September 5, 2022

Acts 17:4 Some of them were won over and joined ranks with Paul and Silas, among them a great many God-fearing Greeks and a considerable number of women from the aristocracy. (The Message Bible)

Remember Rosie the Riveter? Like Uncle Sam who became an image depicting the country, Rosie was, according to Wikipedia, a “cultural icon in the United States who represents the women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II, many of whom produced munitions and war supplies. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who joined the military” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosie_the_Riveter). On this Labor Day we remember how this began a change in the workforce that continues in the present. Luke points out several times that it was women who became instrumental in forming the early churches. In addition to the above Luke mentions Lydia in whose home the church in Philippi resided initially (Acts 16:15). In the next town, Berea, “A lot of them became believers, including many Greeks who were prominent in the community, women and men of influence” (17:12). In the first major sermon in Acts Peter quotes the prophet Joel speaking for God that “When the time comes, I’ll pour out my Spirit On those who serve me, men and women both, and they’ll prophesy” (2:20). What hard working woman of faith changed your life?

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