MEANDERS THROUGH THE WORD by Shirley Templeton
From the very moment Eve plucked the forbidden piece of fruit and slipped it into her mouth, all was lost and all was changed for mankind. God showed His mercy and grace in giving a promise to this woman in Genesis 3:15, referred to as the Protoevangelium. A Redeemer would come. This promise would be accomplished through a woman. Many of the women of the Bible strove amidst challenging circumstances to transport this Promise into the earth. Most were considered less than equal. Many were regarded with little respect. But through the Promise all became joint heirs with Him. This Promise was brought about through the faithful work of women such as Miriam who was a prophet during the Exodus, Deborah, both a prophet and a judge and who directed Barak to lead the army of Israel into successful combat against Israel’s oppressors and Huldah, also a prophet, who was the first person to authenticate scripture. The New Testament also shows that women filled important ministry roles. Mary, the mother of Jesus, from whom emanated the Promise, Mary Magdalene, the first evangelist and apostle to the Apostles, or Tabitha who initiated an effective benevolence ministry. Women ministered both to and with Jesus. Of the 39 co-workers that Paul mentioned throughout his writings, at least one-fourth were women. These were faithful women, but there were also faithless women from whose lives we can see indication to the nation of Israel that a Messiah was to come who would save them from their sin. Such was Rahab, the prostitute. The proliferous promised nation is propelled into the “promised land” by the help of the prostitute, Rahab. Rahab’s scarlet thread was a symbol of the blood of Christ, by which those who were once harlots and unrighteous out of all nations were saved.’ When this prostitute eventually showed her faith, God considered it enough to have her listed in the genealogy of Jesus.
It was through the life of a pagan woman that the story of the Kinsman Redeemer is told. Ruth’s is the story of an unbelieving woman who came to faith, a poor woman who was richly blessed, a woman who was redeemed by one who pictures what the Saviour, our Redeemer, does for all who come to Him in faith, the Proposal of the Promise.
In these last days Jesus Christ has been taking the Bride of Christ through purification and cleansing. He is preparing us to meet Him in His Royal courts for the wedding supper of the Lamb. The story of Esther illustrated the end time position of the church as our Royal identity in Christ as His Bride – a purified and cleansed virgin bride.
I was born in Krugersdorp in 1959, the youngest of six children to Arthur and Mary Kinnear and was raised on the West Rand.
In the late 1970’s whilst attending an Evangelism Seminar at Christian Heritage Church in Krugersdorp, I met my loving husband David Templeton. We have been married for 37 years and have two awesome sons who both married wonderful ladies. Timothy, our eldest, is married to Daniella and they have a beautiful daughter, Gabriella. Andrew is married to Brenda, a very busy school teacher. My husband and I are both ordained Pastors with the Pentecostal Holiness Church. I have a PhD. in Eschatology and am the Academic Dean at the Christian Heritage Bible School.