Saturday, February 1, 2014

Women's Looks- Part Three

The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.- I Samuel 16:7
God made women. He made them like man in His image. There is a physical similarity, but as God is three in One, so is the human. We have a physical aspect, then a soul, which is our mind and emotions, then our spirit, which best communes with God.
I had heard a poem that Eve was made from Adam's rib, so the two sexes could work side by side. We compliment each other. God does not see levels of importance in our service to Him. Society made the distinction. Deborah in Judges 4 and 5 (about 1150 B.C.) warned Barak that if she went into battle with him, he would receive no glory. He didn't seem to care, but wanted her with him.
Other women in the Bible did have a man's connection for their service, like Noah's wife, Sarah with Abraham, Mose's sister, Miriam and Esther. We could look at this as cooperation, which God wants, as well. Women helped in Jesus ministry. Five women are drawn out specifically in Jesus lineage, because of their faith- Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. Leah, although not mentioned specifically in the lineage, was mother to Judah. Leah, was not beautiful in Jacob's eyes; he loved Rachel. God used Leah, who also ended up being Joseph and Benjamen's mother, as Rachel died in childbirth with Benjamen.
The limits on women in the Church universal are man-made. Assemblies of God formed one hundred years ago. People may view this fellowship as conservative. I did when I first came in contact with this church. I thought women weren't in leadership. I found out that since its inception, women have been ordained. My theory is the women don't have to fight for power, like they may feel in other denominations, which is why women serve with no fan fare. They do their job like any person called of God.
God looks at the heart of service and obedience. He does not look at our sex or skin color. He created this world with differences as He is creative. He loves variety. We should not be judged by our outward differences, but by our abilities and content of character.
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