–by RusselL korets
Far too often, I hear men use the “Bible” and the “role of men” argument to stay completely out of the kitchen and never help their wife with cooking or simply washing the dishes after themselves. The problem with this argument is that, though there are male and female roles in the family, the Bible does not automatically assign the kitchen and cooking duties to females. Such traditions and beliefs are only cultural, without Biblical support. Yes, the men are called to provide for their home, which does mean that they will be out of the house more and working, and will have less opportunities to prepare lunch for their family and children. And, the Bible does call women to “work at home” – Titus 2:5, or be “homeward oriented.” Proverbs 31:15 also says that a wise woman “rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household.”
Women are busier than men
But the idea that when a man comes home from work, he is to slump on a chair and never put his foot in the kitchen is not Biblical. Such a notion assumes that a woman has nothing to do at home, except prepare food and wait for the husband to come in. In reality, women who are stay-at-home moms and carry a responsibility to raise and teach their children are often busier than men at work. Cooking and preparing food cannot be only expected of the women. More importantly, throughout the Bible, we see many examples of great men of God cooking and preparing meals.
Here are just some examples:
Abraham: Genesis 18:7-8. Isaac: Genesis 26:30. Jacob: Genesis 25:29; 34. Esau: Genesis 27:31. Jesus: John 21:13. Jesus: Luke 22:19. The Disciples of Jesus: Matthew 26:17-19. The Disciples of Jesus: Matthew 14:16. In Jesus’ parables: Luke 14:16. Deacons serving tables: Acts 6:1-7. Heavenly Father Himself: Matthew 6:26. God is preparing a feast now: Isaiah 25:6-8, “On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.”
The kitchen is not only for females!
Many of the heroes of faith, the Godly men of the Bible, were shepherds and herdsmen, e.g. Abel, Job, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Jacob’s 12 sons, David, etc, and they had many livestock. Some of Jesus’ disciples were fishermen by profession. If such males in the Bible, as well as Jesus and the Father are preparing meals, then no man should be ashamed to cook meals for their family! The kitchen is not a place only for females.
RusselL korets is a pastor at City On A Hill Church in Seattle, USA. You can follow his blog here: russellkorets.com
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