Purpose of this Session
Consider the following examples from the Old Testament of mighty women of God, anointed by Him to lead, to prophesy and to represent Him publicly. As we do so, remember that the New Testament is a better covenant, and one that restored not one that stripped. If women ministered under the Old Covenant, whilst the law and the strength of the fall was still in affect, how much more now that the curse has been broken and the law fulfilled through Christ.
Each of these women conducted themselves in proper order, fully completing their ministry under the headship of male covering (not control). For example, Miriam was under Moses care and cover, Deborah was under her husband Lapidoth’s covering, Isaiah’s wife (who also shared in her husband’s prophetic ministry) was of course subject to her husband.
This did not limit them in any way, it simply meant they operated according to divine order. As long as their covering acted according to the same Word, and loved and supported them as Christ does the church, seeking only their full release into the will and ministry God had for them, this could be nothing but a good and beneficial thing.
The following list is adapted from a similar list in Kevin Conner’s, ‘The Church in the New Testament’ (pp234-245)
Women prophetesses (those who were used as God’s mouthpiece) include:
a. Miraim (Ex 15:20; Ps 68:25; Num 12:1-10; Micah 6:4)
• Prophesied before the hosts of Israel.
• Sang the song of the Lord and led victory celebrations.
• Classed with Moses and Aaron as a leader and deliverer of God’s people
b. Deborah (Judges 4:4; 5:7-15)
• A Judge and prophetess in Israel.
• A spiritual mother and leader in Israel for 40 years
• Was acknowledged and submitted to just as other Judges were.
• The military head of 10,000 men together with Barak.
c. Huldah (2 Kings 22:12-20; 2 Chronicles 34:22)
• A prophetess, the wife of Shallum, to whom kings and priests deferred to hear the word of the Lord.
d. Isaiah’s wife (Isaiah 8:1-3)
• Known as a prophetess sharing in her husband’s prophetic ministry to Israel.
e. Anna (Luke 2:37-38)
A prophetess known for her devotion to God, and one who was first to publicly proclaim the advent of Messiah.
Apart from these notable women we also find women involved in the construction of the Tabernacle (Ex 38:8; 1 Sam 2:22).
We see that the law of the Nazarites (a setting apart for service to God) was for women as well as men (Num 6:1-27).
We are introduced to the daughters of Zelophehad who contended for and received their inheritance under the law of Moses (Num 27:1-7; Josh 15:6-19; 17:-4)
Esther the queen saved a nation under the counsel of Mordecai (Esther 1-11)
Heman, the singer, had daughters as well as sons who sang the songs of the Lord (1 Chron 25:5-6)
These are just some of the examples of women who ministered in various capacities apart from their responsibilities as wives, mothers and homemakers.