I don’t have to tell you that the subject of women and the Bible is a big deal. We hear and read of this issue almost everywhere we turn.
What can we learn?
Let’s be real. A blog of 500 words is not going to cover the subject of women in the Bible, but we can see some basic lessons by looking at the Scripture.
So, what does the Bible show us about women?
First, women played a prominent role in the ministry of Jesus.
As Jesus went from place to place preaching the good news of the kingdom, women accompanied the Twelve and the others who often traveled with Him. Luke 8:1-3 is the best example of the prominence of women in the ministry of Jesus. The Twelve were with Him but also prominent women as well. Luke named several: “Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means” (Luke 8: 2-3).
They obviously played an important part of Jesus’ earthly ministry.
Women were the first witnesses to the resurrection. This is one of the facts that proves the truthfulness of the Gospel account. In Jesus’ day, women were not looked upon as reliable witnesses. No one making up a story in that day would concoct a narrative where women were the main witnesses.
This was no coincidence. God elevated the status of women by revealing the risen Christ to women.
Second, God showed the equality of women at the very beginning. God said: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion . . . So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:26-27).
In Genesis 2, God showed the creation from an earthly and family point of view. He caused the man to sleep and created the woman out of his side.
Matthew Henry, the amazing expositor, said this 300 years ago: “The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.”
Think how different the world was 300 years ago. Henry saw what God sees and knew what God intended.
Paul put it so clearly for all of us: [In Christ], “there is neither Jew nor Greek, their is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
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