Posted by: SandreS | May 24, 2009

The Home’s Responsible Agent

And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also (II Timothy 2:2).

Why does Paul tell Timothy to teach and train faithful men? Why are men so specifically singled out here? What about the teaching and training of women and children? Is not that important?

Timothy’s focus was to be directed toward men, especially husbands and fathers. By focusing on men, the Pauline pattern assures that women and children will be taught. They are to be taught by their husbands and fathers at home (I Corinthians 14:34-35; Ephesians 6:4). This home training is the responsibility of the husband/father (patriarch) as the head of the home.

If the focus of attention is on wives or children, then the divine order is violated and someone is missed in the training process. In other words, the men are to be trained in such a way that they are brought face-to-face with their own responsibilities; then, and only then, will all be taught. However if focus is placed, let’s say on children, the fathers and mothers will be deficient.

This brings us to our very important point. It is crucial that we understand that the husband is the patriarch of the home. Husbands are the head of their wives (I Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:23); fathers are the responsible agents for their children (Ephesians 6:4; Galatians 4:1-2).

Clearly it can be seen in Genesis chapter three that the husband is the responsible agent. When Adam and Eve fell in the garden, for whom did God come looking? He came looking for Adam! You see, responsibility always has a counterpart: accountability. Therefore, it is in Adam, not in Eve, that all die (I Corinthians 15:22).

Patriarchs will give an account for their homes. They will give an account for their wives. They will give an account for their children. This is because their authority is delegated; with all delegated authority comes responsibility, and then accountability! How do those of us who are patriarchs plan to give account? Do we plan to do so with joy? Or do we plan to do so with sorrow? The choice is ours. What will we do with our authority?

… As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Heaven’s Embassy

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