• TeMah LoraLee

Wix Image

 

No. God does not hate women. How could he when he is love (1 John 4:8).


God has no preferences for nationality, status, or gender. Galatians 3:28 states: "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus."


So why do so many people think the Bible is anti-woman?


To begin with, most people have never read the entire Bible, and as a result, they often take verses out of context. Similarly, as humans, we apply our ideas about nationality, status, and gender to the words of God.


Consider the passage from Leviticus today. The laws said a woman would be "unclean" during her menstrual cycle, as well as after she gives birth. This can seem offensive if we remove the lens of God's love for all people.


When reading the Bible, it's good to remember God authored it (2 Timothy 3:16), and he is not a man—human—like us (Numbers 23:19). His thoughts aren't low or petty but higher and better than ours (Isaiah 55:8).


His Word is all about love and inclusion. The word "unclean" doesn't refer to something "unworthy" but rather something "possibly contagious." Remember, some people—even today—live in tents in a desert where hygiene is critical to survival. Blood is messy, and when not properly handled, it can spread diseases (this is the same with all fluids that come from the human body, and the Levitical law deals with all such discharges).


But some will say that doesn't explain why a woman is only considered unclean for seven days when she gives birth to a boy, yet with a girl, she's unclean for two weeks. So doesn't that mean a boy is better than a girl?


No. It means a boy is different from a girl.


Sadly, humans—both men and women—tend to rate our differences, then unduly use these ratings to discriminate. We do it with gender. We do it with race. We do it with status. But with God’s help, we can rise above all of that.


In reality, the law required boys to be circumcised—a painful procedure not required for girls (which honestly could lead someone to believe the Bible is anti-man). This covenant ceremony was something a God of love wouldn't want a boy's mother to miss as she healed from childbirth. There is love in this if we are willing to consider God's laws aren't meant to divide or deny but to protect.


We are all important to God. He does not hate anyone. And even while he hates our actions at times (Proverbs 6:16–19), even those actions cannot separate us from his love (Romans 8:38–39).


For God so Loved the World


21 When eight days were fulfilled for the circumcision of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. (Luke 2:21)


1 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘If a woman conceives, and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean seven days; as in the days of her monthly period she shall be unclean. 3 In the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. 4 She shall continue in the blood of purification thirty-three days. She shall not touch any holy thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying are completed. 5 But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her period; and she shall continue in the blood of purification sixty-six days.


6 “‘When the days of her purification are completed for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring to the priest at the door of the Tent of Meeting, a year old lamb for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon or a turtledove, for a sin offering. 7 He shall offer it before Yahweh, and make atonement for her; then she shall be cleansed from the fountain of her blood.


“‘This is the law for her who bears, whether a male or a female. 8 If she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two turtledoves or two young pigeons: the one for a burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering. The priest shall make atonement for her, and she shall be clean.’” (Leviticus 12:1–8)


22 When the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were fulfilled, they brought him up to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”


25 Behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 He came in the Spirit into the temple. When the parents brought in the child, Jesus, that they might do concerning him according to the custom of the law, 28 then he received him into his arms, and blessed God, and said,


29 “Now you are releasing your servant, Master,

according to your word, in peace;

30 for my eyes have seen your salvation,

31 which you have prepared before the face of all peoples;

32 a light for revelation to the nations,

and the glory of your people Israel.”


33 Joseph and his mother were marveling at the things which were spoken concerning him, 34 and Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary, his mother, “Behold, this child is set for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which is spoken against. 35 Yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”


36 There was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher (she was of a great age, having lived with a husband seven years from her virginity, 37 and she had been a widow for about eighty-four years), who didn’t depart from the temple, worshiping with fastings and petitions night and day. 38 Coming up at that very hour, she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of him to all those who were looking for redemption in Jerusalem. (Luke 2:22–38)


1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, 2 “Where is he who is born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east, and have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he asked them where the Christ would be born. 5 They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for this is written through the prophet, (Matthew 2:1–5)


1 Now you shall gather yourself in troops,

daughter of troops.

He has laid siege against us.

They will strike the judge of Israel with a rod on the cheek. (Micah 5:1)

Micah 5:2a, Matthew 2:6


2b whose goings out are from of old, from ancient times.

3 Therefore he will abandon them until the time that she who is in labor gives birth.

Then the rest of his brothers will return to the children of Israel.

4 He shall stand, and shall shepherd in the strength of Yahweh,

in the majesty of the name of Yahweh his God:

and they will live, for then he will be great to the ends of the earth. (Micah 5:2b–4)


8 Don’t rejoice against me, my enemy.

When I fall, I will arise.

