This machine teaches you how to kick backwards against a great weight. You have to balance with one knee on a little padded step, hold onto the handles, then kick backwards like a donkey against a weighted part of the machine while not losing your balance or hurting anyone else in the process. Then you switch knees and kick with the other leg.
Just getting ready to do the GLUTE machine gets me tired.
The reason I’m doing all these exercises is to please my wife. And to get healthier. And to use words like “reps” and “glut” and “pain.” But really these are a metaphor for SPIRITUAL HEALTHINESS, kind of. Which brings us to today’s study.
We were looking at several questions from Titus 2. Those verses read:
3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
Here are my preliminary responses to those questions –
1. Who in his right mind would ever call any woman an “older” woman? This is dangerous territory, but Paul is speaking, perhaps, to those women who are mature in the Christian faith. Titus is charged to teach them as well. Put into your own words what his lesson plan is to be with these “older” women: Paul’s “lesson plan” is that they disciple younger women in godly living.
2. I’ve heard some preachers say that husbands are commanded to love their wives, but wives are never commanded to love their husbands (but to submit to them). How do these verses challenge that view? Older women are to teach younger women to “love their husbands and children” (v. 4).
3. Do you see older women in the Christian community mentoring, discipling, teaching the younger women these qualities listed in verses 4-5? Often not. And the problem is on both sides: older women not seeking out those they can mentor and younger women not letting older women know they wish to be so helped. (same with men, by the way).
4. What is the danger of a younger woman not following the advice of the older women in verse 5? What does it mean for the word of God to be “maligned”? The danger is that these women will not be marked by self-control, will not live pure lives, will not be busy at home, will not be kind, will not subject themselves to their husbands, and the word of God will be maligned. I looked up the word “malign” and it means: “to speak about (someone) in a spitefully critical manner, to defame, slander, libel, smear, vilify, denigrate, disparage, abuse, or revile.” Wow. That’s how important it is for this group, these “older women,” to follow God’s Word!