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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For May
Leading Of The Women

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Exodus 15:20-21 KJV
(20) And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.
(21) And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

After the Pharaoh of Egypt and his horsemen went into the Red Sea, Miriam lead the women in song. I wonder sometimes if position comes with who you know rather then leadership ability. It should come more with ability then who you know. Yet in truth the Miriam is more associated with her brother Aaron instead of Moses. If one examines Aaron leadership verses Moses, one will discover Moses is more of a lawgiver and Aaron more of religious leadership, though not always serving God in all compacities. Miriam loved the Lord and praised his name. When we think of women in general in the Bible most are giving birth to some great leader. Scripture does not tell is Miriam had children of her own. What we know about Miriam is she was a prophetess and had even had divine communication with God. She lead the women in song and the women followed.

First women mention in scripture in leadership worship role for the congregation. I sure there were others, but Miriam position is clear. Women need to lead women and men need to lead men. There is times when women need to communicate with men verses women and vise versa. Our government is working with all male committee for healthcare and it concerning the women. If you tell me all then men on the board are married and are in love with their wives, I be less concern with all men committee. Yet if You tell me that most are unhappy in marriage, the war on women healthcare might be issue.

Miriam would have time of communication with God and the men when she spoke against Moses. It would cause her to have leprosy. Story found in Numbers 12. Donít worry she only suffers seven days outside the camp as punishment for her sin. She was a godly woman, who had leadership skills with the women. Yet the point I am making, is women are often seeing as only baby makers, and they have many skills. Many skills, in different aspects of leadership. As believers we need to know womenís roles are mention in early scripture and through even the New Testament. Yet men tend to congregate with men and women congregate with women. It is a natural pecking order of the sexes. Yet there time when those pecking orders are crisscrossed. Women raise men and men raise daughters, and we all should professionally get along, but it not always true. Yet Miriam leading the women showing that womenís roles were present even in worship.

Dear Heavenly Father as we head toward Motherís Day help us to understand the vital roles of women in scripture to lead other women and to raise leaders up for you. Remind us of the women in our lives that they are your creation and worthy of a week of remembering their leadership and value to family, worship, and work. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion: Acts 16:13-15 KJV
(13) And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.
(14) And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
(15) And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.


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