Scripture: from verse 23
…the Messiah, as head of the Messianic Community, is Himself the one who keeps the body safe.
Observation: You may have noticed there’s some words I really like. Rest. Made perfect. Light. Safe.
I like safe. I dealt with a lot of anxiety growing up (still do, a little) and safe was nice. Safe meant not having to explain myself or defend myself. Safe meant that I knew the rules, and they wouldn’t change on me or suddenly loom in my path. (I’m still dealing with the realization, a few weeks ago, that the social guidelines I’d been taught for one particular situation were wrong and I may have badly hurt people in the past. I don’t feel any guilt over it, as I didn’t know, it still makes me a little sad.) Safe means I have answers, or know where to get answers, and if I ask questions people won’t look at me like I’m clueless. (I probably am clueless, but I still don’t like that look!) Safe means someone to take care of me and comfort me and make me tea.
And Messiah is keeping His body safe. He protects His community. He protects me.
Those who are paying attention will realize that this is in the middle of the whole hierarchical-marriage passage. Personally I tend to ignore that debate, since each couple is different and different things seem to work for different couples – as long as both of them treat the other with sacrificial love, everything will be fine.
But while I don’t feel any particular onus to submit to my husband, a lot of people think that we have a hierarchical marriage. The reason for that is that Hero and I keep each other safe. There are a number of areas where one of us is better equipped to navigate than the other, and because we trust each other and respect each others’ strengths, we can allow each other to take the lead. Hero’s strengths are a little more public-sphere than mine, so people think we have a hierarchical marriage. But really we just do what’s safe. Because it’s comfortable.
Messiah, on the other hand, has infinite knowledge and experience. He isn’t just good at navigating odds and managing outcomes in uncertain situations – He actually knows what will happen. He deserves our trust and respect in every area of life. Because that’s how we stay safe.
Application: Messiah is our safety. Trust Him. Doing what He says may not always be pleasant, but in the long run it is best for you.
Prayer: Yeshua, thank you for being there to keep me safe. Thank you for providing what I need – right down to the cup of hot tea – exactly when you know I need it. Help me to trust that you know what you’re doing. Amen.