For today’s little sermonette let’s consider Isaiah 6:3 in the King James Version of holy scripture. It says…
1In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 2Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. 3And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 4And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
Isaiah 6:3, KJV
This classic song is probably one of my absolute favorites. I love worship songs that are part bible, part prayer, and part spiritual song. I heard a preacher say recently that he believed God was a musician at heart. I really liked that. Miriam, the sister of Moses, was a musician. King David was a musician and that was evident by his early ministry in King Saul’s court easing the evil spirit that tormented him. Hymns and worship songs played a big role in the New Testament as well and music to this day is a key component in the house of God. Here is one of my favorite renditions of Holy, Holy, Holy.
March is Women’s History Month and I have been remiss in highlighting or speaking to that at all. My apologies to all female church leaders! From old testament times where women were considered to be property, to the suffrage movement that fought for the right to vote, to the modern day prejudices that still exist in some circles against women in the pulpit. Let’s end the month of March in defense of women in the pulpit.
My early years in ministry were spent around some pretty conservative folks who had very discriminatory views on women in ministry. I’m not going to honor that point of view as if it’s legitimate or a viable perspective but it’s not. The old testament is replete with women preachers and leaders who were anointed by God to speak on his behalf and lead the flock. Miriam was anointed and was a vital, albeit behind the scenes, and blessed part of the leadership team that God used to bring the Hebrew people out of Egypt. Deborah was used in the book of Judges in war and battle. Ruth and Naomi were vital in the maintaining and fostering Davidic lineage to Joseph and by extension to Christ. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was anointed by the Holy Ghost to prophecy and speak truth and declare doctrine.
Women in the pulpit and women in executive leadership positions have always been the plan and vital part of the Church universal. Any church or organization that disallows or discourages women pastors or preachers is outside of scriptural teaching and in clear violation of the intent of true church leadership.