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:

Hebrew Scriptures:

Greek Scriptures:

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,
nick

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About Nick Gill

orphan-poet-adoptee-soldier-prodigal-servant-husband- counselor-desperate seeker after my Father's face "I feel my body weakened by the years as people turn to gods of cruel design. Is it that they fear the pain of death, or is it that they fear the joy of life?" - Toad the Wet Sprocket

Posted on 8 March, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Favorite Bible woman? Not sure, but I heard a lesson on Martha last night and couldn’t stop thinking about how much I like her–and get her.
    LOVE that statement of faith when Lazarus has died. Are there any men saying that kind of thing about Jesus at that point? She seems so ahead of the curve. So wise.

  2. All these women, including Martha & Anna, we studied in a series of Women of the Bible that I taught last year. VERY interesting! I tried to hit even the obscure women, some without even mention of their names in the Bible. Some teach us what NOT to do! You’re so sweet, Nick, to be such a supporter and fan of women. šŸ™‚

  3. I love how the very first person to preach the good news about Jesus was a woman – John 4.

  4. I like Lydia…

    On a completely unrelated note: I’ve always wanted someone to “rise up and call [me] blessed.” Which, I’m sure they all three will, eventually… just probably not with the desired connotation!

  5. Nick I love ur blog. I want to commend you for your work. I do want to point out that i have on my blog an article on Huldah. She was amazing woman.

    • Thanks, Bobby – I’m trying to grow šŸ™‚

      I really appreciate the book list you posted on the GP list. Let me know if you want any help reviewing them.

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