Isaiah 3: 12-13. “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. The Lord standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people.”
The degraded condition of the people is defined by their “leadership.” Children refers to the inexperience of people who are too young to have developed a sense of humility, compassion, and true godliness. They are oppressive, not caring for the spiritual needs of the people because they themselves have no spiritual understanding.
The next part of verse 12 will stir up some anger among women who find the whole Bible to be mysogynistic. God’s hatred of womankind is a myth established by Satan, and it’s a lie. God’s ultimate creation was Eve, a gift He gave to Adam before He stopped to rest. There is NO support in God’s Word for the idea that women are less than men. There is, however, plenty of indication that it was God’s intention that the family have one head, and the head was to be the man. Anything with two heads is a monster.
Likewise in church leadership; the men are to step up and take the leadership, and it’s a sad thing when they don’t or won’t because they just don’t care enough. I love it that my church has plenty of good, godly men who are willing to lead. It makes for a strong church.
The same thing applies in government. We have plenty of men in government today, but only a small handful of those who are willing to stand against the steady slide into socialism that is taking place in our country. If men cannot or will not lead, then it falls to women to do the job. Some are highly capable. I think of Margaret Thatcher, or Golda Meir. Strong women who surrounded themselves with strong men.
Sadly, it doesn’t always work that way. When a woman is the leader it is a strong indication that there were no men who would or could step up to the responsibility. Sadder yet, it’s an indication that the few who did step up were rejected by the people.
Oh, yes, I almost forgot–we’re talking about Israel here, not America.