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Women’s empowerment is not a concept exclusive to the modern world. In fact, Jesus played a significant role in amplifying women’s empowerment during His time.

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He did so by treating women without discrimination and entrusting them with important roles. Beyond being recipients of Jesus’ ministry, women were also actively involved in His work. Notably, Jesus rewarded specific women—such as Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James the younger and of Joses), and Salome—for their unwavering commitment throughout His earthly ministry.
Consider the following points:

  • Staying with Jesus: These women remained by Jesus’ side until His last breath (Mark 15:37-40).
  • Knowledge of Jesus’ Burial: Apart from Joseph of Arimathea, only these women knew where Jesus was buried (Mark 15:45-47; 16:1-3). As a result of their faithfulness:
  • They became the first witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection.

They were also the first messengers to carry the news of His resurrection (Mark 16:3-9). Their pivotal roles demonstrate Jesus’ commitment to empowering women and recognizing their essential contributions.

Women Biblical Leaders Outside Jesus Time

In the tapestry of biblical history, the threads of women’s leadership are woven with strength and subtlety. These women, often unsung heroes, played pivotal roles in shaping the narrative of their times
Deborah: The Judge and Warrior Deborah stands out as a singular figure – a prophetess and judge. Her story in Judges 4-5 showcases her as a leader who not only guided her people through spiritual counsel but also led them into battle. Her victory song, alongside Barak, is a testament to her faith and leadership.
Esther: The Queen of Courage The Book of Esther chronicles the tale of a queen who risked everything to save her people. Her strategic intelligence and bravery are celebrated during the Jewish festival of Purim, marking her successful intervention to prevent a massacre.
Miriam: The First Songstress of Salvation Miriam, the sister of Moses, is revered as a prophetess. Her role during the Exodus was crucial, leading the women in song and dance after crossing the Red Sea, celebrating the deliverance from Egypt.
Huldah: The Prophetess of Reform When King Josiah discovered a book of the Law during temple renovations, it was Huldah he turned to for divine insight. Her prophecies led to a religious revival and reform throughout the kingdom.
Lydia: The Entrepreneurial Supporter Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth, is noted for her hospitality and support of Paul and the early church. Her conversion and baptism marked the beginning of the church in Philippi.
Phoebe: The Early Church Deacon Mentioned in Romans 16:1, Phoebe served the church at Cenchreae. Her role as a deacon and Paul’s commendation highlight her importance in the early Christian community.
These women, diverse in their backgrounds and roles, exemplify leadership that transcends time. Their stories continue to inspire and challenge, reminding us of the profound impact women have had throughout history.

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