The Woman in Christ

 

        The first thing that man knows about woman is what the Bible tells how woman was formed from the rib of Adam.  The Bible says: “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and God took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.  Then the rib which God took from man, He made into a woman and He brought her to the man.   And Adam said: “this is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”  Therefore a man shall leave father and mother and shall be joined unto his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 

 

          Adam felt lonely as he was in paradise and badly needed to have a help mate.  God knew what Adam needed then He created a woman and brought to Adam.  That was the first best and most beautiful gift that Adam received.  Adam loved that gift and named her EVE because she was the mother of all living.   At first God’s wisdom wanted Adam to experience the bitterness of loneliness that he may love and appreciate the fellowship of a helpmate.  So, her presence in the life of Adam was received with eagerness.  Now he had a companion with whom he could have fellowship.  Eve completed the desires of Adam.  God created her so wisely as to give him children to fill the universe, until death sets them apart.

 

At first both Adam and Eve in paradise were obedient to God.  They lived happily in paradise, every thing was sweet as God gave them authority over all creation, until Eve sinned by disobeying God.  Thus, she brought the wrath of God upon her husband and herself.  Since then Adam looked down at Eve. Sin entered into the world and turned things upside down. Their happiness turned over into misery because of their disobedience to God.

 

This situation remained in the world for ages and ages until the fullness of God’s plan and time has come, God managed to have another woman the Virgin Mary brought into the world that man through the seed of the Second Eve may have SALVATION through her Son only begotten Son of God.  Afterwards man bowed before the Woman. 

 

Therefore we understand that obedience to God is the beginning of Wisdom.  God ordained wives to submit to their husbands: “Women submit yourselves unto your own husbands as unto the Lord.  For the man is the head of the woman.  Even, as Christ is the head of the Church.  And He is the Savior of the body.   As such, women must submit unto their husbands in everything.”

 

Godly women adorned themselves with godliness, as the Holy Scriptures say in “For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands.” 1 Peter 3:5: 

Sarah obeyed her husband Abraham and called him master.  Oh, how beautiful for a woman to adorn herself with that pacific and kind spirit which God blesses and appreciates greatly.

 

          There are many examples of those Holy women In the Bible, like Queen Esther who feared the Lord and God gave her enough wisdom to save her people from annihilation.  Also Ruth the Moabite woman who is the model of loyalty, and sacrifice.  Also, Deborah who was a judge in Israel and who saved by her wise planning, the soldiers of God from being killed.

 

          But God honored women in that He embodied this honor in the person “the Virgin Mary” the Second Eve. For Humanity’s First woman, Eve, brought damnation to mankind but humanity’s Second woman, the Virgin Mary brought Salvation through her Only Son Jesus.  This upraised the rank of women in the mind of the Church and Men as St. Paul says:  “Never the less, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman is independent of man, in the Lord.” 1 Cor. 11:11.  Man and woman are the same before God.  We are all one in Christ Jesus.

 

          Despite the existence of some holy women in the Old Testament, yet before the light of Christianity shone in the world, the lives of women were darkened by mistreatment and oppression.   In the days of the Romans, for example, women were treated nastily, in that they were not permitted to talk in the society of men.  She was obliged to cover her mouth with a mask, and was not allowed to go to schools.  The Greeks considered the woman as a piece of matter that is bought or sold.   Man had the authority over the woman and the right to condemn her to death or grant her life as he pleased. She was named as the filthiness of the Devil.   In Turkey they did not give her the right to give an opinion in any matter.  In India they deprived women from entering the Temple like pigs and dogs they considered them liars and filthy.  And for her purification, a woman had to wash the feet of her husband and drink that water as he was considered to be her god and priest.

 

          The Buddist thanks his god for three things 1- That he was not born in Hell.  2-   That he was not born an insect.   3- That he was not born a woman. 

 

That was among heathens, but in the age of the Mosaic Law the position of the woman was different:  Women participated in the temple music.  She did all of the house duties, agricultural work in the fields, like Ruth who used to pick up the leftovers of the reaping season in Boas field.   And like Rachel who took care of shepherding her father’s sheep and cattle. And in drawing water from common wells.  Reference to that is the biblical story of the servant of Abraham who went to choose a bride from the girls who went out to draw water from the well.

And in holding the spindle المغزل knitting wool with willing hands as is mentioned about the virtual woman in Proverbs 31:10 to 31.

 

          In the New Testament period, i.e. in the age of Grace, we see the position of the woman completely changed to the best.  For in Christ the woman has the first honor in that the word of God was born of a woman.  And in His death He died for the sake of a woman in as much as He died for the sake of man.  For Man and Woman in Christ are one.

 

          The woman has become the core and essential center in the building of the family in the first place.  Then in rearing the children in the fear of God and in planting the seed of faith in their hearts, then in taking care of the house duties.  Not to forget teaching the entire household how to pray; for it is in prayer that the individual and the family have the blessings of God and His guidance.   No matter how much the responsibility is upon the shoulders of a woman, it is in a faithful prayer that she can accomplish all her important duties.

 

          A Woman plays a great role in the sacrificing love in which she gives herself to her family without any kind of reimbursement because her sacrifice  springs from her loving heart.

 

          A virtuous woman is that woman who is the wife, and the mother, and the sister, and the beloved of her husband at the same time.   She is the one who also plays a great role in the life of her children in taking good care of their bringing up; in spending the night awake for the sake of their healing, and in spending good time in educating them; in addition to their daily studies to teach them the faith and the fear of God that the fruits of the Spirit may bud in them and yield good fruits abundantly.   This is how the whole family benefits, henceforth the Church and society.  Remembering always that “unless the Lord builds up the house, in vain does the builders build.”  Ps. 127:1

 

This is the role of the righteous woman who ia described in the book of Proverbs.  The holy Bible says:” “Who can find a virtuous wife for her worth is far beyond rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her so he will have no lack of gain.  She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. (Proverbs 31: 10 – 12 and in verse 27 it reads   “she watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.  Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all. Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing , but a woman who fears the Lord shall be praised “ 

 

          The description of the virtuous woman springs from her exceeding love to her Creator.  Love is the pushing power behind her doing all of her duties.  For we are created after the image and likeness of God, and God is love.

         

In addition to all of that we should never forget what God has given us; I mean the responsibility towards our children with regards to His Commandments, teaching and law which the Lord ordered us to observe. (Deuteronomy chapter 6 and verse 4 where He says: “Hear O Israel :( the people of God) The Lord our God, the Lord is one you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.  you shall teach them diligently to your children,  and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up  you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be like frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the door posts of your house and on your gates.”

 

          God our Lord asked us to do whatever He commanded us to do if we love Him.

Our Lord Jesus is the Light of the world.  As well, we are the light of the world as long as Jesus dwells within us and as long as we do good deeds according to His will, and as long as we work hard to spread the word of God. 

For as the tree carries fruits of its kind, so is the believer who obeys the Lord will yield the fruits of the Holy Spirit that dwells in him. 

          Jesus says: “I am the vine and you are the branches.  He who abides in Me, and I in him bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5+6    The fruits that Jesus is talking about are the fruits of the Holy Spirit; which are:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, honesty, and humility.   The branch that does not yield these fruits is good only for fire.  But the branch that yields these fruits, God will prune it and takes care of it that it may give more fruit. And God will honor him. 

 

          And thus my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we have to submit ourselves to the will of God that “in all things we may show ourselves to be a pattern of good works, in doctrine showing integrity reverence and incorruptibility.” Titus 2:7+8  

 

And the God of peace be with you all.

 

Helen Saleh