Lord's Day Liturgy

Making – or Breaking – Households

We’ve started sorting different groups in Titus 2, which, regardless of particulars, making divisions at all offends some today who want to define all their identity all by themselves. But God made male and female, and for that matter, He made young to grow old. He knows our stock strengths, He knows our typical sins.

Like men, women can be stereotyped, because they are a class, and Scripture shows us how it’s done. There are virtues naturally embodied by women, there are snares naturally tempting to women.

Women, by God’s design, make or break households and generations. Yes, God made men heads of house, God holds husbands and fathers accountable first, but that doesn’t change Eve’s power, or the power of her daughters.

Everybody feels it. Solomon had wisdom—and courage—to write these proverbs.

  • “a wife’s quarreling is a continual dripping of rain” (Proverbs 19:13)
  • “it is better to live in a corner of a housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife” (Proverbs 21:9; 25:24)
  • “it is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman” (Proverbs 21:19)

By the time we come to Proverbs 31, we see the queen mother warning and instructing her son about what will make his kingdom great. She says,

Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings. (Proverbs 31:3)

A sinful woman — through her discontent, her selfishness, her anxiety, her fault-finding, her trivial disagreements, her hammering words — destroys families, nations, even generations. Ladies, fear the Lord, and confess your sins.