A Message to Women
This post is not really addressing gender issues per se. It is rather addressing a crying need in the church today. That need is for women who understand their Bibles. There is a great hue and cry in the church today for women to live biblically. This is all well and good. But how can that happen without women knowing their Bibles? The impression one sometimes gets of women in the church is that they are supposed to be ignorant of Biblical truth. Biblical truth? That's for men, many say. Balderdash. Women are supposed to know their Bibles, both for their own spiritual growth, and for the growth of their families. If the woman of the house is well-trained in biblical truth, she can discuss Bible truths with her husband, questioning him and having give-and-take conversations and debates with him. And there is inestimable benefit for any children, since they will receive constant biblical training from their mothers. Okay, some might be convinced that this is a good idea. But does one go about doing it? I think a lot of people would want to do something about their ignorance, but they don't know what that would be. I would say that the first place to start is simply reading. There is no substitute for simply reading the Bible. And don't get stuck in Leviticus; keep on reading through it. Even if you don't know what it means, keep reading. The more you read, the more connections will be established, and you will start to see the big picture. However, along with reading, it is helpful to have a few good tools. A good Bible Dictionary is absolutely essential. It will tell you all about places, names, dates. It gives good overviews of Bible books, and, most importantly, can direct you in how a theme wends its way throughout Scripture. A good concordance is also essential. Next, a good book telling us what it's all about can be very helpful. Not only does it tell us what the Bible is really saying, but it also helps us in telling us how to intepret Scripture's truths for ourselves. None of this requires us to be scholars. Lastly, you need a good commentary that can be your guide through the text of Scripture. Matthew Henry is as good as it gets for non-scholars. Buy it. Every house should have this commentary. Here are some helpful starters. If you are still hungry for more, then you need to hear godly men expounding Scripture. Covenant Seminary has done an unprecedented thing by putting all these lectures on the internet. You can get an almost complete seminary education for absolutely free. Cheers, and start digging!