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8. WOMEN IN LUKE PART 2 9. WOMEN IN LUKE PART 3 10. WOMEN IN LUKE PART 4 11. WOMEN IN LUKE PART 5 12. WOMEN IN LUKE PART 6 13. WOMEN IN LUKE PART 7 14. WOMEN IN LUKE PART 8 15. WOMEN IN LUKE PART 9
The Bible makes it clear beyond all dispute that there are two roles in the drama of life which women can play on a level of full equality with men. These two indisputable roles are, the role of
sinner, and the role of saint. Women can be both as bad and as good as men. When we deal with the really big and crucial issues of life we find that the equality of the sexes is a self-evident fact.
superior to the other, but when you get to the major themes
portrayed on the stage of life, such as the themes of sin and salvation,
then you find equality.
Lord's human heritage there are over 40 names of men, and only 4
women. Women are not equal in Scripture when it comes to the legal
and social role of preserving family names. Even in our culture it is
most often the man's name that is preserved, and so the family tree is
desert, so here we have a wilderness of dry names out of which
blossoms 4 roses. God inspired 4 men to write 4 lives of Christ, and
he inspired Matthew to record 4 women through whom the Christ of
the Gospels entered the stage of history. These 4 women make
Gospel by their very presence in this blood line to the Savior. They
will one day be a part of that universal choir singing the new song of
the Lamb, who redeemed men and women out of every nation,
language, and tongue.
aspects of the song of salvation sounding forth from their lives. The
songs of this women's quartet dissolve all doubt about women's
equality with men as sinners and saints. Let's listen to two of the
songs which their lives sing to us.
There has never been a quartet anywhere who has made the
message of God's sovereignty over history more clear and beautiful.
These women have stamped the message on the record of history that
God can bring good out of evil, and harmony out of chaos. None of
these women would have ever sung a decent note, or even added a
particle of beauty to the world apart from the grace and sovereignty
If ever there was a group of women able to demonstrate that Jesus
came into the world to save sinners, this is it. Three out of the four of
these women had such bad reputations that their names were stained
for all time. Tamar was involved in an incestuous affair with her
father-in-law. Rahab was a harlot, and Bathsheba was an adulteress.
Ruth, the 4th in the quartet hits higher notes in her life, and the result
is that her name is still popular, and used frequently by Christians.
They all, however, are equally involved in the blood line of the
second Adam. There was no alternative, for all are sinners, and all fall short of the glory of God. But there are distinctions even among sinners, and one wonders about why God chose women of such bad reputation to be represented in this line to the Redeemer.
Is it not obvious that God is saying to us all through this song of
these women that He is sovereign? Let no woman, or no man, look at
what sin has done to them, and say they are hopeless. God is saying
through these women, you cannot fall so low that God cannot raise
you up, and then use you for His glory.
The king can make the poorest peasant a prominent princess. God
has done it in these lives, and they can sing the song of God's
sovereignty; the song of the good news that sin does not have the final
word, but God does when we yield our lives to Him. The Cinderella
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