This blog post is not a teaching, but a question. Feel free to comment if you have an idea what the answer is.
“Eph. 5:21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
22 Wives, (submit yourselves) to your own husbands as to the Lord.”
All believers should submit (mutually) to one another (which proves that submission is not about being lower in an authority hierarchy). And wives should do it (submit? submit mutually) to their own husbands.
I wonder if Paul could have meant:
I want all believers to submit (yield, be loyal, work along with) to one another. And wives, do not get so caught up into submitting to the people at church – so busy with church work, so enthusiastic about learning at church, so likely to follow what the church teachers say – that you forget that your own husband is also someone you should (mutually) submit to. Don’t get so focused on the needs/ ideas of everyone at church that you forget him. Your husband is your provider (source), the church leaders are not.
From knowing some 21st century (and previously late 20th century) church ladies, that sounds like a sensible thing that a few women in church needs to hear. And church in that society could have been even more exciting for women: It may have been the first time most of these women were taught, and the first time they – if not slave owners – would experience that men have to mutually submit to them.
But would it be anachronistic to see that as a possible message Paul could have given to women in that age?