I was once in a discussion about women passing communion on Sunday morning. One brother’s “gotcha” verse (that only men can serve the Supper/pass trays) was Acts 6:1-4,
“In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews[a among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
This has nothing to do with who can pass a tray up and down the aisle. But he found a verse that talked about people serving food, who were men. He had all the proof he needed to argue that it was scripturally wrong for a woman to pass a communion tray standing, going up and down the aisle. He had no trouble when women passing seated, side to side sitting.
Others will point to 1 Tim2:12 where Paul talks about women not “having authority over” men (which is a poor translation).
I am not here to talk about who should serve communion, although that would be a good thing to discuss. I am here to talk about how we read the Bible and how what we are looking to prove has a huge impact on what we find/what we think the Bible says and means.
Here is another example of that – what is the correct scriptural name for the church? People have found several answers to that question. The problem is, in all of the examples mentioned none of the biblical authors actually meant to be naming the church in a formal, sign out on the front, kind of way.
If we want to be serious students of scripture, we must be careful to allow the scriptures to speak for themselves and not hijack them for our purposes. Sometimes, God wasn’t and still isn’t interested in giving us answers to the things we want answers for. We must have grace and patience toward one another in our understanding of these matters.
What are some other issues you believe we find answers where the Bible doesn’t give an answer?