"…As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church." —1 Corinthians 14:33–35
Frequently these verses are cited when there is discussion about the role of women in the church. They are told to be quiet and to discuss the topics from the meeting of the church at another time. While I believe this is the primary goal of the passage and the main point being addressed, this passage also brings to light a very important duty which ought to be the prerogative of every husband.
The latter part of the passage states, "If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home." Here we are told that the husband's duty is to instruct his wife in biblical knowledge.This is also attested to by the Apostle when he said "cleanse… her by the washing of water with the word" (Eph 5:26).
The husband's responsibility to teach his wife anything she desires to learn is predicated upon him having a working knowledge of the totality of the Scriptures. The apostle Paul is expecting the husbands to be able to teach their wives, and assumes that they have the biblical understanding necessary to do so.
Every man's delight ought to be in the study of the Law of God. The study of the Scriptures should bring joy to the soul of a man, and inculcating the precepts found therein, to the heart and mind of another, should be a source of great happiness.
Sadly, too few Christian men these days have the capacity of knowledge to teach their wives even the basic tenants of the Christian faith. They are content to let the pastor do that. They are content to continue in their biblical illiteracy; spending a paltry amount of time each day (if any at all) reading the Scriptures, yet content to indulge in the vices and pleasures of the world for hours on end. They do this, not only to their own shame and condemnation, but also those under their jurisdictions.
Our Lord Jesus Christ has sent us into the world to proclaim his Gospel of Truth. How can we obey our commission if we are not diligently studying the Word of God and meditating on it day and night? Men need to return to obeying the commands of Christ—but first they must learn what they are. We must strive to know the counsel of the Lord and what our duties are as subjects of His Kingdom. We are called to lay aside every sin which besets us and to persevere in our commission and our duties.
By the grace of God, I am resolved to do this—"to present [myself] to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth" (2 Tim 2:15). May the Lord stand by me and strengthen me in this course. I pray that He may do so for all men in Christendom.