Women and the Tabernacle
No woman was given service in the tabernacle, Women were not moved by the Holy Spirit to write or interpret scripture. Women had a different role both in the Old and New Testament.
Leadership that involves teaching is a gift with authority, and has been reserved for men, since the beginning of time.
Adam taught His wife not to eat the fruit in the garden. God used the men to pass on this information, but Eve understood the command as touch it, and eat it, when she talked with the serpent. Women were created as suitable helper for the men.
“The Lord God said, it is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
Teaching God’s Word is an authority role, and the man has authority in the role, God has established him so.
With the fall of mankind, sin entered the world and both man and the woman fall under sins curse. The woman who began to operate outside of mans leadership and authority, when she talked with the serpent set a trend for her life under the old sin nature thereafter. When cursing the woman the Lord says to the woman:
“Your desire (to rule him) will be for your husband and he will rule over you.”
The woman’s role is one of submission and responder to the man.
The following scriptures state this. In this role she is completely protected.
“Wives submit to your husbands as to the Lord, for the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church’
1 Timothy 2:11-14
“A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one who was deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.”
1 Corinthians 11:10
“A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but the woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman came from man; neither was man created for woman, but the woman for man. For this reason and because of the angels a woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head.
In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of women. For as women came from man so man comes from woman. But everything comes from God ---But if a woman has long hair, it is her glory. For long hair is given her as her covering. If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice-nor do the churches of God”
Women can have a divinely appointed teaching leadership role to women.
“I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam.”
The draw backs and traps to both male and female leadership.
Miriam and Aaron both slandered and maligned Moses behind his back, because he had married an Ethiopian woman. Moses was the most humble man on the face of the earth, as the scriptures say:
“Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than any anyone else on the face of the earth. ---- When a prophet of the Lord is among you, I reveal myself in visions; I speak to him in dreams. But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all of my house. With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles, he sees the form of the Lord”
Women are very able and more often in touch with God, but ability does indicate gift. Many women throughout the scriptures were truly great, but only as they were responders to the Lords role, in which they were divinely appointed and placed.
Instructions for women are given in many passages of scripture and are responder submissive roles.
1 Peter 3:1-7
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewellery and fine clothes. Instead it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
Is clear from the Epistles that the gifts of overseer\elder and deacons are leadership gifts and are directed towards a male role.
1 Timothy 3:1-13
1 Timothy 5:1-15
A women’s gifts are in their marriage, having and bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.”
By operating outside their divinely appointed role gives the Devil an opportunity to slander Christ’s Church and to give Satan a foothold.
“I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander.”
“Older women can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, be self controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind and subject to their husbands. So that no one will malign the word of God.”
Regardless of their divinely appointed roles, both can be submissive and responders to the Lord.
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ—Wives submit to your husbands as to the Lord-Husbands love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her.”
“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and give His life for many.”
Marriage is only a temporary role and not eternal.
“At the resurrection people will neither marry, nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.”
The Privilege of the Church
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ.”
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