Jesus came to set us all free from sin, but His teaching and the good news of the Gospel was especially good news for women. Here is an excerpt from the Tim LaHaye’s book on Jesus.
Take for example the respect Jesus showed the Samaritan woman He met at the well:
A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” (John 4:7–10)
While this encounter may not seem terribly unusual to us today in our modern Western culture, you must understand that at that particular time in history, such an exchange would have been unthinkable. Not only was Jesus speaking to a dreaded Samaritan, He was speaking to an actual woman in public! After returning from town, Jesus’ disciples were shocked by what they saw:
And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman. (John 4:27)
Not only was Jesus going against the cultural grain by speaking to women in public, He had the audacity to teach them about spiritual matters as well. The rabbinical tradition from three hundred years earlier recorded in the Talmud stated: Let the words of the Law be burned rather than committed to a woman (Talmud, Sotah 3.4). (In other words, the Jewish tradition at the time of Jesus was that the men thought that it was better to burn the Old Testament than teach it to women) Women were not to be trusted with the knowledge of spiritual concepts. Yet Jesus had no qualms about violating such customs.
The apostle John records an encounter between Jesus and Martha in which He presents the crux of the gospel to her. It is the only time this important dialogue appears anywhere in the Bible. By reserving one of His most important speeches for her, Jesus erased centuries of bias against women by showing just how much He valued her soul …
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” (John 11:25–27)[i]
[i] LaHaye, T. (2009). Jesus. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook.
Published on Sunday, May 10, 2015 @ 4:47 AM CDT