What Is A Homemaker?
Homemaking today looks different than it did 2000 years ago. It also looks different in industrialized nations compared to third world countries. Today we sew our own clothes for something creative to do, back then it was done out of necessity. Now we grind grain and make our own bread for fun, while tribal women today grind grain and make their own bread for life.
So while my own views may present a picture of a middle class homemaker in America today, my beliefs are founded on the Word of God. What His Word says, along with my personal experience in modern day America goes hand in hand to shape my viewpoint of homemaking and the Biblical homemaker.
I always want to build my beliefs on the Word of God. His Word is timeless – stretching across generations and cultures. It is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for:
…for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16
What follows will be a study of what the Bible says of women’s roles and what we today call homemakers. This is to, again, give you a one-stop place to learn what I believe about it all and to be a record of my studying.
What the Bible Says About Homemakers
Titus 2:5 admonishes young wives to be “keepers at home.” (KJV) The word for that phrase is oikouros and comes from 2 Greek words:
- Oikos – a dwelling, house, home
- Ouros – a guard, or be “ware”
Bible dictionaries define this oikouros as a “stayer at home,” “workers at home,” or a “keeper at home.
Another words that uses ouros as a suffix is kepouros.
- kepos – garden
- ouros – in this context is watcher or warden
Simply put, kepouros is a gardener.
The last word I found using ouros as a suffix is: Thuroros. Thuroros is the watcher or keeper of a door or gate. Defined as doorkeeper, one that kept the door.
So… if thuroros is a doorkeeper, (or one who guards an entrance, closing and opening doors at certain times), and kepouros is a gardener, (one who is the keepr of a garden), then understandably, oikouros (home + guard/keeper) is a home keeper, or one who guards and keeps a home. This would seem to indicate full time service.
I also found another Greek word used for “keeper at home” in Titus 2:5; oikourgos. This word seems even more restrictive – oikos, again is home. Ergon is to work. This is a worker at home.
Whether oikouros or oikourgos, the two indicate a person (in Titus 2 this is a woman) who spends the better part of her days in her home. This word indicates action as well.
The “keeper at home” is one who actively watches over the affairs of her household, prepares meals, keeps her home tidy and is generally responsible for the upkeep and management of her home. An oikouros is a woman in the heart of her home, diligently managing her children and home. What a beautiful picture!
NOTE: This post (and blog) is written with the Christian homemaker in mind. If you are not a Christian, or are employed for selfish reasons, much of what I write will be an offense to you.
If however, you are a Christian wife/mother who works outside the home because your husband has given you no other choice or by another necessity, yet your heart longs for home, please know I am praying for you. Sometimes things go differently than we had hoped. You may enjoy this post, When a Christian Woman Follows Worldly Advice. There is a section for women who feel stuck in their job, yet want to be home.
God’s Word gives us what we need to live an abundant life here on His earth. If we could strip away our deeply imbedded beliefs about what a Christian wife should do with her time, and look just at the Word of God as a whole, we would see His design and provision for her as a woman in the heart of her home. It’s weaved so clearly throughout the Bible, it’s dangerous to attempt to explain it away for the reason of our own opinion, our own desires or our own circumstances.
Women (wives) professing Godliness are to behave in a certain way. This includes how we spend our days. Look into His Word, learn what the LORD says, and follow His lead. If you have a husband that won’t allow you to stay home, check out: When your husband doesn’t want you to quit working.