Some men think women should never exercise authority over men. According to Jesus, they’re wrong:
“The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom; and now something greater than Solomon is here.” (Luke 11:31.)
This isn’t the only instance of the Bible showing a woman exercising godly authority over men, and the fact that in Jesus’ illustration King Solomon was a man and the Queen of Sheba a woman is not an indication that women are still ultimately subject to a man’s authority. This event is not brought up by Jesus because Solomon is the archetype man. Rather, Jesus brings up the meeting of these two monarchs because Solomon is a foreshadow of Jesus and the Queen is a foreshadow of those who come to Jesus in faith. Coming to faith, not the relationship between women and men, is the point of Jesus’ teaching.
Yet some would argue, perhaps, that Jesus is talking about the Queen of Sheba’s example being the condemnation of those who chose not to have faith in Jesus. This argument again takes the verse out of context. Jesus was talking about people who viewed his own actions and teachings and yet rejected his authority, and then compared the Queen of Sheba favorably to himself. He is saying that her actions show her authority to condemn those who did not choose to follow him. Also, even if someone sidelines the Queen of Sheba to their own satisfaction, they then must address Deborah, Priscilla, Huldah, Phoebe, Rahab, Tamar, Abigail, Junia, Zipporah and other Bible women who acted with godly authority over men in a variety of ways (which collectively represent all manner of authority) and try to sideline them as well.
The affirmation of the authority of the Queen of Sheba comes straight from Jesus’ mouth. Who would argue with Jesus? Maybe Pharisees, but I’d rather not follow their example.
I’d rather follow Jesus.