Women’s Day

Jun
2013
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“After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.  The Twelve were with Him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Cuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others.  These women were helping to support them out of their own means.”

Luke 8:1-3

 

I went to a Women’s Day service recently.  In this male-dominated culture, I was happy to see women in charge.  In this youth-obsessed culture, I was proud to see old women in charge.  The first two rows of pews were filled with white-haired women dressed in white.  I loved it.  It was powerful to witness the Grand March of dignified and well-dressed African American women who marched around the church, and then down to the front of the church, to deliver their tithes & offerings to the Lord.  Twenty or thirty years ago, Women’s Day did not impress me.

 

The first time I read the entire Bible, I concluded that God didn’t like women.  God didn’t seem concerned with horrific acts of violence against (innocent) women (Genesis 19:6-8); and didn’t mind making violent, humiliating and scary references to women (Nahum 3:5). The Bible can be a hard book for women to read.  Women’s Day didn’t answer the tough questions about how some women are treated in the Bible; but Women’s Day did remind me of other women – women who were clearly friends of God.

 

The woman preacher reminded me that some women – Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, and many others – received a healing from Jehovah Rophe (the God who Heals).  They supplied Jesus and the disciples from their own money.  They loved Him enough to follow Him wherever He went, even to the cross; and after the crucifixion, they sought out his body to prepare it for burial.

 

The women at Women’s Day received their healing.  The women raised the funds for Women’s Day.  These women love Jesus enough to continually seek Him out; continuing the tradition set thousands of years ago by Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, and many other women.

 

“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the Lord:

Look to the rock from which you were hewn;

look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth.”

Isaiah 51:1-2

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