If you are able, sit outside or looking out a window. If not possible, then visualize a favorite place in nature. Tale five minutes to contemplate the created beauty, calming your thoughts, your breathing and simply being in the presence of God.
Read Ephesians 6:1-9 twice, then read beginning with Ephesians 5:15 through 6:9.
- Who is Paul addressing in the verses 6:1-9? (Take into account the longer section to answer this.)
- Identify the key words and phrases.
- Circle the verbs, noting the tenses.
- Highlight the prepositions and connecting words.
- Draw arrows between the comparisons and the contrasts.
- Lay out the relationships of commands and promises.
- Analyze the structure of the passage. Remember that Paul wrote this letter without chapters or verses. Reviewing from the last Lesson #8: Verse 21 starts with “And further”. What is Paul referring to in the previous section? In Greek the verbs are such that is it more like this: Be filled with the Spirit (vs 18) by: singing psalms. . . giving thanks. . . and submitting one to another. What can be understood from the structure that includes this passage?
- Discover the role and significance of the Lord/Christ/God in the behavior of each group that Paul is instructing.
- Discover Paul’s intention with the contrast in vs. 4.
- Unearth Paul’s intended meanings of some key verb phrases, digging into the surrrounding words and context in the passage:
- do not provoke;
- treat…in the same way.
- Summarize the attitude that Paul is promoting, whether for slave/master, wife/husband, child/parent.
- Considering this passage in light of the entire section beginning with Ephesians 5:15: What impresses you?
- How does the discipline of children relate to the marriage relationship?
- If you have children, is there any change or affirmation you may want to make based on this study?
- What are the principles in the section directed to slaves and masters that can be applied in the workplace today?