2010-02-12 - The Woman in Us All
Author's Note: This set based on a sermon from April 7, 2002 should be much shorter than the last. I hope it will give you some food for thought.
Oliver Herford once said, "A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's. She changes it more often." Over the years I have learned there are two times a man doesn't understand a woman: before marriage and after marriage. Now having said that and poked a little fun at the females, I want us to try to understand "the woman in us all". No, I do not want us all wearing a dress or anything flaky. No medical operation will be needed but maybe a spiritual one. Let's look at a woman encountered by Christ in Luke 8. Let's read Luke 8:43-48.
The Woman in Us All
Here in this story we see first of all the unclean woman. Let's examine what we read of her and see how we are like her. Let's begin by seeing ourselves in three bad things about this woman.
First, she was a social outcast because her infirmity would have made her unclean in a culture that was all about cleanliness. Leviticus 15 makes it plain that those with issues are shunned. You can see the extent of this shunning in Leviticus 15:25. Like her we too have an issue, ours is an issue of sin. We too are outcasts in God's society, which is about spiritual cleanliness and perfection. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
Second, her riches could not help her. She had spent everything trying to find answers. Many try to solve their own problems and earn or buy their way into Heaven. But no one will get in by their own efforts or due to any amount of money. In fact Jesus even said it was difficult for a rich man to enter heaven; just look at the encounter with the rich young man found in Matthew 19:16-26. Ephesians 2:9 tells us salvation is not by any works so none of us can boast.
Third, not only was she unable to help herself but nobody else could help her. She had sought help from the best and wisest doctors - all to no avail. No one could help her and no one can help us. On judgment day if I claim "But God I know Preacher So-and-so" God will turn to me and say "Fool - depart from me. I never knew you"
Next time we will examine some good things about this woman.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted