I'm going to try so hard to keep this short, sigh.
Numbers 30 (NIV)
3 “When a young woman still living in her father’s household makes a vow to the Lord or obligates herself by a pledge 4 and her father hears about her vow or pledge but says nothing to her, then all her vows and every pledge by which she obligated herself will stand. 5 But if her father forbids her when he hears about it, none of her vows or the pledges by which she obligated herself will stand; the Lord will release her because her father has forbidden her.
6 “If she marries after she makes a vow or after her lips utter a rash promise by which she obligates herself 7 and her husband hears about it but says nothing to her, then her vows or the pledges by which she obligated herself will stand. 8 But if her husband forbids her when he hears about it, he nullifies the vow that obligates her or the rash promise by which she obligates herself, and the Lord will release her.
9 “Any vow or obligation taken by a widow or divorced woman will be binding on her.
10 “If a woman living with her husband makes a vow or obligates herself by a pledge under oath 11 and her husband hears about it but says nothing to her and does not forbid her, then all her vows or the pledges by which she obligated herself will stand. 12 But if her husband nullifies them when he hears about them, then none of the vows or pledges that came from her lips will stand. Her husband has nullified them, and the Lord will release her. 13 Her husband may confirm or nullify any vow she makes or any sworn pledge to deny herself. 14 But if her husband says nothing to her about it from day to day, then he confirms all her vows or the pledges binding on her. He confirms them by saying nothing to her when he hears about them. 15 If, however, he nullifies them some time after he hears about them, then he must bear the consequences of her wrongdoing.”
16 These are the regulations the Lord gave Moses concerning relationships between a man and his wife, and between a father and his young daughter still living at home.
First of all, the above was part of God's regulations through Moses for the children of Israel, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel), and thus do not apply to Gentiles. The Jewish people who believe in G-d and the Tanakh do not hold Gentiles to the same regulations as they have. Why? Because they were not given to Gentiles, but rather to the descendants of Jacob.
Anyways, as a Christian, I can relate to the fact that my Dad, who is also a Christian, was responsible for me while I was growing up. He made sure I had nice shelter, good food, a high quality education, joy and laughter, and above all, that I learned about God. So, Numbers 30:1-5 is understood by Christians to be a father's supervision of his daughter(s).
As a married Christian lady, Numbers 30:10-15 make sense to me, because the husband is the authority figure of the home. Now, the husband being the authority figure of the home does not mean that men are superior to women, no. It means that God gave men the responsibility (which is a big responsibilty) of taking care of their wife and children, and will judge them according to how they fulfill their responsibility.
1 Corinthians 11 (NIV)
7 A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. 8 For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; 9 neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10 It is for this reason that a woman ought to have authority over her own head, because of the angels.
This does not mean that women are inferior to men, but rather that when God created Adam and Eve, God created Eve out of Adam, which is really cool and beautiful! I don't know if you've ever heard the following quote, but it's a beautiful one which I believe is true!
“The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.”
― Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: Complete and Unabridged in One Volume
34 Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. 35 If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.
This does not mean that women are inferior, but rather that there needs to be order in the church. It is very possible that Christian ladies in the church in the city of Corinth were not being orderly in the churches, but rather were asking a lot of questions and interrupting, which would explain why Paul would write this specifically to the Corinthian Christians.
Colossians 3 (NIV)
18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
This does not imply inferiority, but rather the acknowledgement of the difference in roles between the authority/responsibility of the husband, and the helpmate position of the wife. Just as an employee is not an inferior human being compared to his/her boss, so a wife is not an inferior human being to her husband.
Ephesians 5 (NIV)
11 A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15 But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.
22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
It is interesting to me how a Jewish man who never got married (Paul had the gift of celibacy) was instructing different churches in Gentile communities concerning how women should conduct themselves in church. Because I was not a Gentile Christian lady either in Corinth or Ephesus, I do not know how they used to behave. It is possible that they were very distracting, I don't know.
However, I do know that Jesus did not say that women are inferior to men. He talked with both women and men, and praised the faith of many women! The role of Christian females, when they are young, are to obey their parents. The role of Christian females, when they get married, are to be the helpmate of their husband. If both the husband and the wife were the authority figures, then it could turn into a war lol. As a Christian wife, I acknolwedge and am happy that my husband is the authority figure of our home, because he loves God and loves me, and is a wonderful man! Now, if he were not a wonderful man, I would have a huge problem with this. Sad to say, there are many men of different beliefs who are not ready to be the authority figure of the home.
As a Christian lady, I do not believe that women are inferior to me. Rather, I believe that both men and women are equal under God, though with different roles in life.
Peace and God bless you
Edited by Christianlady, 29 May 2012 - 05:05 PM.