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In The End, More Women Were There For Jesus Than Men

Last Wednesday, we talked in class about how the world thinks the Bible views women as unimportant and practically doormats. The truth is, the Bible does not see them that way at all. In fact, women were to have some key roles in His life.
The first time we see a woman involved in Jesus’ life is in Luke 1:26-38. This is when God sends the angel, Gabriel to Mary to tell her about Jesus, the baby she is carrying. God could have chosen to bring Jesus into the world any way He wanted but He chose to do it through the birth of a woman; a human woman, whom Gabriel calls, “favored one”.
In verse 35, Gabriel also tells her that the Holy Spirit will come upon her. At this time, no one that I know of had the Holy Spirit come upon them, so this was very special. And to think it happened to a woman.
Another example is in Mark 5:24-34, where a woman, who had suffered with a hemorrhage for 12 years, despite many doctors’ attempts, came to Jesus. She believed that if she just touched His cloak, she would be healed. She came up behind Him amidst a large crowd and as soon as she touched His cloak, “she sensed that the affliction was healed”. Jesus felt the power leave Him and began looking around and asking who touched Him. At first, she was afraid to answer because women were not regarded that highly back then and she was afraid of what might happen. Jesus was not angry with her but praised her for such strong faith, and even called her “daughter”.
This was not the only female that Jesus helped that day. Just before He healed the woman with the hemorrhage, a synagogue official, named Jairus, approached Jesus and fell at His feet. Mark 5:23 says that the official “implored Him earnestly, saying, ‘My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live.'”
Jesus agreed to help this little girl, when at that time and in some countries around the world today, the only people less important than women are little girls; however, Jesus had compassion for this man and his daughter.
He was interrupted by the woman with the hemorrhage and after healing her, people from the official’s house came and told him that his daughter had died and not to bother Jesus anymore. Verse 36 tells us that He overheard what they said and told the official to, “…not be afraid any longer, only believe.”
So, He took Peter, James and John and went to the synagogue official’s house and according to verse 38, “He saw a commotion and people loudly weeping and wailing. And entering in, He said to them, ‘Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is asleep.’
5:40-“They began laughing at Him. But putting them all out, He took along the child’s father and mother and His own companions, and entered the room where the child was.
5:41-“Taking the child by the hand, He said to her, ‘Talitha kum!’ (which translated means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!’)”
5:42-“Immediately the girl got up and began to walk, for she was twelve years old. And immediately they were completely astounded.”
5:43-“And he gave strict orders that no one should know about this , and He said that something should be given to her to eat.”
If Jesus thought little of women and little girls, why did he stop and heal this woman and bring the little girl back to life? He cared for every human being, male or female. In Acts 10:34, Peter says, “I most certainly understand that God shows no partiality.” Romans 2:11 also quotes, “For there is no partiality with God.”
The claims that people make today about the Bible showing no respect to women or showing them in a bad light are simply not true. Women had a part in Jesus’ life and certainly in His death. Who was at the cross when Jesus was crucified? The disciple John was there but Matthew 27 tells us that Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee were looking on and had been ministering to Him. They had provided food and provisions for Him in His life.
Lastly, who came to prepare Jesus’ body for burial with spices on the morning He had risen from the dead? In Mark 16:1, we find that “…Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices so that they might come and anoint Him.”
In the end, women were there for Jesus in His life and they were there for Him in His death. I believe He knew that God made us this way and accepted our nurturing ways, nurturing us in return. We can feel special, knowing that Jesus gave loving attention to women as well as men.

Adam and Eve Grieved the Loss of a Child

By:
Holly Green

Paul’s Adventures In The Gospel-Painful Progress

These are my notes on our class on Paul’s Adventures in the gospel

Acts 13:13-52

*Events                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  *Insights

MO-go to the synagogue                                                                                                                                                                                              Unexpected results

Sermon-God’s work in Israel, David came, Son,                                                                                                                                                           Boldness

John the baptist’s preaching highly regarded                                                                                                                                             Success and Opposition go hand in hand (more…)

Philemon-The Social Order Of The World

These are my notes from lesson 4-which I somehow skipped.

*Philemon’s challenge: to go above and beyond-to be just and merciful.  Philemon was known for his love, faith and encouragement.  The gospel keeps digging deeper into us-we never get there.

*The role of Paul: mediator, advocate vs10, 19 payer of debt, like Christ.

Most of the slaves were owned by wealthy, poor sometimes had 1 or 2 slaves-were like a Rolls Royce (more…)

“When God Tests Our Sincerity” by Bob Harkrider

Day 25 of the 2011 Wordcount Blogathon and I have barely slid a few posts in after 11 p.m. but I got them in before midnight.  I think that still counts.  I have been successful, so far in posting every day but have to admit a failure of mine.  We had a gospel meeting this past weekend and I kept trying to copy the ad on the reminder email I received, but every time I tried to paste it onto a blog post, it would not work.  I kept holding out until I could get it right an chose not to just type (more…)

Philemon Class Lesson 7

Day 14 of the 2011 Wordcount Blogathon and I’m still going strong.

These are my notes on the next class on Philemon. If you are ever in the Northern Virginia area on a Wednesday night, come visit us a Dulles Church of Christ and join us in our class on Philemon.

Philemon class lesson 7

Things Paul did to influence Philemon

-Calls him a brother
-Thanks God for him
-Prays for him, praises his positive quality
-Compliments the saints being refreshed in him
-Calls him brother again
-Tells him he has confidence in him to do what is right before telling him what he needs to do
-Chooses to appeal to him rather than order because he knows Philemon will do it
-Calls Onesimus his child, tells him on. is useful, says to both of them–goes over the facts
-Says he is sending his very heart
-Brings attention to his consent so he could have his own free will
-Offers a reason why he left, so he could have him back as a brother
-Appeals to partnership and asks him to accept On. as a brother
-Offers to pay debt

Ineffective things he could have done

-be demanding
-no justification of past wrongs
– no ref. to the relationship
-no explain of past or future
-no support
-beat around the bush
-leaves it open to Philemon
– doesn’t send him back

Principles for an effective approach

*An appeal, not a demand, is always more powerful
*Appealing to someone’s noble side is more effective than scolding
*There has to be a bridge to expect much of a result
*The appropriate forum is important when the appeal is made
-don’t confuse public and private
-don’t be formal when a personal approach is needed

Paul’s Adventures In The Gospel Acts 18, 19

These are my notes on our class on Paul’s Adventures

Acts 18:14-19:10
*Events.                  *Insight
Apollos                Take aside (more…)

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