leadership
Democratic countries -President and the Prime Minister
Monarchy – Sultan of Brunei, King or Queen- Great Britain, King of Thailand, Shah of Iran
Submission of the body of Christ to Jesus Christ as the head of the Church
Our God is a God of order
Christ as the head followed by :
Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers – Evangelical
Pope and the Catholic Religious orders – Catholics
Imams – Muslims
Monks and Nuns – Buddhism
Brahman and hindu priests
Same issue . Submission vs corruption
We have wars and other socio-political issues because of the evils of corruption.
Purposes in submission to authorities set by God
Rule in the Righteousness of God
A more civilised nations implemented laws in their constitution to achieve these purposes. Even in any religious orders or in corporate entities we have by laws and house rules to do what is good and to promote what is good that would benefit humanity and socio-economic systems.
As Christians or as a church our role in the society is to make the family a strong unit that promotes the righteousness of God so that we can produce more righteous leaders and communities of the believers that follow the path of righteousness. While we are subjecting ourselves in the transformation process of God, we promote the gospel of salvation and restoration of Jesus Christ because our faith is rested in the work of Christ that in the appointed time we shall be like Him who have sent us to the world. God bless you.