Meditation

Meditation for 07/08/2019

“Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites came to her to have their disputes decided.” (Judges4:4-5)

Women functioned as prophets in the Bible. Deborah was such a spiritual leader. Miriam, sister of Moses, is represented as speaking by divine inspiration (Exodus 15:20). Huldah (2nd Kings 22:14), Noadiah (Nehemiah 6:14), Isaiah’s wife (Isaiah 8:3), and Anna (Luke 2:36) are called [prophetess. Deborah also judged the people, settling their disputes, and leading in political decisions. God inspired her to sing the song preserved in our Bibles as Judges 5. God continues to use women to minister to His people.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Abba, You have used and still use today, women, men, and even children to reach out and touch Your people in ministry. These women noted in Judges, living in a male dominated society of the times, had a large impact on the people of their times. Throughout history, women have been in leadership roles in ministry in a variety of ways. Help us to always understand the significance of all of Your leaders in ministry, no matter what their gender. Let us honor them and all of Your leaders. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

The empty tomb proves Christianity. The empty church denies it.

KNOWING GOD:

“The sayings of King Lemuel—an oracle his other taught him: ‘O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows, do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. It is not the kings, O Lemuel not for kings to drink wine, not by rulers to crave beer, lest they drink and forget what the law decrees, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. Give beer to those who are perishing, wine to those who are in anguish; let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, but the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.’” (Proverbs31:1)

Lemuel is not named among the kings of Israel or Judah. Thus, this portion of inspired Scripture was written by a foreigner, The ultimate human source was a woman, the king’s mother. Inspiration here includes a mother’s oral teaching, a king’s writing and Israelite collect of foreign writing into the Book of Proverbs. (Note the influence of other inspired women in Exodus 15:21, Judges 5)

I AM:

Discipleship, Women: (Acts 18:18)

Priscilla’s level of leadership is indicated by the fact that she and her husband, Aquila, traveled with Paul in ministry. Christians gathered in Priscilla’s homes in Corinth and Ephesus. She was a great encouragement to other leaders. Paul gave her special greetings (1st Timothy4:19). Clearly she was a leader in her own right. It may be significant that her name precedes that of her husband at times.

Second Thought of the Day:

“II commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church in Cenchrea. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints and to give her any help she may need fro you, for she has been a great to many people, including me. Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus. They have risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.” (Romans 16:1-4)

All Christian disciples, whether women or men, serve under the lordship of Christ. All have the same access to God in Christ. Women have always had a distinctive part in the ministry of Christian churches since the earliest days. Paul commended Phoebe as a servant of the church.

“Servant” (Greek – diakonos) could refer to any kind of service, but it can be translated “deacon.” She served the church in a special way, possibly as a woman deacon or deaconess. Paul referred to her in a quite different way than Priscilla and Aquila who were his fellow workers.

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