When I sit in darkness, Yahweh will be a light to me. (Micah 7:8)

Meditation Moment


Dear God,


Thank You for forming my inmost being. Thank You for knitting me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). I love my race, my gender, my status, my life. I admit I don't always understand why You chose to place me in this set of circumstances, but my soul knows Your works are wonderful (Psalm 139:14). The thoughts You think about me are thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give me a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).


Amen.


Meditation Music Link

 

Is this the first time you're reading a blog from The Mosaic Bible Experience? Click to learn more.


To receive more content, remember to click Like and Subscribe.





Unsplash; "Faye Cornish"

 

Accepting Jesus as your Savior begins with repentance and confession.


After doing this the immediate physical reaction fills some with so much joy they dance and sing or run and shout. For others, the moment is reverent and silent, leading them to kneel or fall prostrate. For me, the relief of being right with God after years of disobedience had me shedding uncontrollable tears. And I believed the rest of my days I'd never again make another bad choice.


Easier said than done.


While I received a new zeal for life, distractions and temptations eventually pulled at me. And they still do at times, even with over forty years of commitment to my Lord.


That's because salvation isn't a magic button that erases our innate desire to please the flesh. As we close out this trimester, we will read what Paul shared with the church in Rome about his own struggles:


For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwells no good thing. For desire is present with me, but I don’t find it doing that which is good. For the good which I desire, I don’t do; but the evil which I don’t desire, that I practice. But if what I don’t desire, that I do, it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwells in me. I find then the law that, to me, while I desire to do good, evil is present. For I delight in God’s law after the inward person, but I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity under the law of sin which is in my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will deliver me out of the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ, our Lord! So then with the mind, I myself serve God’s law, but with the flesh, sin’s law. There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Romans 7:18–8:1)


You see, salvation is accepting and understanding that I'm incapable of living a holy life (always obeying the law) without assistance. Salvation is turning over the reins to a more capable driver.


So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if you live after the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God. For you didn’t receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God. (Romans 8:12–16)


In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don’t know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can’t be uttered. He who searches the hearts knows what is on the Spirit’s mind, because he makes intercession for the saints according to God. (Romans 8:26–27)


So whether we accepted Jesus as our Savior yesterday, this morning, or many years ago, we must participate in this intimate partnership with the God of the universe. Life after salvation consists of seeking him daily and yielding to his strength, wisdom, and direction.


I Choose Life Over Death


9 I was alive apart from the law once, but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 10 The commandment which was for life, this I found to be for death; 11 for sin, finding occasion through the commandment, deceived me, and through it killed me. 12 Therefore the law indeed is holy, and the commandment holy, and righteous, and good.


13 Did then that which is good become death to me? May it never be! But sin, that it might be shown to be sin, was producing death in me through that which is good; that through the commandment sin might become exceedingly sinful. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am fleshly, sold under sin. 15 For I don’t know what I am doing. For I don’t practice what I desire to do; but what I hate, that I do. 16 But if what I don’t desire, that I do, I consent to the law that it is good. 17 So now it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwells no good thing. For desire is present with me, but I don’t find it doing that which is good. 19 For the good which I desire, I don’t do; but the evil which I don’t desire, that I practice. 20 But if what I don’t desire, that I do, it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwells in me. 21 I find then the law that, to me, while I desire to do good, evil is present. 22 For I delight in God’s law after the inward person, 23 but I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity under the law of sin which is in my members. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will deliver me out of the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ, our Lord! So then with the mind, I myself serve God’s law, but with the flesh, sin’s law.


1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the law couldn’t do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh; 4 that the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace; 7 because the mind of the flesh is hostile toward God; for it is not subject to God’s law, neither indeed can it be. 8 Those who are in the flesh can’t please God. 9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if it is so that the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if any man doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ, he is not his. 10 If Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.


12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if you live after the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God. 15 For you didn’t receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”


16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God; 17 and if children, then heirs: heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him.


18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which will be revealed toward us. 19 For the creation waits with eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of decay into the liberty of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. 23 Not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in hope, but hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for that which he sees? 25 But if we hope for that which we don’t see, we wait for it with patience.


26 In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don’t know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can’t be uttered. 27 He who searches the hearts knows what is on the Spirit’s mind, because he makes intercession for the saints according to God. (Romans 7:9–8:27)

Meditation Moment


Dear God,


Thank You for rescuing me from sin and death. Thank You for sending me the Holy Spirit who guides me into all truth (John 16:13). I yield to the Spirit who helps my weaknesses, for I don’t know how to pray as I ought. Holy Spirit, thank You for making intercession for me through groanings that can’t be uttered (Romans 8:26). Give me guidance throughout my day.


