In the Old Testament, the word ezer appears twenty-one times in three different contexts: the creation of woman, when Israel applied for military aid, and in reference to God as Israel’s helper for military purposes (in this context, ezer appears sixteen times). God isn’t a helpmeet in the watered down milquetoast way we’ve taught or understood that word within our churches, is he? No, our God is more than that: he’s a strong helper, a warrior.

By naming his daughters after this aspect of his character, God did not name women as secondary helpmeet assistants. No, friend – women were created and called out as warriors. You are a warrior, alongside your brothers, on God’s mission in the world.

– Jesus Feminist, Sarah Bessey