The Woman Question

The Woman Question

In today's video/post we are going to answer the woman's question. Women, and men alike wonder if women can be called to be in the five-fold [apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher] or speak in church? Let'd start by first understanding how God created man and woman.

Adam and Eve were created equal.
In the book of Genesis before Satan, Adam and Eve were all cursed due to their sin on earth, Adam and Eve did not rule over one another. The curse of Eve and Adam doesn't change the fact that God created Adam and Eve equal. Rather, it changed Eve's authority. Instead of ruling beside her husband, her husband now had authority to rule over her. We know that Adam & Eve were created equal by reading Genesis 1:27
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." 
What is the image of God? We know from reading the whole bible; God is just, holy, love, righteous, kind [Jeremiah]. In Genesis 1:26 we read: 
"Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 
The image of God is also one that had authority. God had given both Adam & Eve authority to rule. We know this from reading Genesis 2:18-25, it reads: 
“The Lord God said, It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature,that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh;she shall be called ‘woman,’for she was taken out of man.”That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame." 
What this is saying is that Adam needed help to do the job God had given him. God caused Adam to fall in a deep sleep and took something from the man to make him less, and created a woman and gave her what was missing from the man to make her more. By Adam having a little less and Eve having a little more they were a perfect fit [like a puzzle piece]. When people read Genesis 2:18-15 they look at Eve being a helper, as being a slave. If you were working in Corporate America as a Senior Manager with a staff of 5,000 individual contributors and 15 managers in which you were responsible for all your direct reports performance reviews, hiring, firing for of 5,015 employees, plus hitting goals; And if your company says we recognize that you have been doing the job of three Senior Managers, we are going to add another senior manager to payroll to help you and your department, you would be excited! Both you and the Senior Manager have the same title, equal pay, but that person was hired to help you as the workload is too much for you to do alone.
What's interesting is that after Adam and Eve sinned and are cursed. God doesn't remove the extra he made Eve with from Adam, and nor does he add what he removed from Adam and made Eve with and give it back to Adam. Why?

Now that we understand that both man and woman were created equal before the curse of Adam and Eve. Let's see how the curse due to their sin affected Adam & Eve, man and woman, and husband and wife.
  • 1 Timothy 2:8-16 I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works. Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control
  • 1 Corinthians 11:3-6 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head  [note: Paul is saying that Jesus is the covering of the man's head]. But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head [note: Paul is saying that wife's covering is her husband], for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved. For if a woman is not covered [Note: Paul is saying if a wife is not covered by her husband], let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered
  • 1 Corinthians 14:33-35 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says [Note: regarding the Law of Moses read Mark 7:1-13]. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.
After reading this we can see that Paul is saying that the woman, meaning Eve was deceived and not Adam. Thus, Adam, or man, or the husband should rule over their wives even at church. Paul's suggestion is that women should allow their head [their own husband] to teach them, as their husband is being taught by his head, Christ. Note: In 1 Corinthians 11, and 14 Paul doesn't say the Lord told him that he is against women/wives speaking in church or prophesying without their husband. Paul said that it's his suggestion, not the Lord's. After reading 1 Corinthians 14:33-35 you may think that Paul is against women, wives but when we read the scriptures below, you'll see that he supports women serving in church. His suggestion was that women should not speaking in church. Once again he doesn't say that the Lord said so [Example: 1 Corinthians 7:12-16]. You will also find that his comment "it is shameful for a woman to speak in church," is based on the Law but not the Law of Moses because it doesn't save it is unlawful in the Law of Moses to speak over mean or rule. If that's the case then in Micah 6:4 does God say through the prophet Micah to Israel "For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam." Miriam is Aaron's and Moses's sister and she was a prophetess. We will read about more women leaders in the bible shortly. Paul's advice was great advice for the church during his days, because the law of the land [not the Law of Moses] was that women should not speak in church. In Romans 13:1-7 Paul tells us "Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.


Paul is not against women serving in church
  • Romans 16:1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well.
  • 2 Timothy 1:5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.
  • Titus 2:3-5 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
  • Acts 18:26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him and explained to him the way of God more accurately.
  • Matthew 27:55-56 There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him, among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

Scriptures that speak about equality
  • Genesis 1:27: "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." 
  • Galatians 3:26-29 For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.
  • Luke 10:38-42 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
Women in the bible who had leadership positions and spoke inside/outside of a church setting
  • Genesis 2:18-25 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature,that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh;she shall be called ‘woman,’for she was taken out of man.”That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
  • Exodus 15:20 Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing.
  • Micah 6:4 For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
  • Judges 4:4-5 Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the people of Israel came up to her for judgment.
  • Judges 5:7 The villagers ceased in Israel; they ceased to be until I arose; I, Deborah, arose as a mother in Israel.
  • Judges 4:14 And Deborah said to Barak, “Up! For this is the day in which the Lord has given Sisera into your hand. Does not the Lord go out before you?” So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with 10,000 men following him.
  • 2 Kings 22:14 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe (now she lived in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter), and they talked with her.
  • Isaiah 8:3 And I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then the Lord said to me, “Call his name Maher-shalal-hash-baz;
  • Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.
  • 2 Chronicles 34:22 So Hilkiah and those whom the king had sent went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tokhath, son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe (now she lived in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter) and spoke to her to that effect.
  • Luke 2:36-38 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.
  • Acts 2:17-18 “‘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.
  • Acts 21:9 He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied.
Teaching during biblical days
In biblical times male tenagers would be a disciple of a teacher of the Law of Moses. The male who were usually married, like our grandparents and grandparents used to get married at 17, people back in those days were getting married at 12 and 13. The husband was responsible for making sure his family followed the Law of Moses and knew the law of Moses. This is why Jesus's followers were called disciples, and why they often called him teacher. He did teach the Law of Moses (up until that point, the New Testament hadn't been written). However, the concept of discipleship did not begin nor did it end with Jesus, as it was a custom of the Jewish people. This is why Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 11:1 "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ." This why I am giving you this information is so that you can really understand what God says through the prophet Malachi in Malachi 2:13-16 "Another thing you do: You flood the Lord’s altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer looks with favor on your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands. You ask, “Why?” It is because the Lord is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant. Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring.So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth. “The man who hates and divorces his wife,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “does violence to the one he should protect,” says the Lord Almighty. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful."