Posted by: Brian Musser | March 8, 2013

International Women’s Day

This post is in honor of International Women’s Day which is today, March 8th.  According to Wikipedia it was originally called International Working Women’s Day.  I would like to draw out some Christian Theology and Scripture.  Are you nervous?  So often Scripture has been misused as we have looked at women.  I completely understand reticence.   But let’s look at the very creation of humanity from Genesis 1:26 – 31.

Genesis 1:26-31 (NIV)
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

As we celebrate women today, we celebrate women who were created in the image of God.  Women require our respect, admiration, value, adoration, honor and celebration because of who they are.  Who are they?  They are the image bearers of the Divine.  God’s image was too grand for just one gender of humanity to bear so together both male and female humans display the image of God.  God’s image was too grand for just two humans to bear.  So as Adam and Eve have become the kaleidoscopic of diversity that we see before us, God’s image becomes clearer.  The mosaic of humanity is a reflection of who God is.  Each and every woman in your life in some way bears the image of the Almighty.  Humanity would be less able to truly reflect God if she were not a part of us.

Then as I have pointed out before, God’s image in humanity (in general and in women specifically) is attached to the assigned tasks of humanity.  God created humanity, male and female, to be fruitful, fill, subdue and rule over the creation.  These assigned task of Genesis are fulfilled in our work today.  I’m using work here in a boarder definition than just professional employment.  So as women work, wherever and however they going about completing the assigned tasks and mandates of God, they display the image of God through their work.  If you want to catch a glimpse of God, take a look at a working woman.  That working woman may be a corporate executive, a lunch lady, a bus driver, a professor, a police officer, a mother or even a lawyer.  Yes, even lawyers can display the image of God.

Finally, as we look at women and celebrate them today, we are doing nothing more than echoing the voice of God.  God looked at all that was made and said it was very good.  This is specifically to the woman reading this.  Although you may not always feel like you have the approval of the men in your life, know that you do have (recorded in Scripture) the irrevocable approval of God.  You are created by God.  And God has spoken over you as being very good.

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  1. I really enjoyed this post and not simply because I am a woman. I appreciate the affirmation you gave to all women as a reflection of who God is.


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