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12 Revolutionary Ways Jesus Stood Against His Culture to Affirm the Value of Women

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By Lisa@The Warming House

At some point in your life have you ever been rejected, judged, undervalued, condescended to, excluded, insulted, oppressed, ignored, overlooked, or made to feel insignificant because you’re a woman? I most definitely have.

Imagine living in a Bible-time culture where people believed (and religious leaders taught):

  • It was shameful for a man  to talk to you, a woman, in public. Where his spirituality was tainted if he did.
  • Women were inferior to men, and men actually prayed, “Praise be to God. He has not created me a woman.”
  • Women were viewed as property rather than as persons.
  • A woman could never serve as a witness because her testimony had no credence.
  • The man could make demands on you as a woman, but you could never make demands on any man.
  • Women were to have their own rooms, and as much as possible, stay in them.
  • A woman’s value was based on her ability to have children. When a woman couldn’t bear children, she was always blamed – whether it was her fault or not.
  • Women were not allowed to receive an education.
  • Women had zero voice or choice in their marriage. Father’s decided who and when they were to marry.
  • Women had no inheritance rights. Property went to sons who were to care for their mamas.
  • A woman could not divorce her husband under any circumstance. Where only a man could initiate divorce. Where religious leaders would allow your husband to divorce you when he grew tired of you and desired to be with another woman. Their reasoning? Divorce prevented adultery.

Jesus saw how women were treated. When he came onto the scene, he flipped everything upside down. He showed us God’s heart:

  1. Jesus talked to women in public – including divorcees, immoral, sick, and ceremonially “unclean” women.  He talked openly to a Samaritan woman (an outcast). She became his first evangelist.(John 4:1-30, 39-42)
  2. Jesus held women up as examples of true righteousness and used them in his parables. He even made them heroes in his stories. (Mark 12:42-43; Luke 7:36-50)
  3. He unashamedly stepped up to rescue a prostitute who was about to be stoned to death by a bunch of men. (John 8:1-11)
  4. When Jesus came back to life after his death, he appeared to a woman first. She was his witness. He gave her the privilege of announcing his resurrection. (Matthew 28:1-7)
  5. He listened to the requests of a Gentile woman even though she was considered a “dog” in the eyes of Israel. He healed her daughter. (Matthew 15:21-28)
  6. He helped women in need and listened to their stories. (Mark 5:25-34; Luke 13:10-17)
  7. He had female disciples who were a part of his ministry. They learned from him, cared for his needs and supported his ministry financially.(Luke 8:1-3; Luke 24:6-8; Matthew 20:17-19)
  8. Jesus valued his sweet friendship with Mary and Martha. Neither of them had children. (John 11:5)
  9. Jesus allowed women to learn from him. Mary sat directly at his feet drinking in the rich words that fell from his lips as he taught. (Luke 10:38-42)
  10. Jesus felt compassion for a destitute widow whose only son had died. He brought her son back to life. (Luke 7:11-17)
  11. Jesus saw what was happening to women with the divorce trend. He shared God’s heart: “I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.” (Matthew 19:9)
  12. A woman was the first to rebel against God. (Genesis 3:6) Sin, suffering, and death entered the world as a result. Yet a woman was chosen to give the Messiah passage into the world. His birth and life brought resolution to  mankind’s dilemma. He saves us  from eternal suffering and death. (Luke 1:30-33)

Jesus . . . Restorer . . . Reconciliator . . . Redeemer . . . Rescuer. 

Jesus  values women. He made that obvious by the way he treated them. He stood up to man-made rules/societal beliefs to align us with the truth of God’s heart.

Never forget your significance to God. As a woman, you hold a very special place in his heart. He adores all your girlie ways.

Does anything in this post surprise you? What? Does it give you a clearer picture of the value of women in the heart of God? Do share.


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