The next few "Morning Messages" are for Women. I know, I know. That is rather sexist of me, but recently I have been seeing some rather disturbing posts on Facebook regarding the role (or even value of) women in general, but more specifically in the Church—even in the Ministry.
These posts have bothered me, and I feel compelled to defend the importance and significance of woman in the Church. I want to begin with what YHWH said about women.
" God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them" (Genesis 1:27).
"he created them male and female; he blessed them and called them Adam (humankind, man) on the day they were created" (Genesis 5:2).
"And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth" (Genesis 1:28).
“The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you. ”
To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:14-19)
When Eve ate the forbidden fruit and enticed Adam to sin with her, one of the consequences for women was the loss of equality with men, as men were to rule over women, instead of men and women ruling together. She would now be "ruled by her husband." However, when Jesus came as sinless Man and died as the Messiah on the cross for us, everything was restored positionally. The restoration of man (men and women) began at that very moment.
I realize that we have not seen the complete manifestation of this restoration; however, the day is coming when it will be. Let me say that another way. Everyone who receives Jesus as Savior, receive restoration as Sons of God, but not all of us walk in that restoration—yet, anyway. Through Jesus, the curse on women has been lifted. Women no longer have to receive pain in childbirth nor are they inferior to man with him ruling over them. Women are now restored to their original place and plan that YHWH intended for all His "sons." Although we do not see all things restored at this time, "legally" in the spiritual realm, they have already been restored.
(I send out messages like each morning. If you are interested, let me know. However, you can also find these messages at: Thought For The Day)