Author Anne Hamilton has a refreshing look at what the
Bible refers to as submission. Especially of wives submitting
to their husbands.
She shares that 'nasu' the Hebrew word for marriage has a root meaning "to lift up".And is kin to a word meaning
"armour-bearer". That's a great thought as the armour-bearer was the one who stood the closest to his leader andprotected him.
Ecclesiastes 4:12, says it this way. A person
standing alone can be attacked and defeated,
but two can stand back-to-back and conquer.
Anne goes on to say:
This why marriage partners are called into submission: so they can lift each other up above the conflicts of life, carry each other when the battle is too intense and bear them safely through until the trouble is over.
Jesus is the covenant defender of those who belong to Him. So is the Holy Spirit. Marriage partners are are called into the covenant defence of each other This is the true nature of submission: covenant defence.
I highly recommend this book if you are willing to dig deeply into the historical meanings of words and phrases. It's not a book to skim through. I'm so glad I made time to read this and cannot do it justice here. It can be purchased from Even Before Publishing.
Anne is an award–winning author who is experienced in editing both non–fiction and fiction. She works part–time for United Christian Broadcasters Australia as the Australasian sub–editor of the devotionals, The Word for Today and word4U2day.
She has a background in teaching mathematics (thirty years experience), reads extensively in her areas of specialty, and researches widely into
Hebrew thought. Her specialties are: Christian fantasy, Christian
adventure/thriller, YA books, devotionals, meditative theology (as
distinct from academic theology.)