Thursday, September 10, 2009

John Chrysostom: God's Judgment on Woman is Profitable

Do you see how, while sin introduced submission, God in His design and wisdom also employed these to our advantage? Listen to how Paul also speaks of this submission so that you may learn once more the harmony of Old and New: "Let a woman learn in silence with full submission." Do you see Him, too, subjecting the woman to the man? But wait a while, and listen to the actual reason: why does He say "with full submission"? "I do not allow a woman to teach." Why? Once she taught Adam wrongly. "Nor to have authority over a man." Why not? Once she used authority wrongly. "Only to keep silence." Give the reason for that, too. "It was not Adam who was deceived: the woman was deceived, and became a transgressor." Hence He forced her down from the throne of teaching. In other words, He is saying, let the one who does not know how to teach learn; but if they refuse to learn and still want to teach, they will be ruination of both themselves and the pupils - which is what happened at that time in the woman's case.

- John Chrysostom (around A.D. 347 to around A.D. 407), Sermon 4 on Genesis, in St. John Chrysostom, Eight Sermons on the Book of Genesis, pp. 65-66 (2004), Robert C. Hill translator.