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God’s Incredible Mercy to Woman (Mt. 26:28 & 1 Peter 3:1)


After the resurrection, Jesus first appeared to a woman, and He gave her the privilege of taking the good news to the disciples. God also gave the woman the faith to believe the truth immediately, whereas the men were skeptical. Why would Jesus give a woman such faith and honor?

I believe He was showing His incredible mercy. In Genesis, we see that woman (Eve) was the first to disobey God, but in the resurrection, God appears first to woman and gives her the faith to believe immediately. In essence, He was revealing that He had forgiven Eve and was allowing her to be the first to return to Him.

Eve, through her lack of submission to her husband, caused Adam to stumble. In 1 Peter 3:1, we’re told that women should submit to their husbands “so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without talk by the behavior of their wives.”

I believe Christ was showing woman that He has forgiven her and that He has given her incredible spiritual influence over man. Woman’s lack of submission caused man to stumble. Her submission could restore him.

So, we women need to be patient with our men, since it was woman who caused man to stumble in the first place. It was Adam’s failure to take his responsibility as head of the family that caused him to fall, but he might never have fallen had Eve not stumbled him. We women must beware that we don’t trip our men! We must see to it that we do honor to Christ’s incredible mercy to us by serving man with the same “gentle and quiet spirit” that Christ did!

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