Does the Bible Value Women?

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Five ways God valued women in the Bible:

1. He created women in His image.

While God created man first, He realized it wasn’t good for man to be alone. Even though man and woman were created distinctly different, God made sure to create both in His likeness—and instructed them both to rule the earth (Genesis 1:28).

“The Bible makes it clear that at the very beginning of the human race both women and men were created by God, and He stamped His image equally upon them both,” Billy Graham once said.

God gives women as much of an opportunity to know Him as He does men—not only in creation but also in a relationship with Him.

God is far from an oppressor. He is a holy and heavenly Father who loves men and women equally.

“Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created.” —Genesis 5:2

2. God cares about the hearts of women.

He hears their cries—and answers their prayers.

When a woman named Hagar felt mistreated, an angel of the Lord met her in the wilderness to encourage her (Genesis 16). She then claimed, “You are a God of seeing.”

Another woman, Leah, felt rejected and unloved, and God listened and gave her sons (Genesis 29:30-35).

God also blessed Hannah with a son after she fought through depression over infertility (1 Samuel 1:1-20).

Do any of those situations sound familiar to women you know? He’s the same God today—who fills the same needs He met in the Bible.

3. God uses women to carry out His divine plan.

You can see this throughout Scripture. Here are just a few examples:

  • A sister, Miriam, helped protect her baby brother (Moses) after Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, ordered all Hebrew baby boys to be thrown into the Nile River. Years later, she faithfully worked by her brother’s side to help free the Israelites from slavery.
  • A prostitute, Rahab, courageously protected Israelites who were spying on Jericho in accordance with God’s plan. She was part of the lineage of Jesus.
  • Deborah was a prophetess and judge over Israel for four decades. God gave her discernment and direction on how to lead the nation.
  • The virgin Mary, who had an ordinary life, was favored by God and chosen to bear His Son, who would change the whole world.

4. Jesus always uplifted the oppressed—and validated women.

Jesus repeatedly showed how God is sensitive to the hearts of women and their hurts and fears, and He comforts and loves them wholeheartedly.

He spent time with two sisters, Mary and Martha, and praised Mary, who didn’t busy herself just fulfilling tasks, but actually fellowshipped with Him (Luke 10:39). He didn’t care as much about what women could do for Him as who they were.

Jesus did not act as someone who expected women to serve Him hand and foot. Instead, His hands and feet would be pierced out of His great love for them.

Following His resurrection, Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene before any of His disciples. He had previously freed her from severe satanic bondage (John 20:10-18).

5. Women are to be respected in the modern-day church.

In Acts 2, men and women were gathered together in one of the first meetings of the early church—and the Holy Spirit fell among them both. It marked the first time women were actually heard in church, and Peter reminded the people that this was a prophecy fulfilled.

In the following days of the New Testament church, many godly women carried out God’s plan, including DorcasPriscilla and Lydia. Today, God is still inviting women to sustain His ministry.

“There is neither Jew nor Greek [nationality, race], slave nor free [status], male nor female [gender], for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” —Galatians 3:28

No matter who you are, you can be at peace with God.

Authored Lizzy Long

 

 

 

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