Tuesday, June 27, 2023

God's Heart for Women

 By: Rebekah Hargraves

Photo Courtesy Of: Priscilla Du Preez

Jesus said to her, “Mary.” Turning around, she said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!”—which means “Teacher.” “Don’t cling to me,” Jesus told her, “since I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them that I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them what he had said to her." ~John 20:16-18

Liz Curtis Higgs once wrote, "God placed Himself in a woman's care when He came to earth, then entrusted a woman to announce His resurrection when He came back to life."

There’s something I want you to know, friend, and it is this: the Lord and His Word have never once been misogynistic. That term applies well, unfortunately, to some Bible teachers out there who have incorrectly interpreted and twisted the Word. But it does not apply to the Word itself.

Women are described as image bearers of God just as men are.

Women were called to be fruitful, multiply, subdue, and have dominion just as men were.

God gave women property rights in the Old Testament, long before feminism ever came on the scene.

One of the first evangelists was a woman - the woman at the well.

The first one to proclaim the good news of the resurrection was a woman.

According to Luke, women were the primary ones who financially provided for Jesus and His ministry.

I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. God’s heart is towards women just as much as it is towards men.

Men and women were never meant to compete with each other or fight against each other for notoriety, leadership, rights, or prestige. They were always meant to work together as partners and mutual supporters in their God-given mission to advance the Kingdom and live as Christ’s ambassadors.

God has never been anti-woman. And that is a beautiful thing!

Reflection Questions:

1) Have you ever been wrongly told that the Bible and/or God are patriarchal? 

2) What is God's actual view of women, according to Scripture?

3) How is God's truth and His heart for women so much better than what secular feminism has to offer us?

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