The Biblical Role of Women Part VII

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The Real Thing


Back in Part V, we looked at the woman as being a metaphor for the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). There are many reasons why this is true. If you haven’t read that post, please do so now before proceeding.

The following is a summary of some of the equal, but different roles of the man and woman. I’ve used the comparison of YHWH (the Father) and the Holy Spirit to demonstrate the ONENESS that should unify the marriage covenant. There was no hierarchy in God’s original design. YHWH purposefully created a male AND a female to display His image in the creation. The list below is by no means exhaustive; we will draw more conclusions as we continue.

Man = Woman
  • Remembers and Obeys the Word (Action)
  • Needs a (spiritual) protector (an ezer)
  • Serves the earth
  • Expresses worship in work and service
  • Man leaves his Father and Mother and is joined to his Wife.
  • Is a Valiant Warrior
  • Aware of moment to moment direction of God
  • Protects Boundaries of Obedience
  • Challenges, encourages, protects, and nourishes
  • Blesses (benefits) her husband
  • Spiritual Guide
  • Takes Ownership of the Man
  • Is a Valiant Warrior
Man shows the image of Father YHWH = Woman shows image of Ruach HaKodesh
  • Father (God) is love. 1 Jn. 4:7-8
  • Father is faithful.1 Pt. 4:19
  • Father is merciful. Titus 3:5
  • Father delights in his children. Ps. 149:4
  • Father is giving. Rom. 8:32
  • Father is patient. 2 Pt. 3:8-9
  • Father never forsakes his own. Gen. 28:15
  • Holy Spirit is Counselor Jn. 14:26
  • Holy Spirit speaks. 1 Tim. 4:1; Acts 10:19-20
  • Holy Spirit intercedes. Rom. 8:26, 34
  • Holy Spirit teaches. Jn. 14:26
  • Holy Spirit bears witness/testifies. Jn. 15:26-27
  • Holy Spirit guides, hears, tells Jn. 16:12-13
  • Holy Spirit comforts/nurtures. Jn. 14:16; 15:26
  • Holy Spirit opposes. Acts 16:6-7


Redeemed Marriage

It is not good for man to be alone. He NEEDS an ezer kenegdo — a protector that opposes him. This is why he is the one that leaves the guardianship of his mother and father and cleaves to his wife — his new guardian. The woman will set boundaries that are necessary for the man to stay obedient. It is in this way that she takes ownership responsibility of the man like the woman in the Song of Songs. Dr. Moen expresses it this way:

She is exactly what he needs in order to be what God calls him to be…Her greatest longing is to be his greatest defense. She is built for that and it will not be denied, even if the direction is misplaced…In God’s perfect world, she takes ownership responsibility for her man, and he welcomes it because he knows she is uniquely designed to bring about what is best for him. She is ready and willing to set aside every other agenda in order to bless him with her care. (Guardian Angel p.345)

If there was no hierarchy in the beginning, then men are only the “head” in the sense of order in the creation, not rank. While this rubs against a lot of traditional theology, I urge you to explore this idea more fully before rejecting it off hand. (Dr. Moen has an article that speaks to this issue here and David H. Scholer explores Biblical Headship here.)

If man was meant to rule over or master women from the beginning, why does Paul in Ephesians chapter 5 instruct the women to submit to their husbands? Carefully consider this. We mustn’t allow current doctrine or tradition to define this for us; rather, we must take the whole of Scripture into consideration and let it interpret itself. Though the difference may be “subtle”, it has far reaching implications. The woman must choose to give her husband authority just as we must choose to give Messiah (Christ) authority over our lives. A man doesn’t naturally possess the position of head by the simple fact that he is male.

So why does the wife submit? This action only works properly if the man also does what Paul requires: love his wife. If a man really loves a woman, he’s willing to do anything for her—- even die. This is a selfless type of love. If a woman is loved in this way, she naturally gives the man authority. She trusts that he will always have her best interests at heart. The authority she gives protects her; it doesn’t control or silence her.

