Women and the Bible
In Defense of the Faith
Thursday, July 14, 2016
God has done some wonderful things for mankind throughout history, the greatest of which was Jesus the Christ. That gift made getting to heaven a real possibility.
Man could get to heaven it was believed as long as he followed every single rule in the Law of Moses. No one did as far as is known, though some did better than others. Like today. Some present day Jews follow the Law more closely than others; some Christians follow the rules we selected plus the Ten Commandments more closely than others; and there are not nearly as many. Jesus gave mankind a way out that was possible. Believe he was who he said, the Messiah.
Another of God’s great gifts to mankind is woman.
I’m not sure how long Adam walked the gardens of paradise before he became depressingly lonely. I think the intention might have been for Adam to live in the Garden of Eden forever, with no death. There was abundant food, fruit trees everywhere, moderate climate, life was good. But lonely.
The Bible does not say that God created a little boy, but that He created man. It is unclear how long Adam lived before God created Eve, but it was after Adam had given names to all the animals. He would have had no one to talk to though he did apparently talk with God.
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[g] and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[h] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. Genesis 2:18-22 NIV
There is one thing certain: We would not be here if God had created only Adam or Adam and Steve. It was a woman who was needed to propagate the species. It was a woman that man was to marry.
There are many women mentioned throughout the Bible, even some prophetesses. Fewer in number than the male prophets, the women prophets did not get a book in the Bible after their name.
The only difference between a prophetess and a prophet is their sex. They both speak directly for God; and they speak in the first person, as though they were actually God. The gift of prophecy was a rare gift in the Jewish and Christian faiths. God was very selective. Islam is a different matter with the number of Islamic prophets ranging from 124,000 to 240,000. Judaism lists 7 female prophets and 46 male, and Christianity lists 6-10 female and 54 male.
Miriam was a prophetess about 3,550 years ago.
I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam. Micah 6:4 NIV
Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron, is the sister who placed Moses in the reeds and then watched to see what happened. When she saw that the Egyptian princess had discovered the child in the basket, she heard the princess say that the baby must be one of the Hebrew children. Then Miriam approached the princess and asked if she might find a Hebrew woman to nurse the baby, which she did. She introduced her mother to the princess and then her mother nursed Moses until he was adopted by the princess.
When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and horsemen went into the sea, the Lord brought the waters of the sea back over them, but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground. Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing. Exodus 15:19-21 NIV
Deborah was a prophetess about 3,400 years ago and married to Lappidoth. She was also the 4th Judge of Israel and most respected of all the Judges.
Israel at the time, as their history has repeated itself so often, was down and out. Things get good; Israel forgets God and starts following other gods. God gets angry, lets another country overtake and occupy their land, become as slaves, begin to apologize to God, God forgives and the cycle begins all over.
Deborah came along at such a time. She personally led Israel to war against the oppressors, defeated them handily and brought Israel forty years of peace.
Huldah, the wife of Shallum, was a prophetess and contemporary of Jeremiah’s about 2,600 years ago. When a Book of the Law was discovered during the renovation of Solomon’s Temple, the leaders sent men to Huldah to tell them what God thought about the find.
Huldah prophesied against Israel because they had once again drifted toward the abyss, never learning from history, and they were once again defeated.
Anna the prophetess lived as an old woman when Jesus was born. After seeing Jesus as a baby, she began to prophesy about him to anyone who would listen.
There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. Luke 2:36-38 NIV
According to Isaiah, his wife was a prophetess:
Then I made love to the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. And the Lord said to me, “Name him Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz. Isaiah 8:3 NIV
Then there is Mary who bore the Christ child. What an honor it was to be chosen by God to bring the Savior into the world. A virgin with a lot of explaining to do to her future husband. With the help of a dream, Joseph became convinced of the truth. I am not sure how a woman could ever be more important than Mary.
Mary was humble, she did not go around bragging about the child she bore, though she knew.
God had great respect for most women, except the Jezebels of the world.
Sometimes I hear, “The Bible is a book written by men, for men.” That’s just not true.
Hug your wife, kiss your daughter, your aunt and your grandmother. They are special. They are a gift.
About J.L. Robb
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