Welcome to episode 44 of the Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s turn our attention to a few of Jesus’ encounters with women of his day as we continue our theme of Pictures of Jesus. The culture of Jesus’ day was steeped in patriarchal tradition where women had no rights and were subservient to the male-dominated culture. Society had digressed to the point where a man could divorce his wife for any reason at any time. Women had no voice in that culture and within that society. They were completely dependent upon the male-dominated culture and had no identity of their own, separate from male interpretation.
Enter: Jesus, who broke all of the acceptable social rules of the day and had public, one-on-one conversations with women who were social outcasts and who had no voice or individual social identity or value. He cared for them, interacted with them directly, and treated them with value, respect, love, and concern. He treated them as they were meant to be treated from the beginning – as co-regents with their male counterparts (Genesis 1:26-28).
Today, we read passages in our Bibles that tell us there is no social segregation between male and female within the church and while we might assent to that truth intellectually, the reality is our practice often contradicts and denies what we profess. What did Paul mean by that statement? Grab your favorite beverage and join our conversation.