So why are men told to love? Men are instructed to do this because in the fallen nature they naturally distrust women. This is why they instinctively place themselves as the (dominating) authority. This is a self-preservation technique. Somewhere deep down, they fear the woman is going to betray them. Therefore, they have great difficulty in giving themselves completely to their wives. Adam must learn to trust Chavah (Eve).

In order for this to happen, Adam must first forgive Eve for misguiding him. He must literally place his life back into the hands of his ezer. This only functions as a two-way street. As many marriage self-help books attest, these two roles are reciprocal. If they fail to come together, there will be no unity. No oneness. Dr. Moen puts it this way:

The wife grants authority to the husband and voluntarily submits to him knowing that it is in her best interests to do so BECAUSE the husband sacrifices his own interest in order to offer all that he is for her wellbeing. Both of these acts of self-denial model the character of God. (Guardian Angel p.346)

 When Disputes Arise

Dr. Moen calls the restored marriage roles we’ve been discussing “Redeemed Marriage”. I like his term and will use it from this point to describe such. I added this little section to offer a few ideas of what to do when issues arise in those marriages where the man and woman are each doing their best to walk in restoration.

There are thousands and probably millions of things in our daily lives that could spark a dispute between a man and wife. Married couples are all too familiar with this truth. The difference in happy couples and unhappy couples is usually in how they speak to and treat one another when things do happen. Though everyone will have a bad day on occasion, couples of faith should have less.

The short answer is humility—- of course, isn’t it always? Put your mate before yourself! Stop feeling sorry for yourself and having pity parties —– these emotions are coming from PRIDE. Crucify your flesh and serve your spouse. By the way, that’s the answer to far more than marriage quibbles, but I digress.

While the short answer is much easier said than done, it should be our FIRST response. Squash the flesh! But sometimes there are issues where we simply can’t “turn the other cheek”. In those situations, it is best that both parties unify and decide TOGETHER. Nobody should have a veto stamp unless one party is mentality injured, diseased, or compromised in some way.

Generally though, a man must listen to his ezer —- she can save him from a multitude of regrets. That’s her God designed purpose, remember? She is his guardian and protector. Likewise, a man that loves his wife will also have to save and protect her —and often, it will be from herself! It is in these times that she must remember why she chose to submit to her husband — he has HER best interests at heart. The bottom line is motivation. What is your motive in winning this argument or battle? Is it self-serving? Will your spouse benefit or will you?

I realize these solutions are very broad and that we are all in different places. So please keep that in mind and the fact that these actions require BOTH spouses to be in faith and agreement to walk out a Redeemed Marriage. There are many couples where only one spouse is willing or trying to reach restoration. I am praying for you and encourage you to never give up. Keep seeking after YHWH and place your focus on improving yourself, not your spouse. Though it doesn’t make sense to our natural mind, this is the only way real change is accomplished. Be the best spouse you can be.


The Real World

How do the redeemed roles of a man and woman translate outside of marriage? Are women meant to stay uneducated and at home? What about in our assemblies? Are women to keep their mouths shut lest they offend the males present? Some would scream a resounding “yes!” to all or most of these questions. But based on what we’ve learned about women from the Tanakh, is that the heart of YHWH?

My hope is that the previous six posts in this series have given you some meat to chew on. Most often, books or teachings about a woman’s biblical role begin in the end. By that, I mean they tend to ignore the entire first three quarters of the Bible (the Tanakh or O.T.) and focus solely on last quarter (N.T.).

Is there any other book in the world where people BEGIN their reading or research three quarters of the way into the material? I don’t believe there is, with the exception of an encyclopedia or a dictionary. But the Bible is not a reference book. It is the Book of Life. Only the enemy of our souls could deceive us so openly. He has done a fine job of keeping us away from the beginning and the foundation.

