We read how God defines women in the Bible. Eight women (Gospel of Luke) are being defined, each according to her faith in God and love of God.
Mary, a favored woman: She believed in the Good News from God. She obeyed. She is favored because the Lord is with her and she believes His words. And she loves God.
Luke 1:28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”
Luke 2:23 The law of the Lord says, “If a woman’s first child is a boy, he must be dedicated to the Lord.”
A sinful woman forgiven: She had saving faith (in action). Her sins were forgiven. Others looked at her external, a sinful immoral woman. But Jesus saw something deep, her love for Him. Look at her, He said. What did Jesus see? He saw her kneeling before Him, weeping and serving Him out of her unabashed love, giving all she had, by faith. God is pleased with faith and love in action. God rewards those who come to Him by faith and seek Him diligently. (Hebrews 11:6)
Luke 7:36 [ Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman ] One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so Jesus went to his home and sat down to eat.
Luke 7:37 When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume.
Luke 7:39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!”
Luke 7:44 Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair.
Luke 7:48 Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.”
Luke 7:50 And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
A woman who had suffered 12 years of constant bleeding. Her faith (in action) in Jesus had healed her. She was just an unnamed woman in the crowd. When healed she stood out and gave a public testimony. Because of her faith and diligence in seeking God, God is pleased and rewards her faith in action. (Hebrews 11:6)
Luke 8:43 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding, and she could find no cure.
Luke 8:47 When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed.
A woman named Martha who welcomed Jesus into her home and served Him. She knew how to be a generous hospitable and diligent hostess to Jesus. Her name and her hospital act are duly recorded in the Bible.
Luke 10:38 [ Jesus Visits Martha and Mary ] As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.
A woman (possibly wishing He was her own son) in the crowd who dared to praise Him in admiration in open, after hearing Him teaching them on serious spiritual matters.
Luke 11:27 As he was speaking, a woman in the crowd called out, “God bless your mother—the womb from which you came, and the breasts that nursed you!”
A woman crippled and bound by an evil spirit for eighteen years and healed by Jesus. She was a woman of no status in that society and yet she came to where Jesus was, in public. Jesus saw and healed her. Her faith was rewarded. She became a life testimony to Jesus. She was personally named by Jesus as a dear woman, a daughter of Abraham (father of faith)!
Luke 13:11 He saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight. Luke 13:12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!”
Luke 13:16 This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?”
A woman used by Jesus as an example in His parable about making bread with yeast (the multiplying power of the Holy Spirit on God’s words). Why did Jesus use a woman as example? There were many women who were listening to His teaching and they became His faithful followers and disciples. Some became martyrs later with the other disciples.
Luke 13:21 It is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”
Another woman used by Jesus as an example in the parable of searching for the one lost coin (soul).
Luke 15:8 [ Parable of the Lost Coin ] “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it?
There were altogether eight extraordinary women mentioned here. Remember the women existed in Bible times, at least two thousands years ago. Jesus spoke to them and spoke of them. What Jesus (the Son of God) spoke were duly recorded in the Bible. For two thousands years many had read of them! Don’t you wonder why the Holy Spirit specifically highlighted these women?
Are you not pleased and honored if you are a woman too? I would be.