Hello all of my fellow friends! It’s my deepest prayer that you have had a blessed week. This week we will continue our study on women in the ministry and dissecting 1 Corinthians 14:34. We are going to take a look at a woman in the New Testament by the name of Anna. Lets’ first look at 1 Corinthians 14:34.
1 Corinthians 14:34– Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
For the past several weeks we have been pondering on exactly what law was Paul speaking of in this scripture. Let’s take a look at some scriptures in the Book of Luke.
Luke 2:36-38–36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; 37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
1. Anna was a prophetess. Prophetess in the Greek means: Profateyoo, means: To foretell events divine, speak under inspiration. According to Strong’s #4395.
2. Anna departed not from the temple, but she served God.
3. How did she serve God? With her fastings and prayers night and day.
4. Anna spoke of the Lord to all that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
One can plainly see that God used Anna to speak a divine word to those who were looking for their redemption. I personally believe that Anna spoke with great joy and boldness that the Messiah was finally born. No doubt, she prayed night and day for the birth of Jesus, and she was rewarded openly for her obedience. God could have chosen to use Joseph, after all, he did have a personal encounter with an angel. (Matthew 1:19-25) God could have used Zacharias because he too had an encounter with an angel. (Luke 1:11-19) Yet, God revealed His power through a little humble handmaiden, and many believed the words that God spoke out of her mouth.
There are many lessons to be learned from Anna, and the ministry that God called her into. One can see that she was completely sold out to the service of her King. She could have remarried, but she chose to live a separate life for the Lord. She lived a very holy, consecrated life for the Lord. I wonder how many of us today are willing to make such sacrifices. She had a powerful prayer life and God used her to pray prophetically. I believe that the most powerful ministry one could walk in is the ministry of intercessory prayer. God is able to take a prayer warrior places in the Spirit and speak to them about things to come. The prayers of a righteous man avails much. Our prayers can literally change the minds of kings and the course of events. I have found that some of my most powerful encounters with God have been in my private prayer closet. The Lord is calling His people into higher places, and this can only happen by having a personal relationship with Him.
2 Chronicles 7:14– If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
I pray that you’re enjoying digging into the Word of God as much as I am. It always gives me great satisfaction to expound on the scriptures. Next time we are going to uncover the answer to the BIG question. What Law? *smile . . . We will also learn who said that the women must be silent in the church. I find it interesting that Anna sure didn’t allow anyone to stop her from praying in the temple. And, I find it hard to believe that she didn’t pray out loud. Why, I feel certain that she had herself a Holy Ghost party . . . dancing and rejoicing in the Spirit of God! *Smile
Until next time,