By focusing only on the last quarter of the Bible, one would expect multiple opposing doctrines, teachings, and positions. Each culture (nation, people, and race) would bring their own bias and traditions into practice. This would provoke a multitude of creeds, formulas, and proof texts to support their particular branch. We see all of these things in our Assemblies. Could this be because we have divorced ourselves from the foundation?

The Bible was written by Hebrews. It is within their culture, language, and tradition that our Adonai (LORD) sovereignly chose to reveal Himself. The Savior, Yeshua (Jesus), was/is a Torah observant Jew. His daily life did not deviate from this setting. A careful read of the New Testament reveals that each writer has this same testimony. While they may have challenged the traditions and laws of men, they never questioned the Law of YHWH.

This is the reason I began this series in the beginning, Bereshit (Genesis). If we don’t understand Paul’s standard (the Torah), how can we properly interpret some answer (of which we don’t even have the questions) that he gave in the first century? These are reasonable questions to consider.

Yeshua and Paul would have never strayed from the Torah, Prophets, or Writings (the only Bible available to people living in their day). Instead, they consistently point us back to the beginning for answers[1]. But, shaking off centuries of tradition is no simple feat. Even many western women struggle with the ramifications of what it means to be an ezer kenegdo or an eshet chayil. Sometimes our shackles give us a false sense of comfort and security. To add insult to injury, modern feminism is a twisted counterfeit of God’s original design.

My desire is for God’s people to repent and return to the ideal of the Garden of Eden. Women (and men) will only be truly fulfilled in their relationships when we do things God’s way. This is not to be confused with traditional church teachings or creeds. Manmade laws are NOT God’s laws.

But I must warn you: YHWH’s Word is OFFENSIVE. It offends sinners. It offends self-righteous “churchmen”; and it especially offends religious spirits. Gloria Steinem was right about one thing, “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” But that’s only if we are humble enough to allow the Word to change our hearts. So many would rather fight tooth and nail to cling onto a façade of truth rather than relent to the real thing.

A Woman Shall Encompass a Man

Instead of making a list of the roles that women fulfilled in the Bible, I think it is best to go back to the chart in the beginning of this article. Prayerfully look at the attributes of the Holy Spirit, for a woman will naturally reflect these works/roles. This will be true whether your theology accepts it or not. YHWH designed the woman in this way —- no one can change that, not even church laws and creeds. A woman will be an ezer in harmony with her husband or she will be an ezer covertly coaxing her husband. The choice is up to her Adam— for she will always be an ezer. Will he forgive her and trust her or will he continue to resist her?

As we look through the pages of Scripture, we see women functioning in nearly every role of the man. Many draw the conclusion that these instances are exceptions to the rule and that women only stepped into these positions when a man was unwilling to fulfill his role.(Please see Deborah the Bee Part I and Part II to dispel this myth.) Perhaps a better perspective is to consider that YHWH gave us these examples to ensure that fallen Adam would not be able to draw absolute control (mastership) over Eve. Maybe this was the Father’s way of protecting His daughters and their unique design and purpose.

Jeremiah 31 is a chapter of great importance. In it, we have the only plain prophecy about the New Covenant[2].  But if we go back and reread the entire section, we can easily see that the New Covenant hasn’t happened in its fullness — not yet. Not every man knows YHWH and we are still teaching the world about our great Elohim (God). We have not yet been gathered into the land, ending our exile either[3]. But there is one verse I’d especially like to draw your attention to:

How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the LORD hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man. (Jer. 31:22)

While Christian Bible interpretation is often limited, Hebrew is not. In other words, prophecy is multifaceted and dynamic. No interpretation supersedes another. There are usually greater and lesser fulfillments and each are true. The verse in question is often taught to mean a woman’s womb shall encompass a man — the Son of Man to be more specific. And I believe this is very true! Messiah’s work and atonement are central to not only our redemption, but also our restoration of which this passage speaks.

