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Ownership determines leadership and authority.

The King James Version (KJV) is mostly used in these lessons. Click here to access the KJV online.
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The principle here is entirely consistent with the way Yahuwah created man and woman. In scripture the husband is viewed as the “Bah’al” (Hebrew word #1166) or Owner/Master of the wife.

Proverbs 12:4- (KJV) A virtuous woman [is] a crown to her husband but she that maketh ashamed [is] as rottenness in his bones

Proverbs 12:4- (KJV) A virtuous <2428> woman <802> [is] a crown <5850> to her husband <1167>: but she that maketh ashamed <954> <8688> [is] as rottenness <7538> in his bones <6106>.

This word that is translated “husband” is the Hebrew word #1167 “Bah’al” which according to Strong’s Lexicon means “Master, hence a husband or (fig.) a owner.” In fact this word is translated “owner” 14 times in the KJV. Here is one example:

Exodus 21:28- (KJV) If an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die: then the ox shall be surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner <1167> of the ox [shall be] quit.

Here the word (Bah’al) is used when describing how a man would “own” an ox. A man is the “Master/Owner” of his wife according to the word of Yahuwah. We can dismiss this on “culture” all we want, but when Yahuwah brought the children of Israel out of Egypt (the world), He was establishing a new culture. He was establishing a culture that pleased Him. This is the will and word of Yahuwah. This is why it is so important that a woman have a righteous husband who will treat her with respect, dignity and honor! Young women, take note! Choose the husband that Yahuwah chooses for you. When a man married a virgin, he had to pay a ‘bride-price’ to her father to cover his losses. As we examined earlier, Yahushua is referred to as the “bridegroom” and the Ekklesia is called the “bride”. Yahushua bought us, men, women and children, with His life:

1 Corinthians 6:19- Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from Elohim, and you are not your own? 20 – For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify Elohim in your body and in your spirit, which are Elohim’s.

Therefore, we see that the husband is the owner of the wife just as the bride of Messiah is owned by the Messiah. These things establish the extent of a man’s authority over a woman. Our ‘modern’ society does not recognize these things and we have a mindset that we need to rid ourselves of. Our worldview and our understanding of man’s and woman’s role, must be the same as Yahuwah ordained it from the beginning.