In this teaching, Aliyah takes us into the life of Sarah, Princess of God, faithful Disciple, and Mother to God’s chosen people. While many sermons and bad theology have painted Sarah as a bad woman and wife, this teaching reveals all that was right with Sarah. As a woman who guarded the covenant of God and was divinely chosen as the mama of YHWH's people, Sarah deserves a closer look as both a faithful woman and prophetic visionary.
John 7 verse 53 to 8 verse 11. I’ve heard many sermons about this adulterous woman, some have stirred my heart and made me awestruck by Yeshua’s Love and Kindness. A love He often displayed. Yet, within those sermons, we have not encountered the truth about these few short verses. A thorough, discerning reading of any good Bible would tell you that these verses about the adulterous woman, do not appear in the earliest manuscripts of John. So where do these verses come from? And are they inspired? The truth – will give you something to think about!
We love our heroine Esther and her moment of courageous availing. A step out to go before the king and intercede. Yet, in the first few chapters of the story Esther is defined and explained as silent. The narrative is not even told from her perspective, it does not focus on her bravery, but rather on her compliance and her upbringing. In Esther's life much like in our own, there will be a moment, a pause accompanied by a question. A question we will have to answer, a moment that can change the rest of the story. In this teaching, Aliyah takes us to that moment and directs it towards ourselves.
Romans chapter 16 is a list of greetings Paul makes to the faithful believers in Rome. In his moving movement of longing to be with the women and men he knew, he 16 listed 29 individuals, 10 of them were women. This list mentions 6 specific congregational functions, positions of service and authority within the earliest meeting places. In these roles, Paul greets only 3 men while 7 women are named as active in congregational roles. These include the role of deaconess, patron, co – labourer, host, labourer and apostle. In this teaching, Aliyah digs deep in to the female leaders Paul greets, and discovered how powerfully they led, fought, mentored, preached, taught and worked for the kingdom.
Fragments of her story tell us about her life. A life of hope versus hopelessness, and a life of expectation of redemption. In the Garden, Eve received a prophecy. A deep prophecy that placed her at the centre of the Redemption Narrative. It was a prophecy that she held on to, a prophecy that we should hold on to. In this teaching, Aliyah pieces together the fragments to discover Eve's thoughts and feelings. Not only does her feelings speak of redemption, they speak to us about what to expect in our own lives.
What could have “shaken and stirred” Paul to such an extent that he writes this letter from a prison cell, during a time of trial and pain? The answer was simple – he needed to save a man’s life. But one woman was called upon to help make this decision, a decision for death or life, her name was Apphia. This teaching forms part of the Female Leadership in the New Testament series.