Is God Male or Female? (Matt 23)

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you desolate.

God is not a man, neither is God a woman. God is neither male nor female, though the masculine definite article is used when referring to God, but that is an issue of language, not so much gender. Jesus, of course, is a man, but God doesn’t have a gender. That doesn’t mean you can refer to God as either male or female, the inclusive gender is male, that’s why God is always properly referred to linguistically as male. The Holy Spirit is a person and God. He is also referred to using masculine pronouns because of who He is, He is not an “it.” Even though the word “spirit” in Greek is feminine, the Bible uses the masculine definite article for the Holy Spirit. I say all this to draw out the truth that BOTH GENDERS reflect the image of God. In Genesis 1:27 we learn that God created humans male and female in His image, not just men, not just women. There are a lot of verses that refer to God using feminine imagery, Matthew 23 is a good example. Just like another hen gathers her chicks, that’s what God wants to do. Don’t think of God as a man, He’s much greater than that, He’s not human, He’s not created, He’s God. If Men are “blue” and women are “pink” God is “purple.”

Here are some passages where you can find female imagery referring to God: Numb 11; Deut 32; Psalm 22, 71, 131; Prov 8; Neh 9; Isa 46, 49, 66; Hos 11; Job 38; Matt 23; Luke 13, 15; John 3; Acts 17; 1John 4, 5

About John Harris

I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

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