Thank God for Women, But… (Part 5)

Click on following links for earlier articles: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

Before we continue onward, here’s something that needs to be examined: what roles should women play in modern churches?

Most of us believers can give some sort of knee jerk response; and our answers will probably mirror the teachings of the churches where we now attend.

But remember: almost 70% of Christian men do not attend churches on any given Sunday, but a large majority of Christian women do. Thus, one would think that women would attend churches where they believe that women are free to be what they are called to be in Christ Jesus. Right?

Well, do they? And what are women really called to be in the church, according to scriptures?

Looking back through the Old Testament, we’ll soon discover that the role of women under the Law was almost nil. Yes, there were a few prophetesses, such as Miriam, Deborah, Huldah, Noadiah and Isaiah’s wife; and also Deborah was the leader of Israel as a judge.

But, by and large, women were considered second class believers under the Law.

For instance, where did the women worship God in the Temple? The women worshipped God in their own court, apart from men, behind the men’s court (or Court of Israel) and many steps below the men’s court.

In other words, the male believers were ahead of the women and above the women when the people worshipped God. Thus, you can easily understand how men were thought to be closer to God under the Law than women.

Can you name all of the women priests mentioned in the Old Testament? There were none, as in zero, nada,  zilch. Under the Law, only men from the Tribe of Levi were allowed to be priests and work in the Temple.

What was the sign given by the Lord for the Old covenant? Circumcision. And of course, women were forever excluded from this important covenant truth.

And at the time of Jesus, how many women were members of the Pharisees? Once again, none! The Pharisees were estimated at being 6,000 male members strong with no women in the movement. In fact, the Pharisees felt it was the women who caused many of the sin problems for men, such as lust, fornication and adultery.

So, when Jesus eventually went into full-time ministry and preached His gospel of the kingdom of God, what group was the happiest people in Israel to hear Him speak? WOMEN! They rushed to hear Him.

Why?

(Continued in Part 6)

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15 responses to “Thank God for Women, But… (Part 5)

  1. I suppose you’ll get to this, but surely women were excluded from various posts because society is and always has been unredeemed–so this is and has been reflected in the practice of unredeemed people under the law.

    Nor can we overlook the curse of Genesis which explains our unredeemed society. The curse isolates people, and one could argue about which gender suffers the most. Men have, throughout history, been cursed to feel the burden of being forever strong and about the business of supporting others while in a state of isolation–unable to share meaningfully with a woman who doesn’t understand the weight. Perhaps this isolation has driven men to despair–just as the isolation of women has driven them to despair.

    And another thought–I know quite a few women who insist men are the leaders–but who then systematically do what they can to manipulate for their agenda. And when they get what they want, they don’t have to share responsibility for problems or even failure–because men made the decision. It’s insidious.

    I say this as a woman who has felt rejected when I think I responded to the call of leadership. But here’s the rub–rejection came from other women as much or more than men. Of course, perhaps I was rejected because I was in error. I’ve certainly not been without pain or anger.

    What would we–or I–do without Jesus? And that’s not a rhetorical question. I can offer no coherent doctrine(s) on the subject. Just stray thoughts. I’m looking forward to hearing from you, because the subject of women in the church touches a nerve for sure. I only know God is bigger that my sin and pain. And He’s bigger than the sin of the church. Jesus welcomes me.

    No wonder the women of His day–and the men of His day–loved Him so.

  2. Solveig,

    As a man, I’ve not had to struggle against the gender inequity that most women have had to fight against, especially the women in the Midwest and the South. Why these two areas? Conservative and slow to change churches.

    So, thanks for your insights.

  3. I’m really thankful for this. I’m sure it’s going to help me understand some things! 🙂

  4. Debbie,

    I hope so. Nothing would make Jesus happier than seeing every woman, walking in their callings with the freedom meant for them.

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