June 18, 2010

Let All Things Be Done Decently And In Order

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The phrase “decently and in order” is found in only one place in the Bible: 1 Corinthians 14:40.  Corinthians was written because the people of Corinth were, by all appearances, quite a wild lot.      

This chapter starts out explaining the difference between speaking in unknown tongues, and prophesying.  Paul stated that he wished that all spoke in tongues  meaning that it is a possibility and explained the benefits of doing so.  He goes on to give very explicit instructions concerning the two.  I will get more into that later.    

In verse 34 of this same chapter, Paul wrote for women to keep silence in the church.  The only time I have heard this Scripture used is almost exclusively when someone is standing against women preaching.  This has to be the one of the most taken-out-of-context Scriptures I believe I have heard.  (Second only to 1 Corinthians 13:8, if not equal to it.)  This was written, I have heard numerous times, because the women sat in the balcony while the men sat below on the main floor.  If a woman did not understand what was said, she might well just yell and ask her husband what was meant.  This is why Paul also wrote in verse 35, “And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”        

Now, if it is literally true for women to be silent in the Church, not only would it be wrong for women to preach, but all the women need to come down out of the choir.  They also must stop teaching the children in Sunday School and keeping the nursery.  This is either literally true, or misunderstood.  You simply can not have it both ways!  

He goes on to give explicit instructions on the giving out of a message (a Word from God, given to one person but for another or the Church, and coming out in tongues) and the interpreting of same, as well as on prophesying.       

The next to the last verse in the chapter is, “Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.” 1 Corinthians 14:39.  So much for the gift of tongues not existing now.  If they stopped in chapter 13, why would he talk about them in such detail and give such explicit details on the use of the gift in chapter 14?  That just doesn’t make sense!  And why are there so many millions of people still speaking and praying in tongues today, and all to the glory of God?  Hmmm!  (Yes, 1 Corinthians 13:8 does state, “whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away“, but if you read on you will see that verse 10 – 12 tell us that “when that which is Perfect (Jesus) is come (the rapture because it also talks about “then face to face)” we will no longer need the gifts of the Spirit.  Until He does return, however, they will continue to function on the Earth through Spirit filled believers.      

Finally, we get to the last verse, verse 40, “Let all things be done decently and in order.”  Let’s look at exactly what those words meant when they were written according to Strong’s Greek Dictionary. The result is really quite interesting.       

The word “decently” actually means that something is to be done honestly[1],to be well done[2], that the fashion[3] in which it is done is actually to echo[4]:to hold in contiguity or to hold in contact with along one side[5].  Pretty much sounds like our definition of echo, doesn’t it?  What are our church services to echo?  Jesus told us this in Matthew 6:10:      

Thy kingdom come. (Which means[6])Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.      

The Bible tells us exactly how everything on earth is to be done:  As led by the Holy Spirit of God.  There are some things that  the Bible gives us explicit directions on how to do, such as tithing and giving.  Few want to acknowledge it, but the Bible also gives us explicit directions on how to praise; even in Church services.  Psalms 149 and 150 make this extremely plain.      

The word translated “praise” in 149:9 and  every instance in chapter 150 is actually the Hebrew word Halal (Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary entry 1984).  Here is the definition of Halal:         

A primitive root; to be clear (originally of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence to make a show; to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively to celebrate; also to stultify: – (make) boast (self), celebrate, commend, (deal, make), fool (-ish, -ly), glory, give [light], be (make, feign self) mad (against), give in marriage, [sing, be worthy of] praise, rage, renowned, shine.

In other words, to pretty much, and often to literally, make a fool of yourself through praise.  The rewards are instant and absolutely out of this world.  This is done through dancing, shouting, singing in a loud voice, jumping, twirling, and so forth.  Notice that this is done when giving in marriage.  I don’t know about you, but I am His bride!  And I intend to act like it.  Just like the Bible says to.      

Isaiah 6:3 & 4 says that this is what goes on around the Throne of God, “And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.”  This is how the seraphim praise in Heaven.      

What happens during the praise service at your Church?  Is it Biblically decent?  Does the congregation’s praise make your door posts rattle?  And He did not die for the seraphim, but do they out praise you?  They don’t this old gal!    

Now for the second part: “order”.    

This simply means to have a regular arrangement or order, have a fixed succession[7] and to arrange in an orderly manner[8]

  To have someone getting into radical praise as the altar call starts is more than likely not in order, but at the appropriate time and place (during the praise service)…    

Let the door posts rock and roll!     


[1] Strong’s Greek Dictionary entry #2156        

[2]  Strong’s Greek Dictionary entry #2095 

[3] Strong’s Greek Dictionary entry #4976  

[4] Strong’s Greek Dictionary entry #2192  
[5] Encarta Dictionary: English (North America) online
[6] Added by me, but this is what it means.

[7] Strong’s Greek Dictionary entry #5010    

[8] Strong’s Greek Dictionary entry #5021    

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