Let your women keep silence in the churches. 1 Cor. 14.34a
Recently, one of my Japanese blog readers asked me, "how come you accept 1 Cor 14.34 and obey it's command? I cannot! Besides, it is said that this verse was inserted by somebody else in the later century."
Well, I don't write down the contents of our discussion regarding the validity of 1 Cor 14.34 here. Instead, as a former female preacher, I'd like to testify to you how this particular command of silence in the Bible has brought me blessings and recovery.
The writer of the Ecclesiastes said, "(there is) a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Eccl.3:7 b).
By obeying the word of God, our Father grant us amazing inner joy and fulfillment which the world can never imagine.
Ladies, when we enter the gate of 1 Cor 14.34 with trustful and humble heart, we will be guided to the world of beauty sooner or later. This is the world where pious sisters are being nourished spiritually, silently adoring her Bridegroom.
Silence, deep as time eternal, Broods around the throne divine,
Where in loving, blissful union, Father,Son and Spirit shine.
Then the heav'nly Sanctus thunders, As Thy prostrate hosts adore,
Cast their crowns before Thine altar, Praising Thee for evermore.
In Japan, there is a distinct sense of beauty called, Yohaku no bi. It originated in the medieval Japanese aesthetic principle described as the "beauty of the remaining white". Yohaku designated the white space, the unfilled space or margin, which bears a aesthetic significance for the overall impression of a scene in the calligraphy work, room, image etc.
For me, sister's silence in the churches wonderfully reflects Yohaku no bi in a spiritual sense.
O that we all taste the blessedness of biblical silence and its wonderful effects upon our souls. In Jesus' name, Amen.