I’ve been working through a Beth Moore bible study since the beginning of the year. In the very first lesson, she highlighted the following scripture to demonstrate our enormous influence as women- either for good or evil. Since I am no Beth Moore, and she did it so well, I am just going to copy how she walks through the scripture.
Then the Jews stirred up the influential religious women and leaders of the city, and they incited a mob against Paul and Barnabas and ran them out of town.
Who did the Jews purposefully incite first? ____________ (women)
How did Paul describe these women? ___________ (influential)
What did these women stir-up? ________________ (a mob)
Thank you Beth!
This was the very first Lesson of the study I did on January 1st. There have been many good lessons between- actually all of them. But I just can’t get this one out of my mind. We as women have a wonderful and terrible ability to influence. In this specific case the devil was able to work through our fellow womenkind. Susie told Sally who told Sammy who told her sisters and so on and so forth. Paul and Barnabas didn’t stand a chance once the band wagon got to rolling. The idea of inciting a mob sounds scary. I can imagine Paul and Barnabas looking back at a herd of women tossing up a dust storm with skirts hiked for running. Perhaps they had rocks in their hands- even scarier. What if when we opened our mouths to incite a mob, we spoke to each other about Jesus? What if we asked each other to church or to a bible study? What if we whispered to each other the lessons we had learned or are learning? What if we confessed one to another? What if we shared our testimonies? What if we humbled ourselves before the Lord as imperfect beings? What if we incited a mob of women for God?