Well, here’s an interesting tidbit I never noticed before:
I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant [deacon] of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well. Romans 16: 1-2 ESV
As I read this, I realized that Paul sent his letter to the Romans via Phoebe!
Yes, a woman trekked from Corinth, Greece to Rome, Italy to deliver Paul’s letter to the Roman church.
According to Google Maps, that’s a 20 hour trip by car, about 750 miles. Can you imagine taking that journey back in the day? Especially the women among us?
I don’t know, I think it’s pretty cool that the allegedly misogynistic Apostle Paul sent his most important theological treatise to its recipients in the hands of a woman.
In that day and age.
And he called her a deacon, too. So there!
Today’s Readings: Job 27:1-28:28, Psalm 97:1-6, Proverbs 23:13-14, Romans 16:1-27. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).