Our Daily Elder Devotional
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Today’s devotional comes from my heart.
God’s Intention for Women
God is our Ezer (helper). Helper does not mean a “go-for” – someone who you send for coffee, etc., no it means someone to lift you up and help you when you can’t do it yourself.
Psalm 30:10New King James Version (NKJV)
10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me;
Lord, be my helper!
God created woman as man’s Ezer (helper) and they are equals. Co-Image bearers of God.
Genesis 2:20-22New King James Version (NKJV)
20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
What we easily forget is that we were created equals until sin enters the world and God makes woman subject to the man.
Facts that are often neglected or not emphasized:
1. Jesus spoke first to Mary Magdeline after he rose from the dead/tomb. That was unheard of in those days, it was all about men.
John 20:16-18Amplified Bible (AMP)
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him in [a]Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “[b]Do not hold Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene came, reporting to the disciples that she had seen the Lord and that He had said these things to her.
- John 20:16 I.e. Jewish Aramaic.
- John 20:17 In her joy Mary had probably reverently embraced Jesus at the knees or ankles.
2. Jesus tells the Samaritan women that He is the Messiah.
John 4:25-26Amplified Bible (AMP)
25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ—the Anointed); when that One comes, He will tell us everything [we need to know].”26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you, am He (the Messiah).”
Notice the following passages from Proverbs that highlight what an excellent woman would be like:
Proverbs 31:10-13Amplified Bible (AMP)
Description of a Worthy Woman
[a]An excellent woman [one who is spiritual, capable, intelligent, and virtuous], who is he who can find her?
Her value is more precious than jewels and her worth is far above rubies or pearls.
The heart of her husband trusts in her [with secure confidence],
And he will have no lack of gain.
She comforts, encourages, and does him only good and not evil
All the days of her life.
She looks for wool and flax
And works with willing hands in delight.
- Proverbs 31:10 The following verses are written as an acrostic poem (each of the twenty-two verses begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet). Aside from the artistry, the acrostic structure also aided memorization.