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06. Luke: Women in the Ministry of Jesus

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  • May 4, 2015
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Our Savior and friend. The book of Luke by John M. Bower edited for audio by the Embassador group exploration six women in the ministry of Jesus. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus there is neither Jew nor Greek there is neither slave nor free there is neither male nor female for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians chapter three verses twenty six through twenty eight New King James Version Luke's Gospel is sometimes called the gospel of women because more than any other one it makes special mention of how caring Jesus was to the needs of women and also how involved women were in his ministry in the time of Jesus. As in some cultures today women were deemed of little worth. Some Jewish men in that time. Thank God they were not created a slave a gentile or a woman. Greek and Roman society sometimes treated women even worse. Roman culture developed its permissiveness to an almost unlimited licentiousness a man often had a wife only in order to produce legitimate children who would inherit his property and he had concubines for his own simple pleasures. Again such a backdrop of women being treated so badly. Jesus brought the good news that women are indeed daughters of Abraham. Let's hear his words. In Luke Chapter thirteen verse sixteen. Remember this verse from our last exploration and ought not this woman being a daughter of Abraham whom saint. I've found lo these eighteen years to be loosed from this pond on the Sabbath day. How happy the women of those days must have been to hear that in Jesus they are children of God and equal worth with men in the sight of God. The message today for women of all nations remains the same. We are all men and women are one in Christ Jesus or women who welcomed Jesus at that. Only Luke records the reaction of these women to the wonder of cosmic history that the Son of God took human flesh in order to complete the redemptive mission of the Father and fulfill the messianic hopes of his people. Though these women didn't fully understand what was happening in their words and reactions to these astonishing events revealed their faith and wonder at the works of God Luke chapter one verses thirty nine to forty five describes the encounter between Elizabeth and Mary as you listen. Notice what Elizabeth says that reveals her understanding however limited of the great events that were taking place. And Mary-Rose in those days and women to the hill country with haste into a city of Judah and entered into the house of Zacharias and saluted Elizabeth. And it came to pass that when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary the babe leaped in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost and she spake out with a loud voice and said blasted art thou among women and blessed it is the fruit of my womb and whence is this to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me. For a low. As soon as the voice of the Salutation sounded in my ears the babe leapt in my womb for joy. Unless it is she that believed there shall be a performance of those things which were TOLD her from the Lord. After Elizabeth spoke Mary then followed with her own words in Luke chapter one verses forty six through fifty five and Mary said my soul that magnify the Lord and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior for he hath regarded the lowest state of his hand maiden. For behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessid For he that is mighty hath done to me great things and the whole he is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear Him from generation to generation. He shewed strength with his arm he had scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seeds and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things and the rich he have sent empty away. He had helped his servant Israel in remembrance of his mercy as he spake to our fathers to Abraham and to his seed forever. Often understood to be a song. These words are full of fragments from the Old Testament attesting that Mary was a devoted student of scripture and thus a fit mother for Jesus Mary song is rooted not only in scripture but deep down in her relationship with God and identity emerges between her soul and her lord and between her faith and Abraham's hope. Listen the story of Anna in the Temple told in Luke Chapter two verses thirty six through thirty eight. What important truths are brought to light in the story. And there was one anna a prophetess the daughter of Faneuil in the tribe of Asser. She was of great age and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity and she was a widow of about fourscore and four years which departed not from the temple but served God with fastings and prayers night and day and she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. Expectant hope finds its radical fulfilment in Jesus. An old widow recognizes the miracle. And from then on she made it her compulsive mission to proclaim the savior to all those who came to the temple. She became the first woman evangelist of the gospel. Can you imagine the wonder and astonishment of these women at the events unfolding around them. What can you do to keep alive in your own heart. The wonder and astonishment of the great truths that you and I have been called to proclaim. Women and Jesus' healing ministry and it came to pass the day after that he went to a city called name and many of his