Since the dawn of the feminist movement the church has often been marked as a breeding ground for misogyny and sexism. Certainly, there are occasions where the church has invited this judgment and may indeed be deserving of these accusations. However, if the church were truly obedient to God’s Word there would be no warrant for this kind of indictment.
God said it was not good that man be alone and so He created women. Proverbs says that a woman who fears the Lord is far more precious than jewels and that the heart of her husband should trust her. Scripture commands children to listen to their mother’s teaching. God created women, loves women, and has blessed humankind with women. There is no one more pro-women than the God who created and celebrates them. He chose to send His Son into the world through a gentle, faithful, and brave woman.
I have never been more amazed at God’s gift of women as I was watching my wife Rachel become a mother. After the announcement of her pregnancy I was elated and ready to begin this journey to parenthood. I wanted to help and bless this child I hadn’t even met, but I found that difficult to do as the baby was in the womb. As much as I could be supportive and care for my wife, only Rachel could nourish and care for the baby directly.
Even through the process of labor I found myself in a position of helplessness. As I watched my wife endure the pains of childbirth, all I could do was encourage and support her. I thought that after little Tatum was born I would be able to really help then, but again, I was amazed at how little I could do. I couldn’t even feed this child I loved. In the weeks that have followed I am learning how I can be of more help, but I stand amazed at God’s design for women to raise, birth, and then care for children in such a remarkable way.
We know that God is our Father, and we should call Him that. Nevertheless, in a lot of ways He is also like the mothers who bear His image. Like a mother, He nurtures us in a way no one else can, through His living and abiding Word. Like a mother, He comforts and cares for us in a way no one else can. The psalmist writes, “He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.”
As Mother’s Day approaches I want to consider how I can honor not just mothers, but women in general. Women are a gift from God and I am forever grateful for the women God has placed in my life. I am undeserving of a wife that faithfully loves and supports me, a mother that nurtured and cared for me, sisters in Christ who point me to Jesus, and now a little daughter who fills my heart with joy! Let us praise God together for the gift of women!
This last week we made our way through the book of Numbers. We learned how this book, filled with some pretty famous Sunday School type of stories, is also shot-through with the sad themes of unbelief and rebellion. It is shocking how a people who experienced so many displays of God’s faithfulness could still be ungrateful and unsatisfied with his provision and timing. Which ironically makes it so relevant for our study, for we all struggle with being satisfied with the circumstances of our lives.
It is the backdrop of Leviticus — with its thousands of priests and millions of sacrifices — that causes the beauty of the work of Jesus — the one priest, and the once for all sacrifice — to shine all the more brilliantly.
There are a number of major themes that weave their way through the whole story of the Bible: covenant, kingdom, and temple, just to name a few. This last Sunday we looked at the theme of God’s presence in each of the sections of the story that we have covered thus far (Genesis 1-11, Genesis 12-50, and Exodus 1-18), and then how this idea of God’s presence comes into a bit of a sharper focus in Exodus 19-40.
I think it is probably safe to say that there are two great peaks in the mountain range of God’s rescue and restoration of the earth. What the cross-resurrection event is to the New Testament, the exodus is to the Old Testament. In each case, the great redemptive salvation act (exodus/cross) produces the covenant community of God’s people (Israel/church) who are called to serve God and his universal mission.
Genesis 12-50: I Will Bless You
It is hard to look at any one text in the Bible and say that it is more important than any other text of the Bible. Since the whole Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit as God’s Words, it is all equally valid and useful for growth in the grace and knowledge of our King, Jesus (cf. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 3:18). At the same time, there are those passages that are particularly vital and important to knowing what God is up to in his rescue and restoration plan for the world.
The Whole Story: Genesis One Through Eleven
This last Sunday, January 7th, we kicked off our new sermon series, The Whole Story. As Genesis is the first book of the Bible, we began there, by covering chapters one through eleven...
Why Should I Read The Bible?
Most days I love waking up, coffeeing up, praying up, and then gobbling up the Bible. But not every day. I’m just like you in that. I need reminding about why the Bible — God’s Whole Story — is an important part of my day, for every other part of my day.