WOMEN
All scriptural references are from the Amplified Bible unless otherwise noted

 

INTRODUCTION

Many people believe that the Bible paints women as inferior to men. This is primarily because women had less monetary worth (Leviticus 27:1-6), they weren't counted when it came to matters of census (Numbers 3:15, Matthew 14:21), and they were considered to be the property of men (Exodus 21:32, Deuteronomy 22:19).On top of that, Scripture repeatedly states that women are in subjection to men (1 Corinthians 11:1-10, 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, Ephesians 5:22-24, Colossians 3:18, 1 Timothy 2:11-15, Titus 2:5)

Do these things mean that the Bible considers females to be inferior?

 

GOD'S VIEW

God gave laws to protect women from being neglected wives (Exodus 21:10, Deuteronomy 21:15-16), from being prostituted by their parents (Leviticus 19:29), from being shamefully used by men (Exodus 22:16), from being a newlywed military widow (Deuteronomy 20:7, 24:5), and from having her chastity slandered (Deuteronomy 22:13-19). God also gave protections to women equal to the men (Exodus 21:28-29, Deuteronomy 15:12). Obviously, God does not want women to be used or abused.

Aside from all this, God also hears the prayers of faithful women and answers them (Genesis 30:22, 1 Samuel 1:12,20). Jesus Christ also had no qualms towards healing women, as well as men (Matthew 9:20-22, Matthew 15:28, Luke 8:2-3, Luke 13:11-12) or forgiving them (Luke 7: 36-50, John 8:1-11).

The Bible also makes it clear that women are to be respected (Exodus 21:7-8, Proverbs 5:15-20, 1 Corinthians 7:1, Ephesians 5:28).

The Bible also speaks of women who were blessed for doing the will of God, in spite of what others wanted them to do. One example is two midwives who refused to kill newborn babies according to Pharaoh's decree. God saw this and blessed these midwives with families (Exodus 1:15-21). Another example is a woman who bravely killed an enemy army chief with her own two hands (Judges 4:17-24). There is also the account of a prostitute who risked her life by hiding God's spies. Due to her faith she was rescued from God's wrath and taken care of (Joshua 2:1-21, 6:15-25). And let's not forget the woman with the alabaster case full of perfumed oil that she poured onto Christ's head. He considered this a good deed, and thus made sure she'd be remembered for it (Matthew 26:6-13).



WOMEN'S STATUS

Although women were to be in subjection to men, this doesn't mean they were to be viewed as inferior. For example, women had the right to earn a living (Proverbs 31:24, Acts 16:14, Acts 18:1-3), take the vows of a Nazirite (Numbers 6:1-4), and own land (Numbers 27:8, Proverbs 31:16).

Women were also given a measure of social status: There were prophetesses of God (Exodus 15:20, Judges 4:4-5, 2 Kings 22:14-15, Luke 2:36-38), and many women in the Bible enjoyed particular positions of authority (1 Kings 10:1-10, Daniel 5:10, Acts 8:27).

 

GENERAL ADVICE

Women should be modest in how they dress, and not be overly concerned about their physical beauty (1 Timothy 2:9). They are not to be gossipy, slanderous, or speaking ill of others (1 Timothy 3:11). Women are supposed to be good examples of behaviour, teaching good things to others, and be sober (Titus 2:3).

It is a blessing for a woman to bear children (Genesis 20:17-18, Genesis 30:22-23, Psalms 113:9, Psalms 128:3). Under Israelite Law, if a husband falsely accused his wife of adultery , the man was to make his wife pregnant (Numbers 5:28).

 

SPECIFIC WOMEN IN Scripture

There were many faithful women mentioned in a positive light in the Bible:

Queen Esther saved the Jewish nation from destruction (Book Of Esther).
Abigail prevented king David from murder (1 Samuel 25:3-33).
Ruth abandoned her own people for God's people (Book Of Ruth).
Jehosheba saved a young prince from being murdered (2 Kings 11:1-3).
Mary and Martha were close friends with Jesus (John 11:1-5).
Lydia gave Paul a roof over his head (Acts 16:14-15).

 

CONCLUSION

As we can clearly see, although the Bible tells us that women should be in subjection to men, the Bible doesn't allow for the inferior treatment of women. Women are to be respected and accepted as valued members of society.



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