Greetings to the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, Holy Angels and saints in Christ. I continued reading today in order to discover the extent of Jesus’ interactions with women and found quite a number of references. Jesus often engaged women in discussion, sometimes to the point of debate in order to hear what they were thinking. He did so to show love and concern, correct misconceptions and to teach the lesson to His church. Here are a few examples:
1. The woman from Canaan (Mt 15:22-28),

I spoke about her yesterday, but discovered that Matthew gave a detailed conversation that Jesus held with her that was almost banter and debate. When I read Matthew’s account, I almost felt as if I was watching a scene in a popular sitcom:

Narrator: And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts

Woman: “Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.”

(But he answered her not a word.)

Disciples: (begging): “Send her away; for she crieth after us”.

Jesus: “But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel”

Woman: (worshipping) “Lord, help me!”

Jesus: “It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.

Audience: (gasping) Oooooh!

Woman: “Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”

Jesus: “O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.”
2. The woman caught in the act of adultery (John 8: 1-11)

Jesus was busy teaching the people in the temple when there was a sudden uproar. A woman was dragged in by some of the Scribes and Pharisees. They pushed her down on the floor in front of Him. As she knelt there with tears streaming down her face and hanging down her head, the ringleader said:

Ringleader: (emphatically) “This woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?”

Group: (becoming excited, waiting for Jesus to speak).

Jesus stooped down, and wrote on the ground with his finger, as though he had not heard them. Since they couldn’t see, no one paid attention to His actions and they continued to pester Him. The crowd was beginning to laugh and titter.

Jesus (raising up from the ground): “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”

Pharisees and Scribes, seeing what He had written, begin to shift uneasily. Oh Oh! And again He stooped down, and wrote on the ground. The crowd was roaring with laughter by now. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

(what on earth did He possibly write? Can you guess?)

Jesus (lifted up himself, and sees noone but the woman): “Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?”

Woman (sniffing and relieved): “No man, Lord”

Jesus: “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more”

Jesus refused to condemn her on a matter of principle. Where was the man she was found with and after all, the scribes and Pharisees themselves were sinners (maybe He had written about their own adulteries on the ground).
3. Mary and Martha (Jn 11: 20-40)

Jesus held a long conversation with Martha about the resurrection in order to teach her that He could do what He said.
4. The Samaritan woman/adulterer (Jn 4: 1-30

Jesus engaged her in a long discussion to hear her opinion and to teach truth to her. He also used her to teach His church the following:

* He does not support segregation
* The true meaning of worship
* Evangelism strategies
* The gospel of reconciliation (the Samaritans claimed Jacob as their father – http://cf.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G4541&Version=kjv)
* Ways to operate in spiritual gifts (he functioned in the word of Knowledge, evangelism, teaching, healing).
* You only need one radical conversion to win a city
* He functioned in the prophetic ministry so the Samaritans could believe (v 41-42).

Blessings until next time!

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