disciples went with him and much people. Now when he came to the gate of the city behold there was a dead man carried out the son of his mother and she was a widow and much people of the city was with her and when the Lord saw her he had compassion on her and said to her weak not. And he came and touched the beer and they that bear. I'm stood still and he said Young man I stand to be arise and he that was dead sat up and began to speak and he delivered him to his mother. And there came a year on all and they glorified God saying that a great prophet is risen up among us and that God has visited his people and this rumor of him went forth throughout all Judea and throughout all the region roundabout. Luke Chapter seven verses eleven to seventeen tells us the story about the miracle at Main. This woman impoverished and widowed now faced another trial the death of her only son. A large crowd of mourners was with her in the funeral procession expressing public grief and sympathy for the loss of her only son coupled with the uncertain future of life alone turned the widow into a picture of absolute sorrow and hopelessness. But the funeral procession going out of the city met with another procession entering into it at the head of the outgoing procession was death in a casket at the head of the incoming procession. Was life in the majesty of a creator as a procession is met. Jesus saw the widow hopeless and full of grief when the Lord saw her his heart went out to her and he said Don't cry. Luke Chapter seven verse thirteen New International Version. The plea not to cry would have been meaningless. How did not come from Jesus the Lord of life behind the command. Don't cry was the power to remove the reason for her crying. Jesus reached forward to touch the coffin and ordered the young man to arise. The touch was considered a ceremonial defilement as we will hear in the Old Testament. Book of Numbers Numbers Chapter nineteen verses eleven through thirteen says Hiba touch at the dead body of any man should be unclean. Seven days he shall purify himself with it on the third day and on the seventh day he shall be clean but if he not purify him self on the third day then the seventh day he shall not be clean. Whosoever touches the dead body of any man that is dead and purify it not himself defile it. The tabernacle of the Lord and that soul shall be cut off from Israel because the water of separation was not sprinkled upon him he shall be unclean is unclean this is yet upon him but to Jesus compassion was more important than ceremonies meeting human needs was more urgent than adhering to mere rituals. The village of Nain not only witnessed a great miracle but also received a marvelous message. In Jesus there is no difference between the emotional pangs of men and those of women and his presence confronts and confounds the power of death. Let's listen to another story of someone being brought back to life. This Miracle is recorded in Luke Chapter eight verses forty one forty two and forty nine through fifty six. And behold there came a man named gyrus and he was a ruler of the synagogue and he fell down at Jesus' feet and beside him that he would come into his house for he had one only daughter about twelve years of age and she lay dying but as he went the people thronged him. Verse forty nine while he yet spake there cometh the one from the ruler of the synagogue's House saying and him so i daughter is dead. Well not the master. But when Jesus heard it he answered him saying Fear not believe. Only and she shall be made whole. And when he came to the house he suffered no man to go in to save Peter and James and John and the Father and the mother of the maiden and all wet and be willed her but he said weep not she is not dead but sleeping and they laughed him to scorn knowing that she was dead and he put them all out and took her by the hand and called saying maid arise and her spirit came again and she arose straightway and he commanded to give her meat and her parents were astonished but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done. John I was was an influential person a ruler of the synagogue and officer in charge of the care and the services of the synagogue. Each Sabbath he would choose the person who would lead in prayer scripture reading and preaching. He was a person not only of imminence and influence but also of wealth and power. He loved his daughter and did not hesitate to approach Jesus for the healing of his child. In these stories it was the power of Jesus' words that brought a dead son back to his mother and a dead daughter back to her father. Think about how incredible these acts must have been to those who saw it especially to the parents. What do these accounts tell you about the power of God. What do they tell you about just how limited you might be in understanding God's power. After all science at present doesn't have a clue how this could happen. Friend Do you trust in God's power. Will you trust the goodness of God who wields that power. Regardless of your present circumstances women have gratitude and faith and one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him and he went to the fair sea's house and sat down to meet and behold a woman in the city which was a center when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house brought an alabaster box of Whiteman and stood at his feet before him weeping and began to wash his feet with tears and did wipe them with the hairs of her head and kissed his feet and then relented then with the whiteman. