I just finished listening (finally!) I agree with Jo that sexism isn’t what God put in place as part of creation but is a result of the fall where sin has caused broken relationships. It became the new reality, the consequence, when we decided to go it on our own.
I love the reminder that God has all the virtues! And this makes so much sense when you consider how we can work together in marriage, at work, or ministry, in families and communities to manifest virtues for the glory of God. But none of us will have them all! Only God is complete enough to be all things to all people.
I’ve been reading the Bible most of my life, and I don’t recall ever thinking that women were less than men. I can see how some people may go there. But the Bible is packed with real life people doing people things. And when you consider the expanse of 1600 years of cultural context of tribes and nations you’re going to have a lot of ways to misinterpret. But as Jo reminds us: Go tackle those passages and examine and study them. The resources for studying the Bible are mind blowing!
To embrace what God has appointed to us in the form of gender, culture, period in history, lineage, and family is to draw near to Him and revel that before time began each of us was on His mind. (Acts 17:26-27, Psalm 139). And it is here, in the way He designed us, that we find true fulfillment and purpose.
We can decide that we are limited by some value placed on us, or we can remember that God is not limited by anything and we can expectantly anticipate His involvement.
No matter what your job or position is, embracing the days God has given you and working at your tasks as unto the Lord can be the place where you experience His pleasure. And I am reminded of my value when I meditate on Scripture.
Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!