I have just been told that today is Women’s day? I have never heard of this before? I am assuming it was created for the ladies who felt left out on Mothers day?
For me, as a Bible believing Christian, every day is a Women’s day!
Why? Well the Bible teaches us men that we should support, love and celebrate the women in our lives each day.
The Bible has many positive things to say about the role of women, some of the most influential people in the Biblical narrative (and in church history) have been women.
Eve is the mother of all living (Genesis 3:20).
Moses’ sister saved him from slaughter and organised a “nurse” for Pharaoh’s daughter (Exodus 2:7).
Rahab was the harlot of Jericho who became a ‘paragon of virtue’, assisting the Israelite’s in capturing the city.(Joshua 2)
Deborah was a strong leader (a Judge),who successfully beat the forces of the king of Canaan. (Judges 4)
Queen Esther has her own Book in the Bible. Esther was a Jew who married the king of Persia and plays a significant role in avoiding a massacre of her people.
Ruth (another lady with her own book) showed steadfast loyalty to her mother-in-law and great faith to God. She then married Boaz and became an ancestor of Joseph (Mary’s husband).
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is obviously very significant.
Jesus had many women followers and often stayed at the home of Mary and Martha with His disciples.
Jesus is regularly shown to have compassion on women who were rejected and abused by men. For example the woman of Samaria who had five husbans (John 4). Jesus also forgave the woman caught in adultery (John 8). Jesus famously tells the ruling male elite who dragged her before Him to face public justice (via stoning), ‘He who is without sin should cast the first stone’. (John 8:7).
At the time of his arrest many of the disciples deserted Him, but the Bible tells us that it was the women who stayed with Him (John 19:25 and Matthew 27:55).
It was women that were the first ones to the tomb on Easter Sunday and God chose them to be the first witnesses of the resurrection (John 18:11-18).
Acts 16 tells us of Lydia, who was a rich woman who founded the first church in Philippi. Priscilla helped teach new Christians, along with her husband (Acts 18). Phoebe ‘served the church’ in Cenchrea to the Apostle Pauls praise (Romans 16:1).
Many critics accuse the Bible as being “backward” towards women and I can’t hide that throughout history men have been guilty of misinterpreting it to justify the emancipation of our fore-mothers. However if you actually read the Bible it is clear that it teaches complementarianism.
The Bible does not see women as inferior or men as superior. Instead, it sees them as being identical in nature but different in function and role. The obvious example of this is our biological differences, women can bear children, men can not. Complementarianism is a necessity within the family, its how we are created and it is revealed in the Word of the Creator God.
The Bible tells us that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) that means men and women! None of us are righteous, no not one! We (men and women) have all let each-other down at some point, but the Bible is clear, Men are to lead their families with Godly direction, and women are to support their husbands in their leadership. The Bible does say that wives are to submit to their husbands (Ephesians 5:22) but this is in the context of husbands loving their wives just as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). Think about it! Just as Christ suffered terribly on the cross until death for His church, Husbands must love their wives in the same way, this means to our death if necessary. Wives submission then comes in the context of knowing that their husband will never ask them to do anything that will harm them in any way. Marriage is thus a complimentary creation ordinance between two sinners that God has brought together and bound in Love.
Happy Women’s day