Jesus had some pretty audacious interactions with women, according to the Jewish society in which he was raised.
From the “Judaism 101” web site:
There can be no doubt, however, that the Talmud also has many negative things to say about women… Men are repeatedly advised against associating with women, although this is usually because of man’s lust rather than because of any shortcoming in women.
Jesus obviously didn’t have a problem with women!
So, why did he choose men to be his apostles?
A lot of modern women have a problem with this and the corollary teaching that men alone should serve as pastors and priests.
I absolutely don’t think Jesus was sexist (do you recall that He is personified in Proverbs as female wisdom?).
Why did Jesus choose men? Because the women followed anyway! Check out this verse from today’s reading:
After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means. Luke 8: 1-3 (NIV)
I love this passage: the WOMEN supported Jesus and the guys. The women were there with them: following, learning, ministering. ( Who showed up at Jesus’ tomb first? The women…). Jesus didn’t have to say, “Follow me.” The girls did anyway. That’s just the way women are. The men need positions to serve. We just do it. And Jesus knew that!
Did you also catch what kind of women followed Jesus? Everyone from Mary Magdalene (for whom, by the way, there is no Biblical evidence of prostitution) to Joanna, who’s husband had an elite position working for Herod. Some of these women had the means to financially support Jesus and the 12. Jesus had touched the women’s souls, erasing the social and economic differences between them. They, in turn, worked together to serve Him.