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A Biblical View of the Value of Women

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Intro: An Age of Gender Confusion

The world is confused about women. On the one hand, they are thought of as weak and in need of special protecitions. On the other hand, they are thought of as identical to men and in need of nothing. Even the entire notion of gender is under attack as though there is no difference whatsoever between men and woman. In this cultural disphoria, a person can be whatever gender they feel that they are. This confusion creates problems. For instance, a male athlete may decide that he is female and then compete against female athletes, a situation in which his genetics give him an obvious advantage.
Moreover Christians are too often thought of as mysogynistic. Sadly Scripture has been generally exegeted so poorly that many Christians are even themselves convinced that women are somehow second-class citizens in God’s Kingdom.
In an age such as this one we need some real clarity about what the Word of God says about gender, and about women in particular.

God’s High View of Women

About generalization: Stereotypes exist for a reason. Groups of people will tend to share common charactertistics. These commonalities exist for a reason. However, the danger of stereotypes is that we risk losing the individual within the pattern. In Ps. 139, the psalmist implies that God created him individually as a person. The thing about people is that each one is unique. We must not be so rigid in our thinking that we demand that every individual conform to a group’s sterotype.
Scripture places a very high value on women! Listen to these proverbs...
Proverbs 12:4 (NIV): “A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown,
but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.”
Proverbs 14:1 (NIV): “The wise woman builds her house,
but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”
Proverbs 18:22 (NIV): “He who finds a wife finds what is good
and receives favor from the Lord.”
(Proverbs 18:24 (NIV): “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”)
Proverbs 19:14 (NIV): “Houses and wealth are inherited from parents,
but a prudent wife is from the Lord.”
The Imago Dei
In , God initiates project humanity with the stated goal of making humanity in God’s image, so that “they may rule...” (emphasis mine).
Then in (NIV): So God created mankind in his own image. . .male and female he created them.”
in the image of God he created them;
Again, (NIV): “This is the written account of Adam’s family line.
male and female he created them.”
When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created. “
The point is that the image of God is only fully realized in humanity collectively together, with both male and female traits. The implication will be staggering to many: God in the fulness of his essence must be both masculine and feminine. If this is true then there must be evidence of it in Scripture.
Since the maleness of God is such a pervasively distinctive idea in culture, then for this implication to be true, Scripture must bear it out. Masculine attributes tend to be recognized as the touigh, brutal attributes of survival. Whereas feminine attributes tend to be recognized as the softer more pleasant attributes that make life worth lving. It is easy to recognize the masculinity of God: for instance, (NIV):” The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is his name.” However, Scripture has plenty to say about the softer side of God.
the Lord is his name.
God is Spirit ()
The LORD is beautiful ()
The LORD is gentle (; )
The LORD guards the nest (, cf. )
The LORD is nurturing ()
The LORD is compassionate and gracious ()
Probably first and foremost: God is love (; )
Consider the fruit of the Spirit: (NIV): “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
Jesus Christ came as a male, which did definitely give God gender, however, in his eternal essence
Jesus Christ came as a male, which did definitely give God gender.

The NT knows no heiarchy among Christians!

(NIV): “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
(NIV): “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
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