God and women’s rights

Many people have written books and articles that accuse God that He does not care about women.  They contend that Scripture suppresses them and regards them as inferior, et cetera, et cetera.  The problem with those people is usually a lack of Bible knowledge.  Scripture says, ‘…pay attention to what I [God] say; listen closely to my words…’ 1  That means,

  • You have to read the Bible very carefully, otherwise you might jump to your own conclusions and not discern God’s character.
  • God is only revealed in the 66 books of the Holy Bible.  Information from outside the Bible is just that, information or personal opinions that often don’t accord with what Scripture reveals about God’s character.
  • Let us look at what an easily missed Old Testament portion teaches about God’s attitude towards women.

God’s attitude towards women

  • There are many ‘Christians’ who claim that they are ‘New Testament’ Christians.  For them, the Old Testament is of no use at all.  Where they get that idea, nobody knows.
  • Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith was an Old Testament scholar.  He, the omniscient Son of God, quoted from the Old Testament because it was relevant to what He taught (of course the New Testament was not yet written).
  • The Holy Spirit never threw the Old Testament into the dustbin.  It is part of God’s revelation to us.  So, what does the Old Testament teach about women’s ‘rights?’

Zelophehad and his five daughters

We meet Zelophehad from the tribe of Manasseh in Numbers 27:1.  He had five daughters who were so special to God that the Old Testament mentions their names (Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah) four times in Numbers 26:33; 27:1; 36:11; Joshua 17:3.  1 Chronicles 7:15 also mentions them.

They had an interesting history.

  • Their father, Zelophehad, died without sons.1  According to the law at that time, daughters could not inherit land.  As members of the tribe of Manasseh, they refused to be deprived of their right to an inheritance.
  • They approached the entrance to the Tent of Meeting and stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders and the whole assembly. 2  There they stated that their father died because of sin and had no sons.
  • They thought it unfair that their father’s portion of the promised land should be lost, since they could not inherit land.  Their plea for justice was, ‘Give us property among our father’s relatives.’ 3

Moses discussed the issue with God.

God’s answer was fair and without favoritism, ‘What Zelophehad’s daughters are saying is right.  You must certainly give them property as an inheritance among their father’s relatives and give their father’s inheritance over to them.’ 4  Scripture is clear, ‘This is to be a legal requirement for the Israelites, as the Lord commanded Moses.’ 5

Five daughters who insisted on their rights

When it was time for the allotment of the different tribes, the five daughters went to Eleazar the priest, Joshua and the leaders, and said, ‘The Lord commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brothers.’ 6  Joshua obeyed, ‘Manasseh’s share consisted of ten tracts of land besides Gilead and Bashan east of the Jordan, because the daughters of the tribe of Manasseh received an inheritance among the sons….’ 7

The lesson?

  • The lesson of Zelophehad’s daughters carries through to the New Testament.  In God’s Kingdom men are not superior to women, ‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.’ 8
  • Peter also writes, inspired by the Holy Spirit, ‘Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.’ 9

Conclusion

Godly women need never fear that they will ‘inherit an inferior portion’ to men on the new heavens and earth.  Our wonderful Lord will see to it.

References

  1. Proverbs 4:20
  2. Numbers 27:1
  3. Numbers 27:2
  4. Numbers 27:4
  5. Numbers 27:5
  6. Numbers 27:11; Numbers 36:1-11
  7. Joshua 17:4
  8. Joshua 17:6
  9. Galatians 3:28
  10. 1 Peter 3:7

Why spend billions to search for aliens?

According to a Newsbeat article from BBC, the $100 million project to search for aliens is yet to find anything. 1  It is a ten year project.  According to the article, Professor Stephen Hawking said, ‘Somewhere in the cosmos, perhaps, intelligent life may be watching these lights of ours.’

Can aliens exist?

The Bible explains that all life was created.  According to Colossians 1:16 Jesus is the Creator, ‘For by Him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him.’  The passage mentions ‘Him’ [Jesus] three times to clearly establish Him as the Creator.

#  Jesus did create invisible beings.

We know there are angels.  They are normally invisible, but many people in the Bible saw them and they played an important role in the history of Israel.  Some of them rebelled against God and they are the devil and his demonic kingdom. 2  Aliens are not regarded as angels.  Till now they are just science fiction characters.  So Jesus did not create aliens.

#  The Bible does not mention aliens.

If aliens are real, why does the Holy Spirit, who knows all God’s doings, not mention them in Scripture?  As proved by all the searches, aliens do not exist.  They only exist in the minds of people who desperately want them to be real.  The idea comes from the ruler of this world, the devil who controls the whole world. 3  He tries to convince people that there are aliens.  Then the Bible is not true, God is not the Creator, and Jesus’ work on the cross was unnecessary.

#  Why waste billions searching for aliens?

The devil inspires the unbelieving world to spend billions on the search for aliens.  The reason is, that as long as people hope there might be aliens, special creation is a myth.  The search is for advanced aliens who seeded life on earth, and there could be many planets where life might have evolved.  Therefore there is no reason to take note of the Bible and prepare for eternal life.

Conclusion

The devil dearly loves his agenda of aliens.  Unfortunately it will cause people who believe his lies, to miss God’s eternal Kingdom.

References

  1. http:www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/39665928/a-100m-project-to-search-for-aliens-is-yet-to-find-anything, 2017/06/11
  2. Revelation 12:9
  3. 1 John 5:19b

Was the march for science a March away from God?

Various localities around the world took part in the ‘March for Science’ on Saturday, 22 April 2017.  What was it about?  Three different kinds of science were lumped together: operational science, climate change and the ‘science’ of evolution.  Nobody has problems with testable, observable, repeatable science.  It serves society very well.  We don’t want to comment on climate change, but would like to say the following about ‘evolution science.’

# Why is Darwinian evolution called science? 

It was not established as science by repeated experiments, because that is not possible.  You cannot test past events repeatedly.  Darwinian evolution is an absolute dud when it comes to scientific benefits to society through practical applications.   It is practical science that gives inventions, applications and progress to society.

#  God and the ‘god’ of evolution are opposites 

Darwinian evolution is an attempt to dethrone the Creator God.

  • As the Owner and Ruler of His creation, God decreed that forgiveness of sins is only possible through the exchange of innocent blood.
  • In the Old Testament it was through the sacrifice of animals.  It was a pointer to the coming Redeemer, Jesus.
  • From the New Testament we know that the Son of God, Jesus, is the Lamb who died in our place for forgiveness of our sins.

 

#  Why is forgiveness of sins such a threat?

  • Forgiveness of our sins rescues us from the devil’s wiles.
  • Scripture tells us that the ruler of the world, the devil, deceives the whole world. 1  He hates the verse, ‘For He [God] has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption [recovery out of slavery under the devil], the forgiveness of sins. 2
  • Jesus forgives sins (Jesus testified to it when friends brought a paralytic to Him, ‘…so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins….’ 3).
  • God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit were all involved in creation.  They are all involved in freeing us from the bondage of Satan.

#  What the devil hates?

The devil hates it that people can be freed and saved to inherit eternal life in Jesus, which he cannot.  If he can convince people that there was no Creator, then logically people assume there is no Saviour.  Then they are left in their sins with no forgiveness.  O, the devil loves that very much!

Conclusion

We know the world did not evolve, because it was created by the omnipotent God.  Therefore we know that when He forgives it is effective.  The Saviour came to save, and it works all the time. Darwinian evolution is a deception with the intent to lead people away from freedom in Jesus.

References

  1. Revelation 20:8
  2. Colossians 1:13
  3. Matthew 9:6