This week I was studying the book of 1 Peter. In my perusal of some background information, I came across this statement, that Peter "evidently traveled extensively with his wife." This was based on Paul's statement in 1 Corinthians 9:5 which, in the KJV, reads "Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas (Peter)?"
The meaning was not clear to me; however, Strong's Concordance is in agreement with many other versions such as NKJV that give a clearer understanding of these words of Paul. "Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas (Peter)?" This, for me, was like a new window through which to view the work of the first Christian leaders who lived in a very male dominated culture. Jesus' gospel has a way of leveling the field. It would appear that Peter and many of the other apostles, worked with their wives, perhaps like an evangelistic team. What a balancing thought! So, where else do we see women at work for Jesus?
Jesus included women as part of His outreach team. They functioned as ongoing support. "And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance" Luke 8:1-3.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live with a prophet? What about a household of four prophetesses? In speaking of his travels Paul records "we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven (deacons); and abode with him. And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy" Acts 21:8, 9.
God created male and female to complement one another. Isn't it just like Him to have utilized such teamwork from the inception of His church?!