Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. Luke 7:47
In thinking of the encounters that Jesus had with various women, I can’t think of a single encounter where he was negative toward them or condemned them. He did not think of them as inherently more immoral than men; he didn’t think of them as seducers of mankind; he didn’t objectify them; ultimately he gave them all hope.
Mary, his mother, was given a miracle before her time. The woman at the well was told He was the Messiah after he revealed her heart to her. She was the instrument of revival in her town. The woman condemned of adultery was not condemned by Jesus, was told to repent, and forgiven. The woman with a bad reputation, who came to anoint Jesus was forgiven and her actions were held up as a memorial. He cast seven devils out of Mary Magdalene. The woman with the issue of blood was made whole by her faith. The only woman I can think of who didn’t get what she needed was the mother of the Sons of Thunder who had asked that her sons be given places beside Jesus in heaven.
Jesus loved women and used women to do his work. There are many, many women listed in the New Testament who assisted the apostles in their missionary work. Although women are called to submission, and are under man’s rulership, this does not mean Jesus belittled women, thought less of women, or saw them as more sinful than man. Indeed, Paul says in Romans that ALL have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Paul himself, describes the battle over good and evil that occurs in his own mind, and he was arguably the greatest apostle there was. Paul emphasized that women were 1)co-heirs with men in the grace and 2)in Jesus, women were equal in salvation.
While the apostate church is symbolized as a woman (Jezebel), the true church is also symbolized as a woman.
I want to emphasize that while all women do struggle with the inner desire to control man, so all men must struggle with their own sinful natures as well, which is a failure at self-control. Men who sin abdicate their leadership. Does this mean that they are less sinful than women? No. The Bible never says that.
Women are equally as sinful as men. Our temptations may differ, and our natures are inherently different. Yes, we can be beguiled easier than man. But, we are often blamed for men’s lack of self-control, which isn’t fair. Did Eve offer the fruit to her husband? Yes. But the man should’ve known better; he was not deceived. He could’ve corrected his wife and not sinned. Both sinned and both needed the sacrifice of an animal for their sins to cover them (Genesis 3:21).
Our role as women that profess godliness is to seek after chastity, holiness and modesty, look to the husband for leadership and guidance in living for God, and to have compassion, empathy and mercy on those who have been broken by sin.
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