Women In Ministry
It is vital for women to know who they are in ministry. It is time for women whom have been gifted by Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) to go forth in any ministry office, gifting, or grace given to them by Ruach HaKodesh.
Women have been essential in the Gospel ministry since the ressurection of Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) (Matthew 28:1-9). Women were also influential in the founding of the Church and the inauguration of Yeshua’s kingdom on the Day of Pentecost in Acts chapter two. Let’s examine the Scriptures:
Acts 1:12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey. 13And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. 14These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. 15And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) 16Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
17For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. 18Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
The context of this Scripture passage is the “120 ministry team” were returning to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives to wait for the outpouring of Ruach HaKodesh. Notice who was a part of the ministry team:
1. The 11 apostles
2. Mary the mother of Yeshua
3. Yeshua’s natural brothers
4. An unspecified mix of men and women
Verse 14 says they ALL continued in one accord in prayer and supplication. Notice the text didn’t assign a greater value to men in the Gospel ministry than it did to women. No gender was more important than the other. Also notice how verse 14 stresses that the women were in the ministry.
In verse 15 it says that the total number of men and women was about 120. Now, we have to understand the significance of the 120.
In Jewish history and tradition there was what was known as the Men of The Great Assembly (MOGA). The MOGA consisted of about 120 men who were prophets and sages who were used by YHWH to restore Godliness to the nation ofIsrael after Israel returned to her land after the Babylonian exile. Please watch this short video by a Jewish professor explaining the MOGA: https://youtu.be/EsuLGW43wA4.
The significance of the 120 in Acts is Ruach is placing a new Assembly of 120 that includes women who have equality in ministry with men. The 120 MOGA in the ers of the Old Testament was being relpaced by the new 120 constituted of men and women.
Notice in verse 15, it says Peter stood up and spoke to the disciples. The disciples were the entire 120. Also, notice Peter says concerning Judas Iscariot that Judas had no part in “this ministry.” Again, the ministry constituted the 120 men and women. The next time you hear someone say that women don’t belong in ministry, please tell him or her to read the Bible.
Ruach HaKodesh raised up a new 120 for a new era.
Now let’s examine Acts chapter two with the understanding of the Upper Room where the 120 men and women (the new assembly) were abiding.
Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 7And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born 9Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and
proselytes, 11Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. 12And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?13Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. 14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 16But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 19And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: 21And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
For brevity sake we will exegete the above passage by elucidating (making clear) four points:
1. On the Day of Pentecost, in Acts 2:1, the 120 ministry team were abiding on one accord.
2. In Acts 2:4 the entire 120 ministry team was filled with Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).
3. In Acts 2:4 the entire ministry team began to speak in a new language. This experience in speaking in other tongues was different from other experiences in the book of Acts. This experience of speaking in other tongues was accompanied with the interpretation of tongues which equalled prophecy. Notice that women were used to prophecy in the Church since day one.
4. Acts 2:17 quotes a prophecy by the Old Testament prophet Joel. Joel prophesied that Ruach HaKodesh would pour out His Spirit on all flesh. Notice in verse 17 Joel is quoted as mentioning daughters and in verse 18 he mentions handmaidens. It was prophesied that women would be used in ministry in the Old Testament.
Conclusion: Woman have been included in ministry from day one. Women being used in ministry is a fulfillment of prophecy. Let’s rethink any doctrine that limits women in ministry.