I wrote something on Facebook recently that sparked debate on my page. A few years ago I found myself debating on Facebook with some Calvinists and God gently called me away and told me that what I was seeing was man’s pride over His word, which is why the debates were so heated…and unloving. God never intended this, and so when the debates began…I attempted to defend myself and found that the point I had been making was being missed overall.
Women through time, have been pinned as the original sinner, untrustworthy, the weak one and back in Jesus day, women were second class citizens generally. Their testimony was untrustworthy and inadmissible in court, but I’ve noticed how God purposely used women repeatedly through time in incredibly important ways. There was Deborah the Judge, there was Rahab and Mary and Mary Magdalene, the woman with the issue of blood (who was REALLY bold to break law and tradition by touching Jesus), there was Ruth and Esther…and so many more. Traditions of man have kept women in a lesser place, I feel because they needed a scapegoat for falling into sin through Adam. I believe that Eve is still blamed through women even today. So, in my readings yesterday and the day before, the Lord began downloading something to me through reading John 20 and Luke 24. So…here goes.
In the garden, God cursed Eve and all women with pain in child birth. Then He prophesied to her and said that her desire would be only for her husband. But this has a two-fold representation. A woman in the world would have a desire only for her earthly husband and it would never be enough to fulfill her, it also caused women to step into accepting abuse…because well the Bible says so…so we should just shut up and accept it. Right?!
Yeah, no. But if a woman is living in the Spirit of God, her desire would be only for her Husband, which I believe is a representation of something deeply Spiritual. A woman in spiritual labor, travails over her promises and it IS painful, but our hearts and our pain are fully vested in our God and we desire Him! Jesus! It’s a representation of the Bride before Jesus, desiring nothing but Him. This was the first part of what I got from Him.
The second part was, because of man’s view of women in those days, men didn’t believe women. Their testimony wasn’t accepted in court, and generally they were meant to keep quiet and have babies (it was their redeeming quality)- which is why it was such a risk for Esther to go before the king. So Mary sees that the tomb has been opened and the body is gone. She runs back to the disciples and tells them and John and Peter RUN. They don’t believe the women’s testimony but they believed the body was gone, enough for them to run. Why? I believe it is because it was something they had been expecting to happen. They were expecting something hinky to happy with Jesus body, so it was easy for them to believe only that part of what Mary said when she came running to tell them the body was missing, but couldn’t believe the testimony past that.
They were telling the truth…why couldn’t they believe the women?
Traditions of men. They left because they had a preconceived belief that something would happen, but past that they couldn’t believe or actually understand what the women were saying because the traditions of men had hardened their hearts and it prevented them from hearing what God was saying through these women.
But the beautiful thing is, the Lord never let them down. He didn’t discount their testimony, he witnessed to it.
19-24 He said, “What has happened?”
They said, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene. He was a man of God, a prophet, dynamic in work and word, blessed by both God and all the people. Then our high priests and leaders betrayed him, got him sentenced to death, and crucified him. And we had our hopes up that he was the One, the One about to deliver Israel. And it is now the third day since it happened. But now some of our women have completely confused us. Early this morning they were at the tomb and couldn’t find his body. They came back with the story that they had seen a vision of angels who said he was alive. Some of our friends went off to the tomb to check and found it empty just as the women said, but they didn’t see Jesus.”
25-27 Then he said to them, “So thick-headed! So slow-hearted! Why can’t you simply believe all that the prophets said? Don’t you see that these things had to happen, that the Messiah had to suffer and only then enter into his glory?” Then he started at the beginning, with the Books of Moses, and went on through all the Prophets, pointing out everything in the Scriptures that referred to him.
But now some of our women have completely confused us. Early this morning they were at the tomb and couldn’t find his body. They came back with the story that they had seen a vision of angels who said he was alive. Some of our friends went off to the tomb to check and found it empty just as the women said, but they didn’t see Jesus.
And Jesus says they are thick-headed and slow-hearted. The only reason the women confused them, is because there was some “societal norm” that prevented them subconsciously from believing the women. What they said wasn’t confusing. But the ways of man had stunted their ability to hear what God was saying, because of the delivery system.
In addition, I do believe that the “women’s rights” movement is a counterfeit to what the Lord is doing. The Lord is currently raising up women to lead and share His heart, but because of the Women’s Rights movement, it will cause people to turn up their nose and not hear what the Lord has to say through them because a lot of this movement has put a bad taste in people’s mouths. God is and always has used women contrary to how man feels. They have been in pivotal roles in changing the tide of situations that would otherwise be the demise of the people, be it physically or spiritually. We have been shut in’s for so long, carrying the guilt of Eve, when it’s not ours to carry.