Bible study 1 Corinthians, chapter 14.
I've already read the entire bible, I don't need to read it yet again.
22-25 stood out to me. We have gifts that we may stand out and so that others can see God through us, clearly. When we do things we couldn't do without God, it's hard to question His existence and presence.
Once again here to read
Prophecy and Tongues
Pursue love and be eager for the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For the one speaking in a tongue does not speak to people but to God, for no one understands; he is speaking mysteries by the Spirit. But
the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouragement, and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds himself up, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. I wish you all spoke in tongues, but even more
that you would prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets so that the church may be strengthened.
Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I help
you unless I speak to you with a revelation or with knowledge or prophecy or teaching? It is similar for lifeless things that make a sound, like a flute or harp. Unless they make a distinction in the notes, how can what is played on the
flute or harp be understood? If, for example, the trumpet makes an unclear sound, who will get ready for battle? It is the same for you. If you do not speak clearly with your tongue, how will anyone know what is being said? For you will be
speaking into the air. There are probably many kinds of languages in the world, and none is without meaning. If then I do not know the meaning of a language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me. It is the same
with you. Since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, seek to abound in order to strengthen the church.
So then, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret. If I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my
mind is unproductive. What should I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind. I will sing praises with my spirit, but I will also sing praises with my mind. Otherwise, if you are praising God with your spirit, how can
someone without the gift say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying? For you are certainly giving thanks well, but the other person is not strengthened. I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of
you, but in the church I want to speak five words with my mind to instruct others, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.
Brothers and sisters, do not be children in your thinking. Instead, be infants in evil, but in your thinking be
mature. It is written in the law: “ By people with strange tongues and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people , yet not even in this way will they listen to me ,” says the Lord. So then, tongues are a sign not for believers but for
unbelievers. Prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers. So if the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and unbelievers or uninformed people enter, will they not say that you have lost your minds? But if all
prophesy, and an unbeliever or uninformed person enters, he will be convicted by all, he will be called to account by all. The secrets of his heart are disclosed, and in this way he will fall down with his face to the ground and worship God,
declaring, “God is really among you.”
What should you do then, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each one has a song, has a lesson, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all these things be done
for the strengthening of the church. If someone speaks in a tongue, it should be two, or at the most three, one after the other, and someone must interpret. But if there is no interpreter, he should be silent in the church. Let him speak to
himself and to God. Two or three prophets should speak and the others should evaluate what is said. And if someone sitting down receives a revelation, the person who is speaking should conclude. For you can all prophesy one after another,
so all can learn and be encouraged. Indeed, the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets, for God is not characterized by disorder but by peace. As in all the churches of the saints, the women should be silent in the churches,
for they are not permitted to speak. Rather, let them be in submission, as in fact the law says. If they want to find out about something, they should ask their husbands at home, because it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in
church. Did the word of God begin with you, or did it come to you alone?
If anyone considers himself a prophet or spiritual person, he should acknowledge that what I write to you is the Lord’s command. If someone does
not recognize this, he is not recognized. So then, brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid anyone from speaking in tongues. And do everything in a decent and orderly manner.
I'm wondering why, when Jesus always was an advocate for equal rights, that Paul tells us that women shouldn't talk during church. Seems a little backward to me.
There is not inequality in the context. We must remember who the Corinthian church was written to and the context of the chapter. Paul writes specifically to battle the misuse of tongues. Two birds on stone the women may have been gossiping or
Paul may also have been writing, looking at the Greek, saying do not have unintelligent speech or gossip or such. I would not jump right to inequality, especially with the word Hypotassō for the word submission
Another theory I've heard is that there were women that were disrupting the services, so Paul directs them to be quiet during the service (as we do when anyone is disruptive) and ask questions later in a better environment so that all could learn.
This really also fits completely with Paul's teaching on headship/head coverings several chapters back. We're conditioned by modern feminism to bristle at this, but Biblically, leadership is male.
That's also possible. We're not really given indication as to what he is addressing in the verse, but all of these are possibilities.
I am studying the Scarlet Letter, so unfortunately I have not read the Chapter lately.