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it he spake within himself saying this man if you were a prophet would have known who and what manner of woman this is that touched him for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said to him Simon I have somewhat to say on T.V. and he said Master say on. There was a certain creditor which had to debtor's the one owed him five hundred pence and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore which of them will love him most. Simon answered said I suppose that he to whom he forgave most and he said unto him thou hast rightly judged. And he turned to the woman and said under Simon C.S. thou this woman. I entered into the fine house thou gave me no water for my feet but she hath washed my feet with her tears and why. I've been with the hairs of her head thou gave this to me no kiss but this woman since the time I came in have not ceased to kiss my feet my head with oil about not anoint But this woman happen owing to my feet with a point meant wherefore I say into the her sins which are many are forgiven for she love to much but to whom little is forgiven the same love a little and he said to her by sins are forgiven and they that set me with him began to say within themselves who is this that forgive sins also and he said to the woman they have stayed to be Go in peace and Luke Chapter seven verses thirty six through fifty. Jesus turned a meal into an event of spiritual magnitude that offered dignity to a sinful woman. SIMON a leading citizen affair or C. invited Jesus for a meal. Imagine the scene all the invitees are seated. There was a sun disruption. Luke Chapter seven verse thirty seven New King James Version describes the scene. A woman in the city who was a sinner rushed straight to Jesus. Broken alabaster box a very expensive perfume poured the oil men on him bowed down to his feet and washed them with her tears. What do you learn from the woman's outpouring of gratitude and Jesus' acceptance of our act of faith. Ponder this quote. When two human eyes her case appeared hopeless. Christ saw in Mary capabilities for good. He saw all the better traits of her character. The plan of redemption has invested humanity with great possibilities. And in Mary these possibilities were to be real lived through his grief. She became a partaker of the divine nature. Mary was first at the tomb after His resurrection. It was Mary who first proclaimed a risen Savior. Once again the words of Ellen G. White in her book entitled The desire of ages on page five sixty eight and a woman having an issue of blood twelve years which had spent all her living upon physicians. Neither could be healed of any came behind him and touched the border of his garment and immediately her issue of blood stanched And Jesus said Who touched. Me when all denied Peter and they that were with him said Master the multitude throng the Empress the N.C.A.A.'s the bow who touched me and Jesus said somebody have touched me for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid she came trembling in falling down before him. She declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him and how she was healed immediately and he said unto her daughter be of good comfort by faith I have made the whole Go in peace and Luke Chapter eight verses forty three through forty eight a case of supreme wretchedness becomes the object of the Saviour supreme regard for so long this woman had an incurable disease that ravaged her body and soul. Yet in this twelve year tragedy a flicker of hope suddenly burst on the scene. She heard about Jesus. Mark Chapter five verse twenty seven the New King James Version What did she hear. A little or a lot. We. We do not know but she knew that Jesus cared for the poor. He embraced social outcasts. He touched lepers. He turned water into wine. And above all he cared for desperate people of which she was one. But hearing was not enough hearing must lead to faith. Romans Chapter ten for seventeen and that faith led her to a simple act of touching the edge of his garment that touch was faith driven purposeful. I think Keisha's and Christ focused only such faith can receive the benediction of the life giver. Your faith has made you well. Luke Chapter eight first forty eight New King James Version. It's so easy to look at people and judge them isn't it. Even if we don't verbalize it in our heart haven't we judge them. Which is still so wrong how can we learn to stop judging others even in our thoughts when who knows what we do where we and there are situations where Pearl. Some women who followed Jesus. What spiritual truths do you hear in this story now came to pass as they went the entered into a certain village and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house and she had a sister called Mary which also sat at Jesus' feet and heard his word. But Marco was cumbered about much serving and came to him and said Lord. That's not care that my sister had left me to serve alone bid her therefore that she help me and Jesus answered and said unto her Martha Martha thou art careful and troubled about many things but one thing is needful and Mary hath chosen that good part which shall not be taken away from her. That was Luke Chapter ten verses thirty eight through forty two. What spiritual truths can you take from this story. My her spiritual life be quote choked with cares. End quote. As Jesus referred to some of the scattered seed in his parable in Luke Chapter eight as the hostess Martha was distracted with much serving and was busy in getting the best for the guests. But Mary sat at Jesus' feet and heard his word. So much so that Martha complained to Jesus that she alone was left to do the hard work