Who raised Timothy in faith? Why did God chose a married woman judge to rule Israel? Why do some Christian leaders hide the teaching talents of the daughters of Jesus?
What I am about to tell you, will steer up many Catholics and many claimed to be conservative Christians. I dont care. Let the Word of God be my only judge.
1. Timothy 2:12
«I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.»
The out of context use of this verse of the Bible has made mainstream Christianity into a «kindergarten for men». But was that Pauls intention? I am not only doubtful, I am sure that Paul promoted women in scriptural leadership. And I will quote scriptures to plead my understanding of Paul.
First, lets see what Paul did not write:
«God do not permit». The whole start of this letter to Timothy is full of «I do». Other places Paul claims to speak on behalf of God or the Lord. Here he seems to speak about some kind of bad experiences, that has made him come to such a conclusion.
Lets remove the word «man» with the word «male children». And lets see what happens:
1. Timothy 2:12
I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over male children; she must be silent.
This can obviously not be the case, since all mothers are the first teachers of their own children.
Let replace the word «man» with «husband», and let see whats happen:
1. Timothy 2:12
I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over her husband; she must be silent.
Now, this will make sense. The Bible says that the man (husband) is the head of the House. But he has to love his wife, as Christ loved the Church. And since Jesus was willing to die for his Church, a man (husband) must become a slave of his wife. If that hurts your male ego, you have to go back to Jesus, repent and start obeying the Word of God.
There was a lot of disturbance in the Church of Corinth. This might have inspired Paul to put some restrictions on wife’s quarreling with their husbands. In special inside the Church, during fellowship.
Since the Bible can not contradict it self, we need to read the message of Paul in the right context.
1. Timothy 2:12
I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over children; she must be silent.
If he ment that a woman can never teach a male, than the mother of Timothy her self sinned against the Word of God. Because she raised Timothy in faith, and even made him understand the scriptures from his infancy.
2 Timothy 3:15
«and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus».
Thats a good Bible teachers job. A woman, and even a believing grandmother was the first born in Timothys family.
2 Timothy 1:5
«I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also».
If God did not enable and allowed these two women to tech Timothy, his Bible knowledge from infancy would have been an impossibility.
What about the father of Timothy?
Well, the Bible is almost silent about him.
«He came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was a Jewess and a believer, but whose father was a Greek».
Well, since the Bible explains that the mother and grandmother of Timothy had come to faith, I guess his Greek father had not. He would simply not be able to teach his son the meaning of the scripture.
Since the mother of Timothy could teach her son the scripture from infancy, I guess she would be permitted to teach his also in his youth? What about the mother of Timothy teaching her own husband, the day he came to faith? Since she with almost hundred per cent surely would be more learned in the Word of God than her husband?
The mother and grandmother of Timothy are only two of many examples of great female teachers in the Bible. I guess Mary the Mother of Jesus was His first teacher of the Jewish scriptures?
Many of those who are against woman giving pastoral care to a church, does not understand that the word pastor is of latin origin, not the original Biblical language. The Hebrew word for pastor is shepherd.
And there is a woman pastor even in the Old Testament:
«While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess».
The wife of Jacob, the father of the 12 tribes of Israel, was what all Biblical women is called to become: A female pastor. Because we are all priests in the new testament Royal Priesthood. The old exclusive male priesthood of Aroon has passed away in the new covenant.
Daughters of Jesus. Stand up for your biblical birth rights.