MAKING OF THE SPIRITUAL WOMAN
Introduction: The truth is women have yet to realize their true potential, calling and place in the House of God. In woman is first found the fulfillment of ‘last will become first’ by her divine election in God’s plan of redemption for mankind. Let us understand that no man is ever going to give women that which is only the prerogative of the Holy Spirit. Yes, only the Spirit of God can lead His people into all truth and rightly convict them of sin, judgment and righteousness.
The list below begins with the two Marys who are the ‘Marian’ inspiration behind the name of this ministry. Greatest pioneers in the making of the spiritual woman, both of them are indubitably remarkable and exemplary. Though at first outwardly there may appear a contradiction, their spiritual personalities thrive on par with each other and manifest God’s amazing love and awesome grace by which He calls and chooses His own. “The Spirit gives life; flesh counts for nothing….” (Jn 6:63). As such, let us understand blessed Mary was no more worthy because of her virginity than Mary Magdalene unworthy because of her past sinful life. Only those that are spiritually near-sighted (2 Pet 1:9), focus on the worthiness or unworthiness of the flesh. For, sin and death dominated flesh of man by itself is unworthy of any such honor.
1. Blessed Mary – for her perfect submission to God (Lk 1:38). As mother of Jesus, she symbolizes the consummation of divine election of woman (Gen 3:15) and fulfills the prophetic sign (Isa 7:14) that marks the turning point for mankind in the restoration of former dominion of the Daughter of Zion (Mic 4:8) – the nation of God raised not by the seed of the cursed man but by the Spirit of God (Jn 3:5-8).
2. Mary Magdalene – for offering the divinely commemorated worship and for becoming the first recruit to preach the Good News of Christ’s resurrection. (Lk 7:44-46 and Jn 20:17).
3. Eve – for being the only one to make an honest confession before God (Gen 3:13b). And her election as mother of all the living (Gen 3:20) for she invited motherhood into the world (Gen 3:16a). Refer Women of God-II.
4. Sarah – for being the first woman, after Eve, to receive God’s Word directly, reinstating Gen 3:15 by her election as mother of both physical and spiritual Israel (Isa 51:2, Gen 18:10-15,Gen 17:16).
5. Leah – for learning to give God the glory due only to Him instead of continuing with her vain attempts to win her husband’s love (Gen 29:35).
6. Prophetess Deborah and Jael – for becoming the chosen women to end the oppression of His people while men were overcome with fear (Judg 4:4-10, 5:24-31b).
7. Abigail – for refusing to be cowed down by her husband’s foolhardiness and averting a great tragedy from her household and preventing David from committing meaningless bloodshed (1 Sam 25:10-42).
8. Rahab the prostitute – for being the only person and woman in a city who dared to translate her faith into deeds even though she knew it might cost her her very life (Josh 2:8-13, 6:22-23, James 2:25-26).
9. Tamar – for finding her place in God’s plan against all odds (Matt 1:3, Gen 38:26).
10. Rebekah – for gladly forsaking her all to lay claim on the greater inheritance and thus symbolizing Church, the Bride of Christ. Also, for becoming the first woman to inquire of the Lord and being rewarded by His counsel in return (Gen 24:58, Gen 25:22-23, Isa 8:19).
11. Shiprah and Puah – for exemplifying true faith and fear of God by perfect obedience (Ex 1:17).
12. Zelophehad’s five daughters – for being the first women to prove that God’s heart is above man’s laws, even in matters of inheritance (Num 27:5-7, Job 42:15, Isa 55:8-9).
13. Hanna – for showing that a godly woman looks beyond the love of man to fulfill God’s purpose in her life (1 Sam 1:8, 24-28).
14. Jephthah’s daughter – for paying with her life and teaching us the importance of keeping our oaths to the Lord (Judg 11:36, Ps 15:4b).
15. Miriam the prophetess – for being chosen to lead His people along with Moses and Aaron and for leading women in worship with tambourines and dancing (Ex 15:20-21, Mic 6:4b).
16. Queen Esther – for faithfully following the will of God, at great risks, to bring evil plans of godless men to naught. She personifies the perfect readying of the Bride of the Lamb by the Spirit (Esth 2:9, 12, 17-18).
17. The widow of Zarephath – for her complete trust in the Lord as she was prepared to die rather than turn to man for help (1 Kings 17:7-16, Lk 4:25-26).
18. Naomi – for persevering in faith in a foreign land even though she had lost her all. She diligently imparted God’s Word to her household. Thus winning greater blessing in the form of her daughter-in-law Ruth who turned out to be better than seven sons (Ruth 4:14-17).
19. Ruth – for rightly discerning her mother-in-law’s supreme faith and literally following her footsteps. She conquered the curses of her race to exemplify total renewal and honor in Christ by finding her place in the most blessed lineage (The book of Ruth, Matt 1:5b, Matt 12:50).
20. The poor widow – for her surpassing righteousness (Matt 5:20) as she went on to portray faith of not just a ‘Tither’ but that of a ‘100% giver’ (Mk 12:42-44).
21. Huldah the prophetess – for counseling king Josiah according to God’s Word and thus help averting prophesied judgment on the land, during his reign (2 Kings 22:14-20).
22. Martha’s sister Mary – for having the wisdom to choose better, which is the Word of God. As Jesus reassures it is that which will never be taken away (Lk 10:39, 42; Matt 5:6).
23. Anna the prophetess – for being rewarded with the joy of beholding the promised Messiah with her own eyes and speaking about Him to all who like her were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem (Lk 2:36-38).
