“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Genesis 1:27 NKJV
In the above text, we get to understand that when God created man in His image, He created him both male and female. That tells us that it takes the masculine and feminine qualities to understand the nature of God. God is neither male nor female. We use “He, Him, Himself” for convenience sake because there are no pronouns for a neutral gender in any language. God is as genderless as a table.
Much of gender issues stem up from the fact that we think the Trinity is predominantly men. God relates to us the way we want Him to relate to us. If you see God as your Teacher, He will be a Teacher to you. If you see Him as a Husband, He will be a Husband to you. If you see Him as a Father, He will be a Father to you. Perhaps, seeing God as your Mother is going to forever change your perspective and give you an in-depth revelation of what God’s unrelenting Love actually means.
If seeing God as a woman sounds blasphemous to you, then that says a lot about you. Have you noticed how almost every religion and culture is finding a way to downgrade woman to being a second-class citizen, an inferior gender or a secondary to man? In fact, many women have been trained to “inferioriate” themselves to a man in the name of religion and culture? Have you ever wondered why? Are we afraid to see the repercussions when a woman finally understand who she is and takes her rightful place by man?
This is going to be one heck of a ride.
Let us understand the context of Luke 15. The Pharisees accused Jesus of welcoming and eating with tax collectors and other outcasts. Women were included in the “outcast category”. It is written in the Talmud, a Holy Book was written by renowned Pharisees and used in conjunction with the Torah (the Law of Moses). In the Talmud, it is against the Law for a Rabbi to teach women. It is also against the Law to speak with women in public. In fact, a renowned 1st century Rabbi called Elzar wrote, “I’d rather burn the Torah than teach it to a woman”. His comments depict the religious communities of that day.
In the Old Testament, women were relegated to the outer court of the Tabernacle of Moses. There were four sections; Most Holy Place, Holy Place, Inner Court and Outer Court. Women were in the last together with other outcasts; lepers, foreigners, anomalies. But we know that Jesus had women following Him everywhere He went.
Now that I’ve established the fact that the outcasts included women, let’s go the 3 parables. Jesus told the Pharisees 3 parables, all having the same meaning; Parable of the lost sheep lost coin and lost son. In keeping context in mind (Luke 15:1-3); the shepherd was referring to God, the 99 sheep was the Pharisees and the lost sheep was the outcast, the sinners Jesus was welcoming. In the third parable, (famously known as the Parable of the Prodigal Son) the Father is God, the older brother is the Pharisees (who is jealous that His Father threw a party for the prodigal son), and the prodigal son is the outcasts.
But with the parable in the middle, Jesus said something amazing.
“Or suppose a woman who has ten silver coins loses one of them — what does she do? She lights a lamp, sweeps her house, and looks carefully everywhere until she finds it. When she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbours together, and says to them, ‘I am so happy I found the coin I lost. Let us celebrate!’
Luke 15:8-9 GNB
We may not really get it, but the hearers totally understood what Jesus was saying. Who was the coin that wasn’t lost? (righteous people who didn’t need repentance) The Pharisees. Who was the lost coin? The outcasts. Who was the woman? God. Jesus used a woman as a metaphor for God. Jesus was saying God is not only like a man. God is like a woman who cannot watch her own children perish but is willing to sacrifice her own life to save them all. Let me end with this verse;
“Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!
Isaiah 49:15 NLT
I love you