Go tell it to a woman!

Most major announcements in Jesus’ life were made to women instead of to men.

The angel Gabriel was sent to announce two upcoming births. First he went to Zechariah to tell him that his wife Elizabeth would give birth to a son. That son would be John the Baptizer. Zechariah was surprised when the angel appeared to him, and he asked, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man, and my wife is well along in years.” The angel answered, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news” (Luke 1:18-19).

After that, the angel Gabriel did something very unusual. He went directly to Mary, who would become the mother of Jesus, to announce the important news of this upcoming miraculous conception and birth.

In Luke 1:26-31, the greatest news of all time, the birth of Jesus, is announced to a woman. “In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.’ Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.’ ‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’”

It is certain that this young girl had never made an important decision apart from her family in all her life. The culture she lived in guaranteed that. The angel’s announcement required an independent decision on her part. First, she wrestled with the greeting. She questioned how she, a young girl who was a virgin, could give birth to a baby. Gabriel had to convince her. At the end of their conversation she agreed to cooperate with God’s plan. It was after that acceptance that the angel went to Joseph to tell him what was going to happen.

When Sarah was told by the messengers that she would give birth to a son, she laughed but had no voice in the decision. When Elizabeth was told by her husband that she would have a son, it was a done deal. But when Mary was told that God had found favor with her, and that she would miraculously conceive a child who would be the long-awaited Messiah, she was called upon to decide. She questioned, she listened, she considered, and then she made her decision, “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.”

An out of wedlock pregnancy could bring serious consequences upon Mary and her family. The man she was going to marry faced humiliation and could have had her stoned to death as an adulteress. Her father or Joseph most certainly would not have permitted the pregnancy—Messiah or no—had it been up to them. Mary could have deflected responsibility for the decision by telling the angel there was no way she could accept this honor without first asking permission of her father or Joseph, as this was far too significant a decision for a mere woman to make without male advice or permission. But she did not. The angel could have first gone to her father or to Joseph and told them what was going to happen to Mary, just like he had gone to Zechariah. But he did not.

Instead, the angel Gabriel went directly to a young woman, giving her the greatest news that all mankind would ever hear, and left the decision up to her whether or not to accept the honor and the awesome responsibility of becoming the mother of the Messiah.

Male headship is dethroned because God sent the angel Gabriel to a female, who made the decision by herself to accept the honor of becoming the mother of the Messiah.

Note to my readers: This is a chapter in my book Dethroning Male Headship. During the month of December I will be reposting my previous blogs on Christmas.   I am busy finalizing my new book Women Equal – no buts. Powered by the same Source which will go direct to Kindle on January 20, 2014.

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Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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4 Responses to Go tell it to a woman!

  1. You can very clearly see that God was not happy with Balaam and the same angels of God who were sent to minister for those who would be heirs of salvation can also become Balaam’s adversary or enemy because Balaam was doing things that he should not be doing. This proves that angels can either work for you or against you depending upon your spoken words, decisions and actions in the earth’s realm. If you make the right choices and do the right things they will prosper you and make your way successful and if you make the wrong choices you may find yourself in the predicament that Balaam was found in of an angel with a big sword in hand ready to strike you down. One of the key factors to this story of Balaam is not so much what he did but who he was going to do it to. The children of Israel were God’s covenant people and they were at this time married to God the Almighty. You do not go and mess with God’s wife and expect to live. This is a grave mistake that people in the earth make today. I have seen many news media people attack anointed men of God and this is cursing them like Balaam was going to do. I would not want to be one of these news people in what they are doing to God’s wife on the earth. You may recall that Jesus takes attacks on the church very personally. When Saul persecuted the church and killed them, Jesus showed up and said “Saul, why do you persecute me”! This could have been really bad news for Saul but, Saul repented and called Jesus his Lord and his life changed dramatically for the better. If he would have continued in his previous ways and ignored the words of Jesus then it would not have gone well for Saul. You might also recall that even though Saul repented, that he went away from the meeting with Jesus as a blind man.

    • I am not sure what your point is. I think you are telling me not to mess with the church and male preachers, because God’s wrath will come down. When I was a kid my mother told us that we were not to speak bad of preachers because a bear might get us. You can find that story in 2 Kings 2:23-25, so I was always afraid of speaking bad about a pastor. But then I realized that pastors stand up in the pulpit and misquote scripture, go on blogs and misinterpret scripture, and that above all, pastors tell women that they are equal-but. So I decided to take my chances with the bears. Thanks for joining us.

      • Mara says:

        And let us not forget…

        These pastors are attacking the church when they attack women hand hold them hostage to wrong doctrine.

        AND these pastors are taking God’s name in vain, saying, “Thus saith the Lord,” when God has said no such thing,

      • Absolutely! If anybody should be afraid of the bears coming out of the woods, they should be.

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