Tit 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becomes holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
Tit 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
Tit 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
To understand this command we need to go back through history and find out what a “Keeper” is.
This word is used as far back in the Bible as Abel and Cain. Abel was a keeper of livestock. Cain is noted as a worker of the field. It is interesting to me how the animals needed a keeper but the land needed a worker. It denotes a difference to me between a keeper and a worker. Not a downgrade but a difference.
The word keeper is used 21 times in the Bible. God himself says he is a keeper. The word keepers is used also 21 times. So this raises the question, what is a keeper? Obviously a keeper is a person of some importance; because they follow in a job God has himself.
: a person whose job is to guard or take care of something or someone
: something or someone that is worth keeping: something or someone that is good, valuable, etc.
So according to Webster a keeper is a guard, a protector. Further the synonyms for keeper are listed.
custodian, guardian, guard, lookout, minder, picket, sentinel, sentry, warden, warder, watch, watcher, watchman
observer, patrol, spotter, surveillant, watchdog; bodyguard, convoy, defender, escort, honor guard; gatekeeper;
Wow, this doesn’t sound as simple as modern people make it seem. Most now think of stay at home wives and mothers as simple servants. There to cook and clean and wipe noses. From God’s word we learn that while it is that, it is so much more!
A wife and mother is a defensive position. There to defend and protect the family from the world’s influence. If the wife and mother fail, the family will fall into the muck and mire of the world.
Does this mean a wife and mother cannot have a career? NO! In fact it means if there is a choice between dependence on handouts from the world and a job, they should get the job.
: a person who does a particular job to earn money
: a person who is actively involved in a particular activity
: a person whose job does not involve managing other people
Hmmm how does the world see stay at home wives and moms? How often are we equated with slaves, doormats and so on? God’s purpose for us is so much higher! We are workers yes but so much more than that!
The word worker appears 1 time in the King James Bible. Denoting a man who King Solomon chose to work on the brass for the temple.
I got an eyeful in looking up the word workers in the Bible. It is mentions 27 times. Most of those in company with the words “of iniquity”.
While I don’t generally prefer the KJV over any other Bible, in this case I do. For one I believe that since they spoke Latin and I believe that was the first “foreign” language into which the Bible was translated they have a closer connect with it. Two, well God would not place someone associated with iniquity in a place of honor and importance. However, I also believe God is as strong and able to protect his word today as he was when the Apostles were preaching.
Home keeping is not supposed to be a prison sentence. We have important work to do and while some of us may have more added on, like a career, we cannot shirk our duties as home keepers. Even though some of us may have servants to help, a nanny or a cook or whatever as a keeper, we are to be on top and managing what they do. Just as the P31 lady did in her home.
Modern Bible teachers say she was a composite of several women and not just one. I disagree. Our fore mothers did all she did out on the open prairie. Many raised things and made things and sold or bartered them for things they needed. All while cooking, cleaning, teaching (home school was big out on the prairie, as I think it should be today) gardening, weaving, knitting sewing, you get the idea and taking care of their husbands.
So what makes us so vastly inferior today? Well I would venture many of us spend less time in the word and on our knees than our fore mothers did. Today we spend more time in the world than in the word. EVEN the stay at home ladies. They have clubs and meetings and errands galore. Moms are busy taking kids to this or that.
I wonder, if all those activates were some form of Bible school, would we be rushing so hard to get to them? Back then the big source for entertainment was the church. There were hymn sings and potlucks and so forth. Today we have bands to entertain us during worship service. Back then people lived their Faith. Today it seems to be put on a shelf and dusted off weekly, or less often.
That is why folks try to minimize the role of the keeper at home, the guardian of the family, not the door mat and drudge.
Wives and mothers need to be beacons of hope, teaching God’s word, strengthening their families bond with the Lord. Not slaving and taking orders.
I invite you to go through and study on your own the biblical difference between a keeper and a worker. Read all 80+ verses on the words keeper, worker, keepers and workers. Pray and ask God to show you how to become a keeper of your home. Trust me, when we stand up and retake our rightful place, we will see a change. In our hearts, in our homes, in our nation.