Old Testament through eyes of Semitic culture


The OT revelation was mediated through a Semitic culture in which male superiority and chauvinism were almost built into the structure of things.  That male-oriented culture was available to God as a medium for communication and He was content to use it.

In the early days of Israel in Palestine, the ‘nation’ was not a nation in the sense that we would mean by that term today.  During these years, the Pentateuch came to be penned.

The first five books of our Bible are consequently mediated through a culture already functioning on tribal lines.  The dominant role of fathers and men in general was inherited as a norm.

The God whom we meet in the OT does not seem to concentrate any primary attack on this state of affairs. At the same time, in many of His words and acts, the creator God showed Himself dissatisfied with a worldview in which women were so dehumanized.

The creation stories of Genesis describe the intention of the Lord as He made man.  According to Genesis, the male is supposed to leave his parental home and cleave to his wife – in reality, the woman left her home and moved into her husband’s family house.

Throughout the OT, many incidents are highlighted which give the sense of the Lord God trying to retrieve some sense of equality and dignity for  the female part of His human creation.  Even in the announcement of judgement upon a foreign nation, the Lord promises special care for surviving —

I will protect the orphans who remain among you.
    Your widows, too, can depend on me for help.”             Jeremiah 49:11





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Have you ever noticed how many special ways God refers to us, His dear children? He calls us His beloved sons and daughters, the righteous, children of the kingdom, His anointed, royal priesthood, the faithful in Christ, His temple, His friends, and so many other loving names that speaks to who we are in Him. Also in many cases, the names we are given at birth have both biblical and heavenly identities tied into them. Our Heavenly Father who watches over us daily has created the ideal path for each of us to take to travel the journey of life, just as a father will make plans for his own child by putting things in place at a very early age for education, health, graduation, and marriage. God has predestined and equipped each of us to carry out a specific purpose that will create the design He desires to be in place for His kingdom to be effective in the earth.
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