However, that in no way detracts from the literal interpretation of this passage. If this whole section is about our complete restoration, then what does it mean for “a woman to encompass a man”? Could this be an allusion to the Garden of Eden? A return to God’s original design for man and WOMAN? The Hebrew word for “new” in this verse is the same word for “new” in Jeremiah 31:31 in reference to the New Covenant. It is chadash. The AHLB[4] describes it this way:

Strongs #2319: AHLB#: 2151) Renew: New moon: New: The first crescent of the moon as the renewal of the moon, the first day of the month. [from: restoration] To make something like new through repair, restoration, or replacement. [freq. 10] {str: 2318} New: Something that is new, renewed, restored or repaired.  [freq. 54] |kjv: new, fresh| {str: 2319, 2323}

Chadash implies renewal, like the monthly renewal of the moon. The moon isn’t brand new every month, instead it is renewed. This is the language and understanding of the New Covenant. It is the same as the previous covenant — renewed. This is solidified by the fact that YHWH’s Torah (law) will be written on the hearts of His people[5]. In reference to the woman encompassing a man, YHWH also calls this a “renewed” thing. In other words, this is a restoration.

Do you recall the function of the female? She is a boundary setter. She is an ezer that surrounds her husband in protection, counsel, and guidance. Her God designed purpose is to surround or encompass her man. As we progress toward our complete redemption and restoration, we come closer and closer to the garden. Adam will forgive Chavah. She will be restored to her proper role. This, I believe, is one of the prophetic layers found in Jeremiah 31:22.

weddingMoreover, in Jewish tradition, this passage has been used for centuries during wedding ceremonies. When the bride arrives at the chuppah[6], she circles the groom seven times while the groom prays. This symbolizes the idea of the woman being a protective, surrounding light for her husband and their household. She illuminates them with understanding and love and protects them from harm from the outside.

There are several interpretations of the significance of her encircling the groom seven times. Seven is the number of days of the creation, and the wedding ceremony is the creation of a new household. Seven is the number of times the phrase “when a man takes a wife” occurs in the Bible. Seven is the number of times Joshua circled the walls of Jericho in order to bring them down, and in circling her groom a bride brings down any wall that may remain between them.

Also, on the day of his wedding, the groom is compared to a king. Just as the king is encircled by his legion, the groom is to be encircled by his bride. This symbolizes that the bride is a type of “warrior/protector” for the man. She is his eshet chayil. When the bride has finished encircling the groom, she stands at his right, as the Psalmist states, “at the right hand does the queen stand.”[7]

While all the above reasons are given in Jewish tradition for this mystical practice, I believe there is one last purpose that the bride encircles the man seven times. It is because she is a type of the Holy Spirit in the man’s life. There are seven manifestations of the Holy Spirit as we discussed in Part V. A woman of faith will walk in these spirits in order to guide and protect her husband and home.

My prayer is that we will humbly strive towards restoration and obedience to the whole counsel of YHWH in matters of faith, marriage, and community. Let us return to YHWH. Let us return to His ways. Let us return to the garden and find the original man and woman of shalom. May the two become One.

“Who is this, shining forth like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun” — but formidable as an army marching under banners?

Come back, come back, girl from Shulam (shalom, peace, safety, fullness, complete)! Come back, come back to where we can see you! What will you see in the Shulamite? As it were the dance of two army camps.

 (Song of Songs 6:10,13)

This series was originally meant to be only seven parts. However, due to the the many inquiries I get about this series, its popularity, and my continued studies, I’ve decided to add more posts to The Biblical role of Women. There is SO much more! 🙂

Here is Part VIII.





[1] Some examples:  Rom. 16:20, 1 Cor. 6:16; 11:9; 11:12; 15:22, 2 Cor. 4:6; 11:3, 1 Tim. 2:13-14; 4:3-4.

[2] Jer. 31:31-33; Heb. 8:8-12

[3] Jer. 31:8-21

[4] Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible by Jeff Benner.

[5] Jer. 31:33; Heb. 8:10

[6] A covered wedding canopy. The covering is usually a large prayer shawl (tallit).

