“the husband is the head [kephale] of the wife as Christ is the head of the church”.
The archon of the army was the general, the kephale of the army was the group of soldiers on point, in the most exposed position to bear the brunt of battle. Alex the Great was Great not only because he won battles but was both the archon and in the kephale of the army, which was not very common. (Don Johnson)
the kephale was a small raiding party and the word is used in the LXX in the first chapter of Job. Since, in Greek, kephale had a technical meaning in the army of small mobile unit, (Sue)
I like the word picture (HT: Don Johnson and Sue).
He’s in the most exposed position to bear the brunt of the battle. They are a team, a small mobile unit, a raiding party. Its lovely imagery of a married couple being soldiers together for Christ….
On the debate at that blog, I am afraid for the future of the church with young seminarians being thus discipled I am afraid for their wives I am afraid for their sheep
But that imagery, of Christ as the head of the church, going before and protecting His bride applies there. And Gamaliel’s advice comes to mind “for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God.” GOD’s WILL will prevail. There will be no stopping GOD’s WILL.
ETA: More insight from Don clarifying kephale
The kephale of an army was the forward position that took the most hits, so I think it is a possible valid interpretation for the husband to act in this way. Kind of like a bumper on a car, the first part of a car.