From The Tent Door
For many years my husband, Pastor D. A. Waite, Th.D., Ph.D., edited the Bible
For Today Newsreport. It was a monthly periodical where he spoke of current
events, ecclesiastical problems, as well as Scriptural exegeses.
It was in this BFT Newsreport that Pastor Waite began to instruct his readers
about the Textual issues which underlie the KING JAMES BIBLE and Bibles
in other languages also based on the Masorretic Hebrew and Aramaic Text
for the Old Testament, and the Textus Receptus Greek Text for the New Testament.
For many years, it was in this Newsreport that I had the opportunity to pen my
own articles. That page in the BFT Newsreport was entitled "From the Tent Door."
Many of you were readers of the column. The phrase, "From the Tent Door," was
taken from Genesis 18:9-10 where Abraham declared, when asked by his holy
guests, "Where is Sarah thy wife?" His immediate and knowing answer was,
"Behold, in the tent."
It was behind that "tent door" that Sarah heard the startling news that she, as
a woman past child-bearing age, was to become a mother. It is my personal
conviction that Abraham seated his guests in such a way that his wife could
watch and listen to their conversation. He knew she would be in the tent, her
home. He knew she would be listening. He knew she would want to know all that
was being said.
It is my conviction that a married woman's place of greatest service for the
Lord is in her home--a place where her husband knows she will be safe and
satisfied. A wife's "tent" or home should be a place of caring for herself, her
husband, her chlldren, and tending to the matters of her household. A wife
should not consider herself a prisoner in her own home for it is from that home
that a wife can reach out for other activities in her life, in her church, and
in service to others.
There is an order given by God in the Scriptures. There is one formula for all
marriages. To put it simply, it is the following: It is up to the husband to make
his wife feel like his queen (Ephesians 5:23, 25), to love her for she is the
feminine, weaker partner in the marriage (I Peter 3:7); and it is up to the wife
to love him and submit to him as her head (Ephesians 5:22-23). Sarah learned
this attitude as our example in this matter (I Peter 3:6). We should always
remember that marriage is patterned after the Lord Jesus Christ and His Bride,
the Church (Ephesians 5:24).
I'M UNDER GOD'S CARE, are you (I Peter 5:6-11)?
Your caring friend,
Yvonne S. Waite (Mrs. D.A.)