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Women Are The Devil!? (The Root of Slavery Pt. 1)

13 May

“Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, (Jesus) himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, (15) and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery (bondage).  -Hebrews 2:14-15 ESV

These verses contain a lot of big ideas, stating “the devil” imparted a “fear of death,” which then made one “subject to” (meaning “put under the authority of”) “lifelong slavery” (or bondage).  Put another way, this says: “the devil’s power created a fear of death, causing life-long bondage to those under his rule.”  Although (thank God!) Jesus broke this bondage once for all, I think it’s worth understanding what the devil and this bondage are or were, so we don’t somehow go back under it.  

To understand what all this means, we have to be open to the possibility that our current understanding is wrong, and that this is ok!  It also greatly helps to keep in mind that while the New Testament contains much truth and enlightenment we can benefit from, was not written TO us, in 2017 A.D. (possibly except for the gospels).  Certainly the book of Hebrews, which was written nearly 2,000 years ago to Jews living while the temple in Jerusalem was still standing, was not written TO us!  I could elaborate a lot more about this, but my point is that our understanding of scripture derails very quickly when we don’t keep the original audience and time-frame in mind.

So, looking again at Hebrews 2:15, the Greek word translated “slavery” or “bondage” is douleia.  This word, used four other places in the Bible, always refers to a “state of being” which was undesirable, immature, inferior, and temporary.  In fact, it is said to have already passed away in Christ!  Notice its use in these four scriptures: 

  • “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery (douleia) to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”” (Romans 8:15 ESV)

  • “…that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage (douleia) to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.” (Romans 8:21 ESV)

  • “Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery (douleia); she is Hagar.” (Galatians 4:24 ESV)

  • “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery (douleia).” (Galatians 5:1 ESV)

So, douleia is associated with death, the devil, fear, corruption, an old covenant, and a yoke of slavery!  Aren’t you glad Jesus defeated the devil and delivered us?!  

That leads me to the main issue I want to explore: who or what does “the devil” refer to?  You might be surprised, as I was at first, to learn that this term does not necessarily refer to an evil spiritual being.  The Greek word translated “devil” is diabolos, which is not a name and does not refer to a specific being.  Diabolos is an adjective, a descriptive term, literally meaning “an accuser, a slanderer.”  Anyone or anything which slanders and accuses a child of God is a/the devil!  Consider these scriptures:

  • 2 Timothy 3:2-3 ESV:  “For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous (diabolos), without self-control, brutal, not loving good…”   –Here, we clearly see Paul writing that PEOPLE will be diabolos (devils)…

  • Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers (diabolos) or slaves to much wine.”  (Titus 2:3 ESV)

  • Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers (diabolos), but sober-minded, faithful in all things. (1 Timothy 3:11 ESV)

Again, very literally, people who slander others are “devils,” and judging strictly by scripture’s use of this term, it seems women were particularly prone to being devils (kidding)!

Now, I’m not arguing for or against the idea that there is a spiritual being or force known as “the devil.”  My point is simply to show that the term “devil” in the Bible doesn’t necessarily or always refer to such a being, and, as you are probably gathering, I strongly believe Hebrews 2 is such a case where “devil” isn’t referring to an evil spiritual being.  In my next post, I hope to show why I believe this, what the “devil” refers to in this passage, and look at how he/it empowered the “fear of death” and what “life-long slavery” referred to.  I hope this has made you think!  Stay tuned.  

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3 responses to “Women Are The Devil!? (The Root of Slavery Pt. 1)

  1. danieledwardbrown

    May 14, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks brother Good Post.
    I have never had an experience with an angel so I can only assume what I can read about them from the words of the Bible. From what I read it seems that there are a lot of misconceptions about these beings amongst believers. For example they never have wings. And there is all this teaching about angelic messengers being something other than men, but there are all these statements in our Bibles where they are called a man. Look the supposed fallen angel Lucifer is called a “man” in Isaiah:

    “thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. 16They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this
    THE MAN that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms” ” Isaiah 14:13-6 KJV.

    and again Ezekiel,

    “thou art MAN, and not God, In the hand of him who is piercing thee. 10The deaths of the uncircumcised thou diest, By the hand of strangers, for I have spoken, An affirmation of the Lord Jehovah.’
    11And there is a word of Jehovah unto me, saying:12`Son of man, lift up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, And thou hast said to him: Thus said the Lord Jehovah: Thou art sealing up a measurement, Full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 13In Eden, the garden of God, thou hast been, Every precious stone thy covering, Ruby, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle, and gold, The workmanship of thy tabrets, and of thy pipes, In thee in the day of thy being produced, have been prepared. 14Thou art an anointed cherub who is covering, And I have set thee in the holy mount, God thou hast been, In the midst of stones of fire thou hast walked up and down.” EZ. 28:9-14 YLT.

    I have been teaching that lucifer is a figure who is the nature/spirit of corporate man Adam

    And even Gabriel is called a man in the Hebrew Scriptures ?

    “whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the MAN Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me” Daniel 9:21 KJV.

    Could Gabriel and Michael be other names of Jesus: the corporate head of One New Man?

     
    • firstthekingdom

      May 15, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      That’s good, brother! I agree that the common Christian understanding of angels, and especially of “Lucifer” seems very shaky. I know there are instances in which the Greek word for angel very clearly is referring to a human, a person. Is is always so? I don’t know. If we are truly seated with Christ in heavenly places, then I’m not that worried about it!

      Gabriel and Michael being other names of Jesus…I have never really considered that. I don’t know, but that’s a pretty cool thought. As I understand it, and put probably too simply, “Jesus” was the name of the man/body born of Mary, while “Christ” was the Spirit/Anointing of God upon him, in full, overflowing measure. The apostles in Acts refer to Jesus, more than once, as Jesus THE Christ. Jesus THE anointed one, and also as a man! Thanks again for the comment. Pray I can do justice to “part 2” of this post, because there are some pretty big ideas in it I think are awesome but I want to be sure are truthful, clear, and concise as they can be.

       

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