…There were quite a few! Just like today, there were plenty of bad ones, but the good ones were astonishingly good, and role models to us all. The rule of thumb is that whenever there was a good man in charge, the women were content to relax, restrict their jurisdiction to ruling as queen of hearth, babe, and home, and trust their menfolk in all other business. Though a wife’s counsel to her husband is a valuable, blessed, and always welcome commodity, women living in godly times with godly men could take a back seat and feel no need to usurp themselves as their spouse’s teacher. (1 Tim 2:12-14). But if there was no godly male leader around, occasionally a godly woman would step up to the plate and deliver in spades, exceeding abundantly above all that anyone could ask or think, according to the power that worked in her, and to the rebuke and shame of the men involved. The proof text is Judges 4:89 – And Barak (a man) said unto Deborah, “If thou wilt go with me (to battle), then I will go. But if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go”. And she said, “I will surely go with thee, notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour, for the Lord shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman”.
A woman doing a man’s job is thus a shame and a rebuke to the man. It is an openly declared removal of his honour, and a denunciation of him as a sluggard and a coward. In scripture it is a punishment, and a divine sign or warning of further punishment, and a judgment upon so-called ‘men of God’. In the same way that God used pagan neighbouring states such as the Philistines and Babylonians as both a sign and a rod to conquer and chastise Israel for spiritual laziness and disobedience on His behalf, women are also a judgment tool of God upon the failing men of God in any age. When women hold powerful positions in the upper echelons of a civilisation, it is not a failing by those women, nor a disgrace to them. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates. But her ascendancy is a disgrace to the men, for we know that this has come about because man has failed, and dishonourably failed, to lead society in the paths of righteousness as he should, therefore a woman has arisen to do his job instead.
We thus live (predictably) today in a godless society in which women, by the permission and encouragement of men, do men’s jobs and have the rule over men, and this is an open rebuke to the modern man who has lost his honour and the sense of it. The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold, therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. But a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
Herewith, some links to a selection of addresses concerning some of the many women and their works for good or evil recorded in scripture. Keep checking back here as new ones are added: