Happy 101st International Women's Day!
International Women’s Day occurs annually on March 8th. I think it is pretty cool that the first female director to win an Oscar, Kathryn Bigelow, received her award (depending on your time zone) on this day where much of the world pauses to celebrate and give thanks to and for women.
My first thought about the holiday this morning was the following blessing:
Blessed are You, Lord our God, for seeing man’s aloneness and creating woman, a partner of equal strength, to reflect Your glory alongside us.
As I’ve thought more about it today, I decided that it would be fun to point out some women that might not be on your biblical radar, but should be. This will probably serve as a preview of an upcoming series entitled What Did Women Do? (unabashedly stolen from Scot McKnight) where we journey through the Story of God together and see, well, What Did Women actually Do in the story? What roles did they play?
Some Special Women in the Bible:
- Miriam – prophet and leader of the nation in singing praise to God
- Deborah – Chief Executive of Israel
- Huldah – Prophet to whom other prophets came to have their word from the Lord confirmed.
- Mary – mother of Jesus, influential in the writing of several NT books (Luke, James, & perhaps Jude)
- Junia – according to the apostle Paul, “outstanding among the apostles“
- Priscilla – teacher of Scripture and theology in the early church
Finally, I will conclude with one of my favorite statements in Scripture, that comes from the earliest days of the church and that, in my not-so-humble opinion anyway, has not been heard with its full force since the earliest days of Christianity.
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians–we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”
But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ (Acts 2:1-21 ESV, emphasis mine)
in HIS love,