Amen.


Meditation Music Link

 

Is this the first time you're reading a blog from The Mosaic Bible Experience? Click to learn more.


To receive more content, remember to click Like and Subscribe.




  • TeMah LoraLee

Pexels; "Anastasia Zhenina"

 

When Pilate asked the crowd who should receive a customary pardon, they chose Barabbas over Jesus.


Here's how the New World Encyclopedia breaks down today's passages:


John 18:40 calls Barabbas a lēstēs, "bandit." Luke refers to him as one involved in a stasis, a riot (Luke 23:19). Matthew says Barabbas was a "notorious prisoner." (Matthew 27:16) However, Mark (15:7) makes his crime more specific, saying that he committed murder in an insurrection.


Clearly, Barabbas was no mere robber, but was probably a leader of a group that had acted violently against Roman authority. Some scholars posit that he was a member of the Zealots or of the sicarii (dagger-men), militant Jews that sought to overthrow the Roman occupiers of their land by force.


Barabbas was a threat to Rome—and possibly the Sanhedrin, who had stirred up the crowd—while Jesus was an absolute threat. Remember what happened in John 11:47–48:


The chief priests therefore and the Pharisees gathered a council, and said, “What are we doing? For this man does many signs. If we leave him alone like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”


So while the governor hoped to release Jesus by offering up a more dangerous man, he was never going to win over the angry mob.


It’s interesting how much our lives mirror Barabbas'. We've all sinned and fallen short of God's glory (Romans 3:23). And that sin has placed a death sentence on our lives that Jesus accepted on our behalf (Romans 6:23).


Barabbas may or may not have accepted the free gift of eternal life that came with this exchange, but I have, and you can too. If you've never acknowledged the sin that separates you from God, it's not too late. A short prayer of salvation follows the verses below so you can receive the pardon offered to us all.


Unjustly Freed


13 Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought this man to me as one that perverts the people, and behold, having examined him before you, I found no basis for a charge against this man concerning those things of which you accuse him. 15 Neither has Herod, for I sent you to him, and see, nothing worthy of death has been done by him. 16 I will therefore chastise him and release him.” (Luke 23:13–16)

Matthew 27:15, Mark 15:6, Luke 23:17b-a, John 18:39b-a

Matthew 27:16, Mark 15:7


8 The multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do as he always did for them. (Mark 15:8)

Matthew 27:17, Mark 15:9, John 18:39c

Matthew 27:18, Mark 15:10


19 While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of him.” (Matthew 27:19)


Matthew 27:20, Mark 15:11


21a But the governor answered them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” (Matthew 27:21a)

Matthew 27:21a, Luke 23:18, John 18:40a


40b Now Barabbas was a robber. (John 18:40b)


19 one who was thrown into prison for a certain revolt in the city, and for murder.


20 Then Pilate spoke to them again, wanting to release Jesus, (Luke 23:19–20)

Matthew 27:22a, Mark 15:11

Matthew 27:22b–23, Mark 15:13–14, Luke 23:21–23a


24 So when Pilate saw that nothing was being gained, but rather that a disturbance was starting, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this righteous person. You see to it.”


25 All the people answered, “May his blood be on us and on our children!” (Matthew 27:24–25)


23b Their voices and the voices of the chief priests prevailed. 24 Pilate decreed that what they asked for should be done. (Luke 23:23b–24)

Matthew 27:26a, Mark 15:15a


25 He released him who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus up to their will. (Luke 23:25)

Matthew 27:26b, Mark 15:15b, John 19:1


13 Behold, my servant will deal wisely.

He will be exalted and lifted up,

and will be very high.

14 Just as many were astonished at you—

his appearance was marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men—

15 so he will cleanse many nations.

Kings will shut their mouths at him;

for they will see that which had not been told them,

and they will understand that which they had not heard. (Isaiah 52:13–15)

Meditation Moment


Dear God,


Have mercy on me, according to Your loving kindness and the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions (Psalm 51:1). Through faith, I come to You believing that You exist and reward those who seek You (Hebrews 11:6) which is what I am doing. Therefore I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in my heart You raised him from the dead. I fully accept Your promised salvation (Romans 10:9).


Amen.


Meditation Music Link

 

Is this the first time you're reading a blog from The Mosaic Bible Experience? Click to learn more.


To receive more content, remember to click Like and Subscribe.




3 views0 comments

DID YOU KNOW?

You can purchase low-price notebooks from this website to help support the creation of more content like this.