while Jesus did not rebuke Martha for her preoccupation with service. He pointed out the need for right priorities in life. Fellowship of Jesus is the first essential in discipleship potluck can come later. The cause of Christ needs careful energetic workers. There is a wide field for the Martha. With their zeal in active religious work. But let them first sit with Mary at the feet of Jesus leapt diligence promptness and energy be sanctified by the grace of Christ. Then the life will be an unconquerable power for good. The author of those words Ellen G. White in her book entitled The desire of ages. Page five twenty five. Let's consider three words. Most of the role of women in Jesus' ministry. Luke Chapter eight verses one through three and it came to pass afterward that he went throughout every city and village preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the Kingdom of God and the twelve are with him and certain women which have been healed of evil spirits and infirmities. Mary called Magdalene out of whom when seven devils and Joanna the wife of choose Herod steward and Susanna and many others which ministered to him of their substance. Luke Chapter twenty three verses fifty five and fifty six and the women also which came with him from Galilee followed after and beheld the sucker and how his body was laid and they returned and prepared spices in point mids and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment. Luke Chapter twenty two verses one through twelve. Now upon the first day of the week very early in the morning they came into the CEP looker bringing the spices which they had prepared and certain others with them and they found the stone rolled away from the supplicant and they entered in and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass as they were much perplexed there about behold two men stood by them in shining garments and as they were afraid and bowed down their faces to the earth they said to them why Seek ye the living among the dead. He is not here but is risen. Remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee saying the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words and returned from the sucker and told these things to eleven and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene enjoy Anna and Mary the mother of James. And the other women that were with them which told these things to the apostles and their words seem to them as idle tales and they believed them not. Then arose Peter and ran into the supple current and stooping down he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves and departed wondering in him self at that which was come to pass now that you've heard these three examples. What do these verses tell you about the role of women in Christ's ministry as his ministry expanded. Jesus went to every city and village preaching and teaching with the twelve disciples accompanying him. Luke also records the powerful testimony that certain women whom Jesus had healed who were touched by its preaching and who were of wealth also followed him innocent a large ministry. Here are some whom Luke mentions certain women healed of evil spirits including Mary Magdalene Joana wife of choose a business manager of Herod Suzanne and many others who provided for him. When we understand that Jesus died for every human being. We can better grasp the true equality of every person before God. How well do you reflect this truth in your attitude toward other people. Friend Do you need to root out an attitude in which you might tend to look down upon other people as somehow less worthy than yourself and persistent in prayer sacrificial in giving. Luke shows how Jesus turned to two widows in order to teach important. Spiritual Truths. He was the first example the chapter eighteen verses one through eight and he spake a parable unto them to this end that men ought always to pray and not to faint saying there was in a city a judge which fear not God Neither were guarded men and there was a widow in that city and she came unto him saying avenge me of my own adversary and he would not for a while but afterward he said to himself though I fear not God nor regard man yet because this widow troubled me I will avenge or lest by her continual coming she weary me and the Lord said he what the unjust judge say it and shall not God avenge his own evil act which cry day and night to him though he bear along with them I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the son of man cometh shall he find faith on the earth. In this first case Jesus pitied a poor and powerless widow who was up against a wicked and powerful judge in her fight for justice. She was a victim of injustice and fraud and yet she believed in the rule of the law and in justice. But the judge was anti God and anti people and so he obviously did not care to help the widow caring for widows is a biblical war quire meant as recorded in these three old testament sources. Exodus Chapter twenty two verses twenty two to twenty four you shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. If our flick than in any wise. And they cry it all and to me I will surely hear their cry and my rock shall wax. Part and I will kill you with his sword and your wives shall be widows and your children fatherless. Psalm chapter sixty eight verse five. A father of the fatherless and a judge of the widows is God in His holy habitation and as in chapter one first seventeen. Learn to do will seek judgment relieve the oppressed judge the fatherless plead for the widow in Jesus' parable the judge took delight in ignoring the law. However the widow had one