We all know the story of how Satan used God’s own words to twist the truth as he spoke to Eve in the Garden of Eden. He caused Eve to question what God said, but what is interesting is how Eve responded to him from Genesis 3:1-5.
“Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?’"
And what is Eve’s response? Instead of repeating exactly what God told her, she added to what God said to Adam which was, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:17) But when Eve was tempted, she said, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it or you will die"
I am sure that after Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden, Eve analyzed that whole conversation over and over in her mind. It would have changed the whole of humanity if Eve had simply acknowledged that God is God and that the serpent is a liar.
While Eve’s ultimate sin has cast a shadow on the ways in which men throughout the centuries and even to this day look at women and their roles in society, in the church, and in the family, Jesus has come! He has risen! The shadow of Eve’s sin and all sin is no more! Not only did Jesus remove sin from the equation, Jesus’ words, teachings, and preaching cast a bright light on the sins of racism, classism, and, yes, sexism, not only in the world but in the church.
Jesus was radical in the way He treated women versus the ways in which women of the time were expected to be treated. Just give this some thought:
In John 2: 1-11, Jesus turns water into wine per his mother's request. He listened to His mother even though He was an adult male, and could just as easily dismissed her, leaving the women servants to deal with the problem.
While women were seen as less important and left to live in the background of men, Jesus decides to heal a dying little girl. And as He moved among a crowd of people, most of whom probably thought that He should be restoring someone more righteous than a little girl, He thrusts an insignificant woman with insurmountable faith into the spotlight when He says, “Who touched me?” Then He looked at her and said, “DAUGHTER, your faith has healed you.” (Mark 5:21-43)
Not long after that, he went to the house of this 12-year-old little girl, not a king, or a leader, or a Rabbi, but a little girl, and said, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”. And she did!
In Luke 13, a woman with a disabling spirit who was physically bent over came to Jesus in the synagogue and was healed. The ruler of the synagogue rebuked her for coming on the Sabbath. Being that she was a woman, she certainly could not question or speak or defend herself. Jesus turned around and rebuked the ruler of the synagogue in her defense.