[7] Ps. 45:9

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8 thoughts on “The Biblical Role of Women Part VII

  1. Dawn

    Dear Yiska,
    Thank you Thank you Thank you! I just stumbled on this blog literally in the middle of the night. For months, I have been prompted by the Ruach to dig in the bible to figure out what is the TRUE identity or role of the Woman. I did read Dr Skip Moens blog (not the book, but will definitely be getting it ASAP) and was blessed but I was still looking for a more in-depth understanding. I have searched out Hebrew/Paleo Hebrew definitions and also Jewish “Interpretation” trying to fit all the puzzle pieces together. I have asked other women and they seem to be on one extreme or another and/or they come from the Christian mindset that is one dimensional at best. What a blessing it was for me to come upon this article, you have given me a picture of what i have been trying to put together in a cohesive communicative way. I am filled with joy and excitement to implement His call for us “Ezer” girls to pick up our bootstraps and shields and walk worthy of the restoration coming! I pray that YHWH will bless you and your family for being a diligent seeker of His Truth, His Way. May He give you the strength and resource to continue being good stewards of his Word/Law. Thank you for your time,



  2. Dawn,

    I can totally relate to your search! I also (for years) struggled with “extremes” while studying this topic and speaking to other women. I knew there had to be balance! Thankfully, this year, I feel like the Creator has answered my many questions through several avenues. The book that made it all cohesive for me was obviously Dr. Moen’s book Guardian Angel. But before I read His book, there were various other teachers that I received “pieces” from as well (Dr. Alewine, Dr. Dye, and others). So, what you’ve read here on my blog is my gleaning from all of them mixed together with nuggets from my own studies.

    My whole purpose in writing these posts has been to freely share this truth with other “ezer(s)” on the same search. So, I’m blessed that it ministered to you! My hope and prayer is that we will walk worthy of this awesome call and purpose. And with the Ruach HaKodesh, I know we will. 🙂

    Shalom to your home, my fellow Eshet Chayil!


    BTW, Dr. Moen also has some fantastic audio material about the ezer in a single 82 minute teaching. However, I personally feel the best deal is his series called “Living the Biblical Worldview”. It has the (same) ezer teaching plus so much more.


  3. Alicia VanValkenburg

    My dear Yiska, Wow, this teaching is so important and so needed. Thank you for all your time and effort, I’ve been blessed. I ‘m going to pass it on to my sisters who will love and appreciate the teaching. Love and blessings to you and family. Lesi


    • You are too sweet, Lesi. Once again your precious gift of edification and encouragement has blessed me! I pray blessings and love for you and your house as well!

      Love, K


  4. I just want to say, as a man, this series irritated me. As a husband, I had a few times (okay, maybe more than a few) where my heart rate increased, and I kept thinking, “This can’t be right! Blasphemy!”

    However! As a follower of YHWH Almighty, I gotta say, I REJOICE in this research. I won’t go so far as to say I agree with it ALL (shouldn’t be expected of anything, right?) but I will say that almost everything you’ve put together has been eye-opening and enlightening. To be sure, my wife and I will be using your insights here and studying the Scriptures regarding this to ensure we are BOTH acting in the roles that are intended for us by our Creator.

    Now, that having been said, I do have a question. Whilst reading through the articles, I didn’t catch any statements regarding covering. My personal take on 1 Corinthians 11 is that it refers to the “spiritual covering” of a husband. Otherwise, I don’t see where Paul gets his statement about women needing to be “covered.” Perhaps you address this elsewhere or something.

    Anyways, as I said, good job on the article series, and Yah bless!

    Toda Rabah!


    • I appreciate your honesty and that you read the entire series of posts. 🙂 I know it can illicit some strong emotions. I’m glad you expressed them here since I know you are certainly not alone. My hope is that we (the body) will at least examine this issue with the same scrutiny we are using with other traditions and doctrines as we return to Torah. Thus, I’m thankful that you didn’t just reject my posts off hand. I am far from perfect and open to suggestions and correction. What you see here is what has been revealed to my family thus far. YHWH is constantly refining us and our walk.

