There’s an interesting situation in this morning’s passage that I won’t be discussing during the sermon, but I’ve always found it particularly fascinating and as a result I would like to share some of my thoughts about it with you…
Right in the middle of Jesus’ trial, Pilate’s wife sends for him and says, “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him” (Mat 27:19). Everyone knows Pilate; he goes down in history as one of, if not, the most tragic figures ever (with Judas). While I can’t say for sure what’s happening, it looks like God was mercifully trying to warn him through his wife. In Genesis 2:18 God said, “I will make him a helper comparable to him.” This verse means men need help and Pilate is the best example in Scripture of a man who should’ve used his wife’s help.
If you’ve been in our church for very long, you’ve heard me talk about the ways Katie helps me: I go over my sermons with her, she’s the one who initially found WCC and said, “There’s this great church looking for a pastor!” After every Bible study or church event I ask her how she feels like it went. We regularly discuss our family, the church…just about everything. Sometimes I think submission is criticized because those who misunderstand it think it means a husband doesn’t listen to his wife. While there definitely are examples of men who listened to their wives when they shouldn’t have (Adam/Eve – Gen 3:17 Because you have heeded the voice of your wife and Ahab/Jezebel – 1 Kin 21:25 There was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do evil, because his wife stirred him up), husbands should see their wives as the most common avenue, second only to the Bible and the Holy Spirit, that God uses to help us. Many times the guy who silences his wife’s voice in his life silences the Lord’s voice in his life.
I’ve noticed that many times women have a sensitivity to spiritual issues that men lack. Perhaps that explains God’s assessment in creation: everything had been “good” (Gen 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25) until 2:18 when the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone. The husband and wife becoming one flesh (2:24) seems to bring the completion or perfection God wanted.
This Sunday’s sermon, Matthew 27:15-26 A Disastrous Choice, can be found here.