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|Bible Bell's Reply
God is neither male nor female. Rather, God is Spirit...
|God is Spirit,
and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John
God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Since God is Spirit, He does not have a physical body.
Of course it is true that God created the human race in His image...
|So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Gen 1.27
|However, this does not mean that we were created in God's
Because God is Spirit, He is invisible and (as stated earlier) has no physical body...
|Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 1 Tim 1.17
Instead of a physical image, God created us to be in the image of His NATURE in such areas as the following...
For further reading on God's image, use the LINK at the end of this discussion.
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion... over
all the earth Gen 1.26
(New life) Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply... Gen 1.28a
(Nurturing) Then the LORD God took the man & put him in the garden of Eden to tend & keep it. Gen 2.15
(Holiness) You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy. Lev 19.2b
Since we are created in the image of God's character, it is Bible Bell's OPINION that...
|Of course, God is able to visibly manifest Himself in any form that He chooses...
|And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud
to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. Ex 13.21
Then the LORD appeared to him (Abraham) by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day. So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men (God and two angels in human form) were standing by him
|However, when people saw God in those forms (fire, cloud, man, etc.), they were NOT actually seeing God Himself because, as explained above, God is an invisible Spirit...
|No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. John 1.18
The Bible does not say WHY God chose to refer to Himself as "He" and "Father."
In Bible Bell's OPINION, the following are possible reasons...
Our conclusion: The Bible refers to God as "He" and "Father" because, in most cultures throughout history, it is the male who is responsible to head the family, and to provide shelter, food, and protection.
Bible Bell CONSIDERS that the preceding conclusion accords with a major aspect of how God designed our respective genders to function in a family environment...
submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the
church; and He is the Savior of the body.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church & gave Himself for her
Eph 5.22-23, 5.25
|However, when it comes to the question of WHICH gender
(male or female) is "more important" in God's eyes, the Bible's use of masculine pronouns means NOTHING!
For God has said...
|There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal 3.28
|Click Here to read more about the image of God in people.
In John chapter 2 Mary told her son Jesus that a wedding party was running out of wine. Jesus sounded irritated when He answered His mother. Also, He called her "woman."
My Mom would scold me if I spoke to her the way that Jesus spoke to His mother. Didn't Jesus break God's commandment to honor our parents?
|Bible Bell's Reply
The following is the Bible passage that the question refers to...
|On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee,
and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.
When they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, "They have no wine."
Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come."
To better understand the preceding verses, we will cover two main points as follows...
Point #1 -
the language spoken by Jesus and His Mother
|His mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you, do it." John 2.5
Jesus spoke to His mother in similar manner while He was being crucified...
|When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom
He loved standing by, He said to His mother, "Woman,
behold your son!"
Then He said to the disciple (John), "Behold your mother!" And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.
Point #2 -
The remarkable nature of Mary's request
Next, we need to consider the ENORMITY of what Mary was asking her Son to do...
|Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according
to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty
or thirty gallons apiece.
Clearly, Mary did NOT expect Jesus to have even a small fraction of the amount of money He would have needed in order to BUY more than 125 gallons of wine...
Accordingly, the Lord's reply to Mary must be considered, NOT simply as a Jewish boy speaking to his Jewish mother, BUT as God's Son speaking to God's maidservant, Mary (see Lk 1.38).
After all, Lord Jesus CREATED woman (and everything else, as well), and surely can give no offense when He addresses a woman as such...
|Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman,
and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. She shall
be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man." Gen
For by Him (Jesus) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. Col 1.16