Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means. Luke 8:1-3
Christianity often gets a bad rap when it comes to women. But should it? In today’s verses we see that some of the women whom Jesus had healed as well as others who had accepted Jesus as the Messiah followed Him in His travels along with the disciples. We are told that they even provided for Jesus and the disciples. In the New Testament Gospels it is the women who are there at the cross and it is the women who are the first to see the risen Jesus. In Acts women support the apostles and open their homes as churches. Women played an important part in Jesus’ life and ministry and continue to play an important part in the life of the church.
During the first century women were not considered to be reliable witnesses and not allowed to testify at trials. Yet in the Gospels it is women who first see the empty tomb and heard the angel tell them Jesus had risen and it was Mary to whom Jesus first appears. Women were considered at the time to be a small step above children and slaves and for the most part to be the husband’s property. Yet we see in the Bible and the New Testament in particular that women played a large part in God’s plan. As the Western world turn more and more Christian we see the status of women slowly elevated so that today they have the same rights as men. Could it have happened sooner? Of course it could but as we can see from the non-Christian world women still are thought of and treated as less than men. They have to be covered head to toe, cannot vote, are rarely educated and are frequently mutilated and killed to save family honor.
The Bible teaches us that we are both, women and men, created in God’s image and are equal. But just as the Trinity consists of three persons all of one essence and equally God but in a hierarchical relationship where God the Father is relationally over God the Son, so in a family the husband is over the wife and the wife is to submit to the husband. And that I think is the rub, that submit word. I believe that is caused by a misunderstanding of what God means by submit. God does not intend for husbands to mistreat their wife or treat her as a servant. The wife’s submission should be a willing submission because the husband is fulfilling his role as the family priest and is himself in submission to God.
I think God’s reason for this is that in any group someone needs to ultimately be responsible for the decision making. If you have ever been in a meeting or on a committee where there are multiple leaders you soon find out the group has no leader. Someone has to take responsibility and take charge. In a marriage God intends this to be the husband. Guys, that is not a task we should take lightly. We are to love our wife as Jesus loves the church. We are to be willing to give our life for her. We are also to seek her council and should seek agreement. After all we are now one body and a body that fights it’s self cannot long survive.
Have a blessed day,