Jesus demonstrated for us amazing attitudes toward good, godly women during his ministry on earth. He was born and lived on this earth during a time when women were not highly regarded. In truth neither women or children were considered as equal citizens in their empire. The men held the places of privilege. Women and children were to be seen not heard, and not seen much in the public arena. A woman out in public wihout a father or husband was suspect especially concerning morals.
Jesus from the beginning treated the women he came in contact with, with respect, kindness and consideration. First, he dealt with women overwhelmed in sin as treasures worth saving. Think of the woman at the well who had moral problems, and came to the well where Jesus was resting. She came alone in the middle of the day most likely because her lifestyle was offensive to the other women, and traveling with them would have been completely uncomfortable. She came alone with her bucket to draw the water and get back home without being cut down and criticized. Jewish men had nothing to do wiht Samaritans of any sort. But to accommpany a Samaritan woman was completely unacceptable. Jesus ignored all that and asked the woman for a drink. He showed respect by asking a favor from her. She was shocked that he as a Jewish male was talking to her, much less asking a favor. “What are you a Jewish man asking me a Samaritan woman for a drink?” Jesus led her to a spiritual conversation, by saying, “If you knew who I was you would ask and I would give you living water.” “Where will you get this living water since you don’t even have a bucket and the well is deep?” Jesus explained the difference between the water in the well and the water he would give. The water in the well would quench her thirst for a while. The water he would give would spring up in her to forever quench her thirst for all time. She wanted that water. Wouldn’t you have also? Jesus shocked her more with the next statement. “Go call your husband and come back.” “I don’t have a husband.” “You told the truth about that. You’ve had five husbands and the one you now have isn’t your husband.” “Wow, you must be a prophet.” Notice what happened next. “Our fathers say that in this mountian is where we should worship but you Jews say it is Jerusalem. Which is right?” Jesus showed his tremendous sense of value for a woman, even one in need of repentance, by explaining more clearly to her than anyone else the right way to worship God. “Right now since salvation is of the Jews, Jerusalem is the place to worship, but the time is coming and is now here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. The Father is looking for that true worshiper who will worship him in spirit and in truth.”
Think of the fact, Jesus hadn’t given that explanaiton about worship to the apostles, to the religious leaders of the day or to the religious people who had gathered to hear him. But to a Samaritan woman with moral problems he explained that real worshipers worship with their whole heart and in the way God has instructed them. But that isn’t the end of his valuing this woman. She said to him, “I know that the messiah is coming.” He declared to her, “I who speak to you am he.” He didn’t use any parables, figures of speech or hide the reality. He stated simply, “I who speak to you am He.”
She became one of the first missionaries Jesus commissioned. She went back to town to tell the very people she had before avoided to tell them about the man who had told her all that she had ever done. I’m certain this was her sense of what had happened. What had he really told her about her life? “You’ve had five husbands and the man you live with now isn’t your husband.” In that statement he had demonstrated that nothing in her life was hidden from him. But what she had been and how she had lived, meant nothing about what she could be with His help. Her life was turned around. Instead of needing to avoid the people she had the message they needed. She brought people to Jesus. Many of them turned their lives around to be true disciples of The Lord.
This event early in the ministry of Jesus signaled that things were going to be different for the godly woman during his ministry and in the world after his coming. He set in motion something that would result in Paul saying about the kingdom of Christ, “There is neither Jew, nor Greek, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female , for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)
Every woman today that feels and acts as though there is nothing that is beyond their ability should bow their knee to the God of Heaven and thank Him for sending Jesus to show His love and respect for women who would believe.