WHEN LIONESSES ROAR… 当母狮们吼叫时…

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!!

神是不被现实社会对性别的准则所规范的。早在以色列历史当中,祂已任命女性为先知。米利暗连同摩西与亚伦在以色列百姓面前被任命为领袖(弥迦书6:4)。底波拉以她无畏的领导能力将以色列从迦南人手中救出。她是一位士师、先知、与将军的结合,可说(堪称的上)是犹太版的花木兰!

随后又有女先知户勒大将犹大带入复兴。她的事奉正和先知耶利米的事奉同时发生。这说明了神并不是别无选择的!户勒大的名声是如此的高,以至于当律法书被发现时,约西亚王的第一步是先去寻求户勒大。她的事奉影响了整个国家(列王纪下14:20)!但奇怪的是,至今女性仍然无法在一些教会里发表意见?

在五旬节当天,圣灵降临了在在场的男性与女性上(使徒行传1:14)。这实现了该预言:“你们的儿女要说预言”(约珥书2:28-32)。由此可见,如果神恩膏了男性与女性去实践大使命(使徒行传1:8,马太福音28:19-20),那么很明显地女性们也必须去传道、教导与宣扬神的话语对吧?我都还没有开始提及像以斯帖、百基拉、非比、犹尼亚、友妮基与先知腓力的女儿们这些具有代表性的女士呢!

我曾经观看过一部纪录片,讲述着一只雄狮与它的一群母狮及幼狮们被两只外来的雄狮联合攻击它们。在二对一的情况下,那头雄狮恐怕凶多吉少。如果那单独的雄狮输了,那它的幼崽都会全被杀死。这时那群母狮突然跃起并一同冲上出攻击其中一只外来雄狮,而雄狮就去对付另一只外来雄狮。它们同心协力击退入侵者并取得最后胜利。这个情景非常适合去形容我们应该如何捍卫神的教会免受撒旦的攻击!当犹大支派中的狮子(启示录5:5)吼叫时,祂是透过教会里的男性还有女性去行事的。所以今天让我们在Skyline重拾团结的声音,一起ROAR!

Philip Lyn 医生牧师

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