Greetings Brethren,

 

Who has come to taint the role of women and men? In the church God has ordained a role for women there is also a role for women in the home and in society.

But without God there is confusion. We will leave you with the last statement.

Peace and Love,

Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal October 27, 2002 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

BIBLICAL ROLE OF WOMEN (HOME, CHURCH, SOCIETY)

PART 5: WOMEN IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

 

In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.

 

We are blessed today for we seek the Truth of God. I heard a righteous man once say “It is great to be saved." Is that right? Thanks be to God our Father and to His Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ for the Holy Spirit.

 

Women of the Old Testament had a much different existence from those in the New Testament. For the record God changed the world of those of righteousness from the Old Law to the New Law. Thus, there was a transition from the Jewish Period to the Christian Period. Jesus Christ who the Great Prophets wrote about throughout the Old Testament was the catalyst for the transition from the Old to the New.

 

However since we noted transition instead of change many things transferred over to the New Period also, many things did not. Is it a Christian responsibility to know what laws made the transition? Here we see some of the greatest confusion in the Church today. For example evidently many Church leaders and those among the Church benches believe that a system of sacrifice noted in Tithes and Offerings are a part of the Christian Period. However, they have changed this ceremonial practice to exclude grain, crops, and livestock to include only money. So instead of bringing animals to be sacrificed upon an altar by the Priests they only bring money to give to the Preachers.  A note for the wise and the not so wise Priests are no longer with us for we now have Jesus Christ. However, Jesus Christ is with the Father. He cannot partake of your offerings. Thus, Jesus Christ wants your heart. If your heart is right, you will give where needed. MOST PREACHERS DO NOT NEED. HOWEVER, THERE IS GREAT NEED AMONG THE POOR.

 

Before the Babylonian exile in 587/586 B.C.E., women in Israel enjoyed status and freedom comparable to men. Israel was a Patriarchal society. Nevertheless, this society had knowledge of God and this knowledge extended equality to women. In the Genesis story we see the woman as the necessary compliment and helper of the man. In Malachi 2:14 we see the woman in a relationship of mutual companionship.

 

Although the family rights of wives and mothers are protected by law Genesis 16:5-6, 38 women became abused. The subordinate role of women to men came about because of human sin. (See Genesis 3). Also, the subsequent practice of polygamy contributed to this abuse. (See Genesis 4:19).  However scripture supports love and choice in marriage for women. (See Genesis 24:57, 67, 29:20). For example in Genesis and Song of Solomon intimacy and love is noted as a gift from God.

 

Meanwhile martial relationships were so prized that it could serve as an example of the love between God and his covenant people (See Jeremiah 2:2, Hosea 2:14-20). This fact would be impossibility if marriage had become a repressive relationship for the woman.

Yet when Israel was carried into exile, the role of women changed. During the monthly cycle and child birth women were excluded from worship. (See Leviticus 15:19-31 and child birth Leviticus 12:2-5). They were also segregated in worship and society. The vows of women were no longer considered as valuable as those of the male (See Numbers 27:1-8).

 

During the Second Temple Period women were excluded from testifying in court. They were not to be seen in public or speak with strangers. Outside the home they required them to be doubly veiled. They could not teach or be taught the Torah and they were not allowed education.

 

The historical record notes that through pride, ignorance or moral perversion man has treated women as inferior. Many heathens today continue that tradition. Also of note many believe that the decline of women throughout history was due to the invasion of heathen influences. Who are the heathens? Here we note heathens as those who first did not accept God during the Jewish Period. With the move to the Christian Period heathens are those that do not accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

 

Note additional scriptures that protect the rights of women. Deuteronomy 21:10-14, 22:13, 22:28.

 

Cont. Part 6: Clean and Unclean Dress and Ornaments

 

 

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