Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Role of Women in Christian prophecy

The Bible is fond of a metaphor for the church of Christ: a
body. Inside of us are individual parts that either
function well or do not.

Unfortunately, for one reason or another, the controversy
over the role women have in church leadership still exists.
While this is a debate within the church, it is clear:
there are many examples of Bishops and Elders of the church
inside of the Bible.

What about Christian prophecy?

There is also controversy over the roles of women as
prophetesses. Again, the Bible - by far clearest voice of
the authority of God in the church - is crystal-clear on
the role of Christian prophecy for women. God wants women
in prophetic roles. He knows that there is a place for them.

God placed women in roles as prophetesses in the Old
Testament.

Here is a (short) list of prophetic roles for women in the
Bible:

Miriam:

And Miriam the Prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a
timbrel in her hand; and all the women out after her with
timbrels and with dances.
And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the Lord, for he hath
triumphted gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he
thrown into the sea.
-Exodus 15: 20-11

Deborah:

And Deborah, a Prophetess, the wife of Lapridoth, she
judged Israel at the time.
And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah
and Beth-el in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel
came up to her for judgment.
-Judges 4:45

Huldah

So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahihm, and Achbor,and Shaphan,
and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the Prophetess, the wife of
Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Hnrhas, keeper of the
wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jeritsalein in college);
and they communed with her.
I1 Kings 2234

New Testament Prophetesses:

Anna:

And there was one Anna, a Prophetess, the daughter of
Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and
had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;
And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years,
which departed not from the temple, but served God with
feelings and prayers night and day.
And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto
the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for
redemption in Jerusalem.
-Luke 2: 36-38

It is clear, there is a Biblical precedent for women inside
of prophetic roles within the church of God. Christian
prophecy should fully include women into the body of
Christ. The church of Christ is a body, and the body should
have every joint in place. Women are - by far—the
large untapped resource to bring the glory of God unto the
church. This is true of almost every single denomination,
church, small group and family; each of these groups should
give women a robust role in Christian prophecy within the
church. If it is true (and it is) that the church is a body
then half of the body is not being used like it should be.
Let us energize this important half of the body of Christ
in the role of the Christian body; galvanizing women into
prophetic roles whenever the Holy Spirit calls.


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