Does God Hate Women? (Y1.T1.D13) - Extra
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.
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)
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)
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).
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