You may have recently read in the newspapers that the Head of the Tokyo Olympic Commission has resigned, after saying that women talk too much in meetings. Perhaps to make a point that the Japanese aren’t a sexist nation, he’s been replaced with a woman.

 

Throughout history women have been mistreated by men, which must have offended God who created woman not to be subservient to man but to serve alongside him as his helper, or partner. Woman was created because in the whole of God’s creation man was without a partner, and God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.” (1) Adam always viewed Eve as his partner and equal, but later in time, as the world’s population grew, something went wrong. Men oppressed women and gave them a subservient role. We even read of kings who had many wives and concubines. Did you know that Solomon, the wisest man on earth, had 700 wives and 300 concubines? How did that happen?

 

You can even look at the time when Jesus was on earth to see how women were treated differently. You’ve probably heard about the miracle of the feeding of the 5000, where Jesus fed a crowd with 5 loaves and 2 fish. Did you know the 5000 was just men? Women and children were also present but no one bothered to count or record their number. The disciples, growing up in a misogynistic world, didn’t think to count them.

 

Jesus was different, and anyone who does their research properly will realise how he liberated women by treating them with the dignity and respect they deserve. A classic example is the occasion when he asked a woman for water. She had come to fetch water from a well and Jesus chose to speak to her, and surprised her. There were other reasons why she was surprised related to her religion and her lifestyle, but she was surprised by a man speaking to her at the well, any man. It was so unexpected. She’s not the only one who didn’t expect it. The Bible records the disciples response, and says, “Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman.” (2)

 

There was another woman who was considered immoral. She turned up at a meal where Jesus was present, she stood behind him crying and her tears wet his feet, so she dried his feet with her hair and poured perfume over them, a sign of her gratitude and love to him. Men present found this woman disgusting, but not Jesus. While they complained about her Jesus said, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown.” (3) Rather than despise this woman Jesus loved her and forgave her sins.

 

Jesus died 2000 years ago but he rose from the dead and is alive today. The Bible says of him, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (4) The Jesus who loved and liberated women 2000 years ago still loves and liberates women today, but not just women. He also loves and liberates men and children. Of course, men don’t need liberating from misogyny, that’s not possible, but we all need liberating from sin. We have all sinned and need a Saviour to rescue us. We need someone who will remove our sins from us and Jesus does that through his death. He died bearing our sins and he rose from the dead proving he had defeated sin and was able to be a Saviour. We all need Jesus as our Saviour, me, you, all of us. He is my Saviour. I would love him to be yours. If you need help to find him please get in touch via our website, Facebook or Instagram page.

 

Bible References:

  • Genesis 2:18
  • John 4:27
  • Luke 7:44-47
  • Hebrews 13:8