Debbie Is In Charge!
With all the talk of men leading women, how women should not lead men, how women should not teach men, women being silent, blah, blah, blah…it is important to show how God has used women. He even used them in leadership…over men and women. God did not call a woman just to be in charge of other women or children. He called them to do His will, just as He has called any man. Let’s take a quick look at one woman who was appointed Judge over Israel.
4 Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. 5 She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the people of Israel came up to her for judgment.
Notice something missing in this verse? How about…there are no excuses or reasons why she was judging Israel? There is no disclaimer saying, “Since there were no able or worthy men in all of Israel, God put a woman in the place of a judge.” Nope. Don’t see it. Not a hint. Not even a suggestion. It simply says, “…was judging Israel at that time.” See? God calls whom He will, to do what He commands, when He sees fit and He does not apologize for it.
Did You Really Mean, Sons and Daughters?
As was quoted by Peter in Acts 2, Joel 2:28 says, “I will p0ur out my spirit on all flesh…and your sons and your daughters will prophesy…”
What is this big idea of women being “silent”? If I may be honest, I think that some of the men who fully embrace the silence of women just want to keep their own mouths running. God used women to speak His words on more than one occasion. If they are supposed to remain silent, then God must have missed that memo. God’s women did not just speak to women and children – they spoke to the people in general…male, female, young and old.
|Sarah||Gen 11:29 – 23:20|
|Miriam||Ex. 15:20-21; Num. 12:1-12:15, 20:1|
|Deborah||Judges 4:1 – 5:31|
|Hannah||I Sam 1:1 – 2:21|
|Abigail||I Sam 25:1 – 25:42|
|Huldah||II Kings 22:14-20|
In God’s Word to Women, Dennis Preato has outlined how women being silent is not what we think it is. Here is the link. I recommend that you read and re-read. Pray for God to reveal what is being communicated, here.
Men Must Lead? Says Who?
Wait, didn’t we just establish that God has used women to lead? Well, if you really want more information on that, here’s another link…
Since we have so misconstrued the idea of submission and what it means, we have spread it into other areas and turned it into subservience. It has become an idea that God allegedly put men in charge and women are nothing more than submissive assistants. It is time we pull away from that mode of thinking and embrace what God as designed each of us for.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I can hear it now. Women speaking in church? Heresy! Men submitting to a woman’s leadership? Heresy! I must admit, I am tempted to reply with, “Pthpthpthpthpthpth!” But, let’s be mature about this…shall we? I did not start this ignorant of the fact that there will be those who would disagree. But, I was careful to line up what information I could gather in order to present the case.
Thanks to my friend, Mike Willingham and his research, we can see the Hebrew breakdown of creation, man and woman and the fact that Eve was not the matron for a curse on all women. He also shared some notes from Skip Moen and Lois Tverberg, each sharing Hebrew perspectives. The two sites shared earlier in this article poke holes into commonly used and misinterpreted scriptures in the New Testament that concern women teaching or leading in the Church. Point being, I did not want to approach this with my own logic or well-intended thinking. The information is out there and I have presented some of it in this small series.
So, if anyone should play the heresy card, fine. We just put the information out there and let the reader(s) sort it out, pray and let the Lord reveal what He wants to say. If you hold to the old doctrines that women are less than men and cannot prove that the information in this series is wrong, the you may want to re-evaluate what you have been embracing.
The next post will be a brief examination of the Proverbs 31 Woman. A few highlights will be shared and, once again, my friend Mike is doing some research in Hebrew. We’ll do our best to keep it under 6000 words, this time. As for what is next with the rest of us…we all need to re-evaluate the long-held doctrines that have brought legalism, dogmatism, anti-feminism and gender inequity into the Church.
There are two more posts coming to finish this series. The goal is simply…to be true.
Note: This is not to say women are in charge, per se. Men are given a charge…to protect, provide for and love their wives as Christ loves the Church. However, when we look at what scripture really says, there is truly nothing that says men are the bosses of women, nor that women are to be silent and subservient to men. Also, personally speaking, I am certainly not an expert, I am simply sharing what I am learning and reading.