24. The rich Shunamite woman – for honoring and providing for Elisha, the prophet of God, and before long reaping her blessings which far outnumbered her little sacrifices (2 Kings 4:8-37).
25. Lois and Eunice – the mother and daughter pair who diligently upheld the tradition of teaching God’s Word, a tradition young Timothy, the grandson, carried on faithfully (2 Tim 1:5).
26. The debt-ridden widow – for putting her trust in the Lord and obeying in faith the simple instructions which went on to reap unmatched dividends (2 Kings 4:1-7).
27. The Canaanite woman – for her incredible faith that looked beyond her cursed and lowly state to lay claim on that which is blessed and eternal (Matt 15:22-28).
28. The sick elderly woman – for her incredible statement of faith. By healing and honoring her publicly Jesus had for ever wiped away the years of self-reproach and neglect she’d endured (Matt 9:20-22).
29. The unnamed and countless women of the early church – for receiving their dead back to life by faith and for gladly suffering and dying for Christ’s sake to gain a better resurrection (Heb 11 35).
30. The persistent widow – for refusing to give up and persevering prayerfully (Lk 18:6-8; Isa 62:6-7).
31. The crippled woman – for her unwavering faith until she’d finally met Jesus to receive deliverance from her bondage of eighteen years (Lk 13:10-17).
32. Naaman’s servant girl – for upholding her faith in a foreign land, even though very young. Thanks to her faith and watchfulness, she brought immense blessing to the household she served (2 Kings 5:2-3).
33. The post-exile women of Israel during Ezra and Nehemiah’s time – for joining forces with men to guard, to build and to contribute towards restoration of the house of Israel (Ezra 3:2, 7; Neh 3:12; Neh 4:13 etc.).
34. The Samaritan woman – for evangelizing an entire town so that many believed in Jesus and called on the Name of the Lord, all in a day’s work! (Jn 4:39-42).
35. Joanna, Susanna, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, Salome and others – for supporting God’s work out of their own means. They did not desert Him like their male counterparts had, but together with Mary, mother of Jesus, followed Him faithfully all the way to Golgotha to keep vigil by the cross and thereafter to the tomb. Thanks to their courage, diligence and faithfulness, women became the first ones to behold the resurrected Lord. (Lk 8:2-3, Matt 27:55-56, 61, Matt 28:1-10, Lk 23:27, 49, 55-56, Lk 24:1- 10, Mk 15:40-41, 47, Mk 16:1-9, Jn 19:25, Jn 20:1, 11-18). They were also among the first to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the very day of His advent (Acts 1:14, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 2:16-21, Acts 2:33).
36. Philip’s four daughters, Syntyche, Euodia, Phoebe, Priscilla, Dorcas, Lydia, Mary, Persis, Tryphena, Tryphosa, Rufus’ mother, Julia, Nereus’ sister, chosen ladies Peter and John refer to in their letters etc. – for entering mainstream ministry and serving as loyal yokefellows (Acts 21:9; Phil 4:2; Rom 16; Acts 9:36; Acts 16:14-17, 1 Pet 3:13, 2 Jn 1 & 13 etc).
37. Zipporah – for having the divine insight to act quickly and consecrating herself and her son with the covenant of circumcision and saving their lives, including the life of Moses (Ex 4:24-26).
38. Belshazzar’s and Pilate’s wives – the queen of Babylon and the governor’s wife respectively for being chosen as two of Wisdom’s many maids (Prov 9:3) to willingly break protocol and counsel their husbands with true fear of God (Dan 5:10-12, Matt 27:19). For, deep inside her heart, beyond the man-made shackles that restrain her, the woman’s true desire whenever it surfaces is proven to be for the One True God (Dan 11:37).
39. Manoah’s wife – for being faithful with the Word of God entrusted to her (Judg 13:7) so that she is found worthy to receive it again (Judg 13:9). Also refer Lk 16:10. Her anonymity is foreshadowed by her wisdom, for like the proverbial wife of noble character, Prov 31:26, “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” (Judg 13:22-23).
41. King Lemuel’s mother – here’s someone who needs to be brought out of the closet for imparting the greatest piece of wisdom to her son on the Bride of the Lamb otherwise entitled here as “The Wife of Noble Character” (Prov 31), the most spiritual impetus there is for men and women of God to seek guidance from and grow into.
42. Rizpah, king Saul’s concubine – for seeking God’s Justice Who withheld rain from the land until David had done the right thing by her deceased sons who were given over by him to be slaughtered by the Gibeonites for no fault of theirs. Thus her story reinstates the fact that God does not order the killings (which is why He sends the famine in the first place so that His people may make amends for the killing of the Gibeonites – 2 Sam 21:1), rather it is men themselves who carry them out of their own accord and in order to justify themselves do it in the Name of God! (2 Sam 21).
43. Queen of Sheba – for going to the ends of the world in pursuit of Truth. Though, she fully benefited from Solomon’s anointing (1 Kings 10:1) and was saved (read her personal testimony – 1 Kings 10:6-9), he ended up rejecting knowledge and incurred God’s wrath (1 Kings 11:9-13, Prov 1:29).
Conclusion: Woman being the chosen one (Gen 3:15, Rev 12:1), the wise among women naturally seek and follow God. Just as Jesus testifies, “The queen of the south will rise at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now one greater than Solomon is here.” Refer Lk 11:31, 1 Kings 10:1-13. Isa 4:9, “I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are My servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you…” and Isa 43:6b, “….Bring My sons from afar and My daughters from the ends of the earth – everyone who is called by My name, whom I created for My glory, whom I formed and made.”
May God bless you!