|On Display for God|
Our class went back thousands of years to revisit the origin of our Divine Design (Genesis 2: 21-25) and we rediscovered just how wonderful it is to be a woman. Throughout the ages women have been described in many ways. Some of the more positive terms are: Adam's Rib, The Better Half, The Weaker Sex. But here's one rarely mentioned in the context of power and strength, ezer kenegdo! You may recall it as help meet in Genesis 2:18. But perhaps have never appreciated it in its full symbolic meaning. It's a rare word used only when God wants to display unusual power. No wonder that in some bible camps it is controversial to relate it women. I wonder why?
For years bible preachers and teachers have assigned Eve's role as essentially negative or at best a sort of assistant or subordinate worker to Adam. Yes, the Sistah messed up but the truth is that she was co-regent in Eden, important, valued, and of equal importance and essence! She was Adam's Completer, one who enabled him to be the leader God ordained to rule His kingdom! Sin entered the world when they BOTH failed to realize their value!
Praise God for His amazing grace! Humankind and his authority has been restored through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17). His kingdom is not the Garden of Eden now but the entire world! Like mannequins in a store window our assignment is to live a life so attractive that we draw others into God's kingdom of righteousness and grace. Sounds intimidating doesn't it? Like walking all day in four inch heels, Chrystal says. But with the right designer and the right material it is not only doable but comfortable!
So come on Kingdom woman-in-the-making embrace your inner royalty. Command the respect God has accorded you by accepting who you are and loving it in all its uniqueness. Do not allow anyone to demean you or make you feel inferior. You are chosen, regal and a priestess of the Most High! (I Peter 2:9) You are still needed and have a role and place to fulfill but can't do it with heads bowed down in shame....if we must bow our heads let's do so in prayer but then raise them up again in the spirit of an Ezer kenegdo woman. A woman with value and strength on display!