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Bible Question, Answer and Discussion for 11-4-2016

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Bible Question and Answer
Welcome to our bi-weekly post Bible Question, Answer and Discussion where we provide Bible verses, answers and advice to the questions and concerns you have. During the course of the last two weeks readers have submitted their questions and today we are going to answer one of them. So please join us and feel free to chime in on the discussion in the comments section below this post.

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Question 1:

Name: Shermanda
Question: 1 Timothy 2:12. I’m little bit confused. Does that mean women should have no authority as apostles or pastors in church?


Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Shermanda, thank you for the question. Please turn your Bible with me to,

1 Timothy 2:12 
2 “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”

Who was speaking, was it God? No, it was Paul. Paul was making this statement and we will learn the context as we move forward. Remember, at the time of this writing it was not very common for a woman to be a leader, but as we will learn there certainly have been women leaders and teachers of the Word. We should understand both the woman and the man have their own roles to fulfill in a marriage. Naturally the woman brings the family unit together through her role as a nurturer and where would we all be without Mom? While the man’s role is to be the provider and protector of the family. Men and woman are certainly different creatures and what I just stated documents itself.

Paul also said the woman should not “usurp authority over the man“. This word “authority” is Strong’s word 831 and it means, “dominate – usurp authority over“. A woman in the natural sense is not to dominate the relationship, it should be the man leading and we will document that is Biblical in a moment. This does not mean the man should treat his wife poorly, you should love, lead and take care of your family in all aspects. Remember when a man and woman join together “they shall be one flesh(Genesis 2:24). All too often some people try to use scripture to make the woman appear as if she is lower than the man, that is just not Biblical. Rather each, the man and woman have their own separate roles to fulfill.

Please turn your Bible with me to,

Ephesians 5:24 
24 “Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.”

This does not mean the man lords over his wife. The man is to lead the family unit by example and that example is the one Christ set for us (1 Corinthians 11:3).

Let us continue.

Ephesians 5:25
25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;”

The love for a husband is compared to Christ’s love for the church which is simply the many membered body of Christ being you and I. Christ loved us so much He gave His own life so that we might live if we believe on Him. Think about that for a moment. That is the love a husband is supposed to have for his wife. When you understand that, then you will know without a doubt the man is not to lord over the wife or treat her with a lower level of respect. Remember, Christ is our example and He came to be a servant to us.

Ephesians 5:28
28So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.”

Love your wife as yourself.

Ephesians 5:29 
29 “For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:”

Why are those verses important with respect to the question being asked? They should help put in perspective 1 Timothy 2:12 which Shermanda is asking about. Paul was not trying to put down woman, I believe he was making the point that it should be the man who leads not only the family unit, but the church as well. Let me add, a man who will not lead his family and forces his wife to lead the family is not much of a man in my eyes.

We are now going to look at two examples in the past where woman not only lead, but they taught the Word as well. Please turn your Bible with me to,

Judges 4:4 
4 “And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.”

Deborah was a great example of not only a woman leading and teaching, but she did it when no other man would. Again, this is the point Paul was making, a man should take on the leadership role, not the woman. But no man would make a stand for God, so Deborah did and how proud our Father was of her. Acts 21:9 also documents Philip “had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy“. This word “prophesy” is Strong’s word 4395 and it means, “speak under inspiration“. Under what “inspiration“, the inspiration of the Holy Spirit!

Our Father had no problem using woman to fulfill His Word and neither should any of us.



Question 2:

Name: Dave
Question: Do you have any idea why the book of Enoch was left out of the Bible?

Thank you,



Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Dave.

Enoch was certainly a good man as Genesis 5:22–24 will document. Not only did he serve God, but he did it so well our Father took Him. Meaning, Enoch never saw death in the flesh (Hebrews 11:5).

However, Christian scholars do not believe the book of Enoch was written by himself, neither do they believe the book of Enoch was divinely inspired by our Father and this is one of the reasons it has been left out of the Bible.


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  1. Dave,

    As Brandon stated, the book of Enoch is not inspired which is why it wasn’t included in the Canon. Having said that, the book of Enoch is a very informative book; especially about God’s calendar. Other non-Canonized books like Jubilees is good also and the ones originally included in the King James Version of 1611, so I still cherish them for informational purposes only and not to be considered inspired scripture.

    • What do you consider inspired scripture?

      • Jerry C…must have meant…”not”…GOD-INSPIRED…Tommy G.

        Consider the following about the —–>


        The apocrypha is a selection of books which were published in the original 1611 King James Bible. These apocryphal books were positioned between the Old and New Testament (it also contained maps and genealogies). The apocrypha was a part of the KJV for 274 years until being removed in 1885 A.D. A portion of these books were called deuterocanonical books by some entities, such as the Catholic church.

        Many claim the apocrypha should never have been included in the first place, raising doubt about its validity and believing it was not God-inspired (for instance, a reference about magic seems inconsistent with the rest of the Bible: Tobit chapter 6, verses 5-8). Others believe it is valid and that it should never have been removed- that it was considered part of the Bible for nearly 2,000 years before it was recently removed a little more than 100 years ago. Some say it was removed because of not finding the books in the original Hebrew
        manuscripts. Others claim it wasn’t removed by the church, but by printers to cut costs in distributing Bibles in the United States. Both sides tend to cite the same verses that warn against adding or subtracting from the Bible: Revelation 22:18. The word ‘apocrypha’ means ‘hidden.’ Fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls dating back to before 70 A.D. contained parts of the apocrypha books in Hebrew, including Sirach and Tobit [source].

        Keep this in mind when reading the following apocryphal books. Martin Luther said, “Apocrypha–that is, books which are not regarded as equal to the holy Scriptures, and yet are profitable and good to read.” (King James Version Defended page 98.)

        God Bless.

        • Did God Inspire Paul to write 1 Timothy 2 :12. It was pointed out quickly that God was not speaking but Paul. Just left wondering.

          • Tommy
            God puts the words into the minds of the people who write it down. Sometimes they don’t even know God put those thoughts in their minds, sometimes they do. God is in control.

    • Jerry, the book of Enoch is fake and so is jubilees, neither are in the 1611 bible or the apocrypha

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