Women and Children Become Elders when Men Fail
Kenneth L. Sublett
Women were the major instigators of the musical "worship" and luxury which replaced the Word of God in the Northern kingdom of Israel. Amos does not hesitate to call them the "cows of Bashan" or the female "goddess" symbols of luxury. This, like their musical worship around their bull images, was a direct inheritance from Egypt:
"Hathor, goddess of love, beauty, the arts. She is a terrifying warrior. A combination -- Isis and Hathor are two goddesses of the triple goddess. Hathor is patron goddess of single women, goddess of female graces (art, music, literature). She can also be shown as a cow. She has cow horns with a sistrum between them. She is very beautiful but can be unbelievably destructive.
Her male counterpart was Apis worshiped when Israel "rose up to play" at Mount Sinai.
When men "go out" looking for their maleness at religious rituals we can understand why the tolerance for women and children to become the elders, bishops or overseers of the flock.
Deborah was a musical prophesier and she is often used as authority for feminine oversight teaching in the church. However, Deborah's song was sung "at the places of watering" and it chided the male princes for not taking the leadership. Therefore, Deborah is proof that the "law" Paul spoke of demanded male leadership in worship.
By default, many women took the lead. Their leadership was often gained because of their skill at music and other magical rites. However, God warned:
As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. Isa 3:12
Nagas (h5065) naw-gas'; a prim. root; to drive (an animal, a workman, a debtor, an army); by impl. to tax, harass, tyrannize: - distress, driver, exactor, oppressor, raiser of taxes, taskmaster.
Nagash (h5066) naw-gash'; to be or come near (for any purpose); euphem. to lie with a woman; as an enemy, to attack; relig. to worship
Rule over is:
Mashal (h4912) maw-shal'; a prim. root; to rule: - have dominion, governor, indeed, reign, (bear, cause to, have) ruling, have power.
What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord God of hosts. Isa 3:15
Tachan (h2912) taw-khan'; a prim. root; to grind meal; hence to be a concubine that being their employment.
Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers. Is.47:2
These words relate directly to musical melody to grind the enemy, the prostitute's customer or the "congregation" to pieces as a way to rule over them with musical worship teams--spiritual "concubines" of the head priest.
Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria, you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy and say to your husbands, "Bring us some drinks!" Am.4:1
Moreover the Lord saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: Isa 3:16
Dakah (h1794) daw-kaw'; a prim. root (comp. 1790, 1792); to collapse (phys. or mentally): - break (sore), contrite, crouch.
A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. Pro 6:12
He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; Pro 6:13
Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. Pro 6:14
Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy. Pro 6:15
Paul outlawed "outward" melody because it means to crush to bits. A similar word is translated as sop, the crushed bit of bread dipped in bitter herbs hand fed to Judas whose bage was for "carrying the mouthpieces of wind instruments." True melody comes from teaching the revealed Words of Christ which is Spirit (Eph 5; Jn 6:63). The result would be a crushed or broken heart rather than hand-clapping, praise the Lord prophesying:
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Ps.51:17
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