      I believe coverings are Biblical and offer children and women great protection. I haven’t addressed coverings directly on this blog, but you have inspired me to do so. The last thing I would want is for someone to misconstrue my intent and reject the blessing of being covered by a father or husband. My husband and I see coverings as a picture of authority which I did address.

      Where I may diverge from tradition on coverings is in whether or not they are automatic or granted. Young girls (and boys for that matter) are (I believe) automatically covered by their father (and mother). But I think that adult single women must choose to remain under her father’s covering (a wise young woman will see the great benefit in this and willingly submit for her own best interests). However, this cannot be forced as if she is a slave. The same goes for a married woman. Of course, there are many veins that could be explored from various extremes. For example, what about a rebellious adult single daughter? What about an abusive father or husband? I won’t explore those things here, but will address them when I write on this topic. I just wanted to point out that this topic isn’t cut and dried or black and white. There are many nuances and grey areas that require righteous judgment.

      Ideally of course, a woman benefits greatly from the covering of her father or husband. I wouldn’t trade the covering of my husband for anything! My husband and I don’t see coverings and authority as contrary to equality and oneness in our marriage. I think our western mindset often sees this as a paradox. We’ve struggled together as we try to live in the Way the Father would have us go. One thing is certain: we need each other. We balance one another out if neither tries to “control” the other. We submit to one another. He offers me protection in one sense and I offer him protection in another sense.

      I am thrilled you are seeking this issue out together as man and wife. And I’d love to hear back after you’ve explored it more —- even if it’s contrary to our findings. If you want a scholarly look at this, check out Dr. John Garr’s Feminine and Free series of books. Of course you already know I recommend Dr. Skip Moen’s Guardian Angel and Dr. Hollisa Alewine’s Creation Gospel series. But, I also love Lisa Bevere’s Lioness Arising (written more directly to women).

      Thanks for taking the time to write. I pray blessings for you and your family.
      K. Gallagher


  5. “If there was no hierarchy in the beginning, then men are only the “head” in the sense of order in the creation, not rank. While this rubs against a lot of traditional theology, I urge you to explore this idea more fully before rejecting it off hand.”

    I so agree with you! In Genesis, the husband was not called the head of the wife and he was not compared to Christ as head of the Church “savior of the body.” The wife was not compared to the Church, and the submission of the wife was not present. None of these notions go back to Genesis. They are born out of Greco-Roman culture and have nothing to do with Genesis. No matter how loving a husband is, without mutual submission and shared dominion between both of them, a marriage will not be healthy and studies show that it causes severe mental illness in women. It does not matter how much a husband loves a wife, every woman needs an amount of personal authority to make her own decisions. The Proverbs 31 woman governs herself and acts with her own wisdom, she is not under the directives of her husband.

    Being called head in Eph 5 was Roman symbolism for patronage. Their marriages ran off a system of patronage and the benefactor expected submission in return. The author Christianised it by telling wives to view it with the same gratitude and submission they would give to Christ for His provision to the Church, and then turned around and told husbands to no longer view their social preeminence over their wives as a thing to be grasped, rather to give themselves up as Christ did for the Church when He emptied Himself of power and took on the form of a servant. Then they are further instructed to love their wives as they love themselves and to give them the same type of care they would give their own bodies. The only connection it has to Genesis is in the man leaving his parents to cleave to his wife. This was supposed to be a redemptive passage, but unfortunately, it has been used to enforce male hierarchy instead of equality and unity.


  6. Author Tekoa Manning

    These teachings are so well done and so needed and even more today with the love of many waxing colder. Many times I come to your page in tears thirsting for Water and find it through your pen.
    Precious friend, I’m so thankful for your labor and time put into this and I pray that soon it is in book form.
    I love and miss you.


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