weapon. Perseverance. And with it she wore out the judge and got her justice. The parable teaches three important lessons. Number one always pray and never get discouraged. Luke Chapter eighteen verse one two. Prayer changes things even the heart of an evil judge and three persistent faith is conquering. Very true faith has eternal counsel to every Christian. Never give up even if that means waiting for the final vindication. When the Son of Man comes first eight New King James Version. The second case is reported in two gospels Luke and Mark Luke Chapter twenty one verses one through four tells it this way. And he looked up and saw the Richmond casting their gifts into the treasury and he saw also a certain poor widow casting in their two months and he said of a truth I say unto you that this poor widow have cast in more than they all for all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God. She of her painter Mary had cast in all the living that she had. Mark Chapter twelve verses forty one through forty four says and Jesus sat over against the Treasury and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury and many that were rich cast in much and there came a certain poor widow and she threw in two mites which make a farthing and he called them to him his disciples and say as unto them there early I say unto you that this poor widow have cast more in the end all day which have cast into the treasury for all they did cast in of their abundance. But she of her want did cast in all that she had even all her living. In this case. No sooner had Jesus finished denouncing the religious hypocrisy and pretension of the scribes and the leaders around the temple that He then pointed out a stark contrast to them. A poor widow who reveals the nature of genuine religion. In Luke Chapter twenty first forty seven in the New King James Version Jesus describes some of the religious leaders as those who devour widows houses and who violate the biblical mandate to care for the widows and the poor. As today many gave only in order to look pious and worse. What they gave they gave out of their own surplus wealth they were giving really involved no personal sacrifice. In contrast Jesus asked his disciples to look to the widow as the model of true religion for she gave all that she had. Show was the motive of a first group sacrifice and the glory of God was the motive of the widow. Two acknowledge God's ownership of all that she had him to serve Him with all that she had was the force that propelled the widow to give her two mites. What counts before the all seeing eyes of the Creator is not what we give but why we care not how much we give but what is the measure of our sacrifice. How much do you sacrifice of yourself for people and for the Cause of God. Or let's continue exploring. He who remembered his mother when he was hanging in agony upon the cross who appeared to the weeping women and made them his messengers to spread the first glad tidings of a risen Savior. He is a woman's best friend today and is ready to aid her in all the relations of life. Another endearing quote from Ellen G. White in her book the Adeste home page two of four. She also wrote these words in her book entitled evangelism. Pages four sixty four and four sixty five. The Lord has a work for women as well as for men. They may take their places in his work at this crisis and he will work through them if they are imbued with a sense of their duty and labor under the influence of the Holy Spirit. They will have just the self-possession required. Before this time the Savior will reflect upon these self sacrificing women in the light of his countenance and it will give them a power that exceeds that of men. They can do in families a work that men cannot do a work that reaches the inner life. They can come close to the hearts of those who men cannot reach. They were labor is needed. OK Now let's consider a few more concepts. Number one one of the most interesting aspects of the Gospels including Luke has to do with the role of women in regard to the resurrection of Jesus. All the gospel stories have women as the first ones to see the risen Christ and to proclaim his resurrection to others. Biblical apologists have been able to use this fact to help from the reality of the bodily resurrection of Jesus which some people deny or question. Have you ever wondered why is the role of women in Luke so important. Because if as some claim the stories of Jesus's resurrection were fabricated by the authors why would they have put women who weren't highly regarded in that society as the first ones to see and to proclaim Jesus if they were making up stories in order to try to get people at that time to believe. Why use women as opposed to men. What are your thoughts. What reasons would you care. Here's another number two. In a society that didn't always recognize the dignity of women Jesus gave them the status that belongs to them in God's creative order. They are children of god daughters of Abraham and equal to men in the new era of the gospel. At the same time. However equal before God men and women are not the same. How can we affirm the equality of men and women before God and yet at the same time affirm any knowledge the differences and how those differences play out in the light of the church or or embassador group Dato argy. This media was brought to you by audio groups a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more. If you would like to know more about audio verse or if you would like to listen to more sermon legalism W.W.W. audio Verse dot org.

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