Scripture treats women with dignity
Scripture gives dignity to all types of workers, men and women, not elevating any honest profession above another. David was a shepherd and a king. Luke was a doctor. Lydia was a retailer of purple fabric. Daniel was a government worker. Paul was a tentmaker. Mary was a homemaker. And finally the Lord was a carpenter. In God’s economy, there is equal dignity in the labor of the President of General Motors and a secretary serving a church. Psalms 31: 10-31.
In the story of the Woman at the well, John 4, Jesus goes through Samaria and rests at a well where He speaks to a women. Samarians were the outcasts of Jewish society so just by going through that area Jesus went against the social norm. However, He went further. The woman came to the well alone indicating that she was an outcast among outcasts. No self respecting Jewish man would find himself speaking to a Samaritan, much less a Samaritan outcast woman. Yet Jesus broke through the racial and gender barriers because He is the image of His Father and He treats all men and women with dignity.
A woman who fears the Lord gains the wisdom of the Lord. She brings honor to her home.
Her husband is known at the gates.
Meditate on these verses.
The Virtuous Wife,-
10 Who can find a virtuouswife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
15 She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.
20 She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
22 She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.
25 Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.