God is no respecter of cultural gender norms. He used women as prophets early in Israel’s history. Miriam was set before Israel as a leader along with Moses and Aaron (Micah 6:4). Deborah freed Israel from the Canaanites through her gutsy leadership. She was a judge, prophet and military general rolled into one. A Jewish “Mu-Lan”!
The prophetess Huldah brought revival to Judah. Her ministry coincided with that of the prophet Jeremiah. So God wasn’t out of men to use! The reputation of Huldah was such that King Josiah sought her first after the discovery of the Book of the Law. Her ministry influenced a whole nation (2 Kings 14:14-20)! Yet isn’t it strange that today, women are still not allowed to address some churches?
The Holy Spirit fell on both men and women on the day of Pentecost (Acts 1:14). This was in fulfilment of the prophecy that “your sons and daughters shall prophesy” (Joel 2:28-32). So if God anointed both men and women to fulfill the great commission (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:19-20), then isn’t it obvious that women would also have to preach, teach, and proclaim the Word? And I haven’t even begun to mention women like Esther, Priscilla, Phoebe, Junia, Lois, Eunice, and the prophet Philip’s daughters yet!
I once watched a documentary of a male lion with his pride of lionesses and cubs under attack by two outsider male lions. Outnumbered two to one, the pride was doomed. Should the lone male lose, all his cubs would be killed. The lionesses sprang into action and attacked one male, while the lone male dealt with the other. Together they fought off the invaders and saved the day. That’s a great picture of how we can defend God’s church from Satanic attacks! When the Lion of Judah (Revelation 5:5) roars, He does so through the men AND ALSO THE WOMEN in the church. So let’s together recover our voices in Skyline today as ONE and… ROAR!!
Philip Lyn 医生牧师