I loved what Sharon Jaynes wrote today and wanted to share a piece of it.....
"✔️As I studied, I was struck by Jesus’ radical relationship with the women whose lives intersected with his during those thirty-three years he walked on this earth.
✔️He crossed man-made social, political, racial, and gender boundaries and addressed women with the respect due to co-image bearers of God.
✔️The God-made-man broke the man-made rules to set women free. Every time Jesus encountered a woman, he broke one of the societal rules of his day.
✔️Women were created as co-image bearers of God.
But between the Garden of Eden and the Garden of Gethsemane, a lot changed. By the time Jesus made his first cry in Bethlehem, women lived in the shadows.
If a woman committed adultery, her husband could kill her because she was his property.
Women were not allowed to speak to men in public. If she did, it was assumed she was having a relationship with the man and grounds for divorce.
A Rabbi did not speak to his own wife or daughter in public.
Rabbis woke each morning and said a little prayer: “Thank God I am neither a Gentile, woman nor slave.” How would you like that for a “Good morning, dear?”
Women were not allowed to:
testify in court, as they were seen as unreliable witnesses.
mingle with men in social gatherings.
eat with men at a social gatherings.
be educated in the Torah with the men.
sit under a Rabbi’s teaching.
worship with men.
They were relegated to a lower level in Herod’s temple and behind a partition in local synagogues.
Women were not counted as people. (aka. The feeding of the 5,000 men)
Women were divorced on a whim. If she didn’t satisfy him or burnt the bread, her husband would write her a letter of divorce.
Women were considered the dregs of society and inferior in every way.
✔️BUT JESUS CAME TO CHANGE ALL THAT!
✔️He didn’t speak out about the injustice; He simply went about His ministry ignoring the social rules.
✔️He taught in places where women would be present: on a hillside, along the streets, in the marketplace, by a river, beside a well, and in the women’s area of the temple.
✔️His longest recorded conversation in the entire New Testament was with a woman. And as we saw through the lives of several of the New Testament’s leading ladies, some of his best students and most daring disciples were women.
✔️Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well. It was the longest recorded conversation he had with any one person. She was the first person He told that He was the Messiah.
✔️Jesus welcomed Mary of Bethany into the classroom to sit at His feet to learn. (An honor and a privilege)
✔️Jesus invited Mary Magdalene to join His ministry team.
Jesus encouraged the woman healed from 12 years of bleeding to testify in the presence of all the people what God had done for her.
✔️Jesus welcomed the sinful woman into a room full of men as she anointed Him with perfume.
✔️Jesus called the woman with the crippled back from behind a partition to receive her healing.
✔️Jesus entrusted the most important message in all of history to Mary Magdalene and told her to go and tell that He had risen from the dead.
✔️Jesus was willing to risk his reputation to save theirs. He was willing to go against the grain of religious leaders to liberate women from centuries of oppressive pious tradition.
✔️He delivered women from diseases and set them free from spiritual darkness.
✔️He took the fearful and forgotten and transformed them into the faithful and forever remembered. “I tell you the truth,” he said, “wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
✔️And now that brings me to you and to me. Never, dear one, doubt your value to God as a woman. You were God’s grand finale of all creation—His workmanship whom He loves. ✔️
✔️And Jesus was willing to break the rules to prove it.
✔️Now that you know what it was like for women when Jesus walked the earth, how does it make you feel that He crossed the gender, social, cultural, and religious boundaries just for you?
✔️Jesus honored and respected women more than any other world religion, and that holds true for today. "
Believe it and receive it!
How does this truth impact you today?
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