Women in Ministry Series: The First Ministers

I feel this will be one of the most interesting Sunrise series thus far; and by far one of the most controversial. We want to spend the next two weeks looking into the women's ministry. Can a woman preach? What about dress code? What does the scripture say concerning the woman and the man? Let’s take a look into God’s mind concerning the woman. Let us remember that God’s mind is always revealed in and never contradicted by the scriptures.

Let us start from the beginning.

Genesis 1:26

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

When we look at God’s original intent for humanity, we see that He made mankind to rule and reign over all His earthly creations. He made mankind in His image (we will look into this later on). The image of God did not solely relate to the physical appearance of humanity, but also to their responsibility. Notice the colon after the word “likeness” in Genesis 1:26? It means an explanation is going to follow. Apparently, the explanation of being made in God’s image and likeness is the fact that mankind would have dominion and responsibility over all creation.

Important to note, at the end of it all, God included the woman in this responsibility, so that she too would have dominion. In fact, she would share in the same dominion as the man.

Gen 2:18

And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

Many of us have taken this to mean that Adam was simply lonely, and needed emotional and sexual gratification, but this was not the only truth. The scripture said that Adam needed a help meet. The word “meet” means suitable. He needed suitable help with the labor he had to do. He needed assistance. Thus, God made the woman to be a wife to the man, and to also equally share in the responsibility God gave to Adam in the first place.

Thus, in the beginning the woman shared in carrying out the God given responsibilities. She worked the ministry (carrying out the commandments of God). This is not hard to comprehend because she was simply an extension of Adam. Consider this crazy analogy. What if your leg is disconnected from your body and grows into another person. Wouldn’t you consider that person yourself? Likewise, Eve was the bone of Adam who had grown into a female. She was Adam (Gen 5:2). Hence Adam said...

Genesis 2:23-25

And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Adam and Eve were one. They were same. They were even comfortable being naked around each other, because as far as they were concerned they were one person. Even as we are not afraid/ashamed of our own bodies, they were not ashamed of each other, because they both were one man.

Thus we see the woman in the beginning carrying out the same God-given functions as the man. It is important to start here, because this reality changed when man fell (ate the forbidden fruit). Nevertheless, it is important to concretize in your minds, the original intent for the woman, so that when Christ comes on the scene to reverse the works of satan, we will not be alarmed at the fact that God has called the woman reclaim her place, in the work of the ministry.


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