Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women's Day...A Few Great Ladies

Apparently, today is International Women's Day.  I would not know this except for the fact that it is all over my social media sites. I think it's great that there is a day to acknowledge the social, economic, and political achievements of women. Women have contributed a lot throughout history and have actually been the force behind change, in some instances.  I believe in giving honor where honor is due.

There are some women I would like to acknowledge who contributed in other ways. They may not be as well-known as Susan B. Anthony or Amelia Earhart, but they are no less deserving of accolades.

  • Deborah was a mighty woman of God and a prophetess, as mentioned in the book of Judges. She commanded Barak to victory and told him, "Up; for this is the day in which the Lord hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the Lord gone out before thee?"
  • In the same book, Jael helped take down the enemy for Barak. Sisera sought refuge in Jael's home and, while he was resting, she took a hammer and nailed a peg into his temple.  She fulfilled Deborah's earlier prophecy to Barak, "I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the Lord shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman."
  • Hannah was another great woman in the Old Testament. She may not have done great exploits or led armies into battle, but she trusted God and prayed for a miracle. When her son, Samuel, was born, she dedicated his life to the work of God. As you know, Samuel was a great man of God. You can read about him in I and II Samuel. Had Hannah not trusted God, her life would have turned out differently. She has been a great example to women throughout history.
  • Priscilla, along with her husband, Aquilla, labored for the church and were an inseparable pair. However, it is interesting to note, that out of the six times they are mentioned, her name is first in three of those. This was highly unusual. Could it be that her ministry was more prominent than that of her husband's? 
  • Another great woman in the New Testament was Junia. The amazing thing about her was she was an apostle. She is only mentioned once, in the book of Romans.  However, an apostle was a title mainly given to men.  According to Romans 16:7, she was held in high esteem. Paul wrote, "Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow-prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me." 
  • When you continue to look in the New Testament, we see Phoebe was mentioned only once, in the book of Romans. However, it is believed that she was trusted by Paul to deliver his letters to the Romans. "I commend unto Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: that ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also."
I realize that I did not speak of the more well-known women of the Bible, like Ruth, Esther, Mary, the mother of Jesus, or even Mary Magdalene. Each of those ladies were strong in their own right and their stories have been passed down through the ages. History has not been so kind to the above-mentioned women, but they are equally as strong and have contributed much to Christianity and the work of God.

To all you ladies out there: You may not lead an army, run a country, or work outside of the home, but you are worth something. You are changing lives everday. You are awesome women and deserve to be commended.  So, to you, happy International Women's Day! 

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