December 24, 2022
“He made the bronze basin and its stand from the bronze mirrors of the women who served at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.”
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“He made the bronze basin and its stand from the bronze mirrors of the women who served at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.” Exodus 38:8
There is a notion among certain groups that Christianity discriminates against women in ministry. However, just because the Lord has chosen men to serve in certain ministry roles doesn’t mean He has judged that women cannot minister. By no means should His character be brought on trial just because we cannot fathom His wisdom!
In addition, there is no language anywhere in Scripture indicating that women are inferior in any way intellectually or spiritually to men. “Roles of service in the congregation” is simply one of those cases in life where God has made a judgment, and we are called to honor it, regardless of feelings or cultural/social customs.
A few chapters ago, it was pointed out that women played an important role in constructing the Tabernacle.
“Every skilled woman spun yarn with her hands and brought it: blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and fine linen. And all the women whose hearts were moved spun the goat hair by their skill.” Exodus 35:25-26
In addition, women contributed what must have been the bulk of the gold and fine metals. I say this because it was mostly jewelry that was melted down to make the tabernacle articles.
“Both men and women came; all who had willing hearts brought brooches, earrings, rings, necklaces, and all kinds of gold jewelry – everyone who waved a presentation offering of gold to the Lord….” Exodus 35:22-24
An interesting thing about the women (who served at the Tent of Meeting’s entrance) donating mirrors is the profound message it sends: The closer a woman gets to the Lord, the less concerned she is with her outer appearance.
“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised. Give her the reward of her labor, and let her works praise her at the city gates.” Proverbs 31:30-31
While the Lord has prescribed specific roles for people in His Kingdom, try not to concentrate on someone else’s role. Focus instead on the fact that the God of all creation has designed a role specifically for YOU. Now, go put your whole self into fulfilling that role!