Women of the Bible

November 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, Christian Women

We all know the stories of the great men of the Bible. From Abraham, Moses and Noah through to the New Testament gospel writers and Paul, their stories are vital to our faith history. Yet the role of women in the Bible should not be understated. Stories of ordinary women with extraordinary strength and courage abound, giving inspiration and encouragement to women today.

In the Old Testament we find an array of such women. Sarah, wife of Abraham, possesses courage, patience and forbearance in abundance.  After leaving her home following God’s promise to Abraham that he would be ‘father of many nations’ (Gen 17:5) she pretends to be Abraham’s sister to save him from Pharoah. Unable to conceive a child, she allows Abraham to father a son with Hagar, a slave. As Sarah’s situation deteriorates, God rewards her faith and she conceives her son Isaac. God fulfils his promise to Abraham, and Sarah becomes the mother ‘of many nations’. (Genesis Chapters 12-21).

After years of infertility, Hannah, too, prayed desperately to God for a child. Weeping, she promised to give her son in service to the priests.  That son was Samuel, one of the greatest prophets of the Old Testament (1 Samuel 1).

Esther is chosen for marriage to King Xerxes who is unaware of her Jewish background.  Warned of a plot to destroy the Jewish people, Esther risks her life to save them by appealing directly to the King. Courageously she declares, ‘if I perish I perish’ (Esther 4:16).  Ultimately, Esther’s bravery saves her people and her actions are remembered in the Jewish Feast of Purim.

Ruth, a Moabite widow, followed her mother-in-law Naomi, married Boaz and became the grandmother of David from whose line Jesus is descended.

Most revered of all is Mary, mother of Jesus, a virgin when she conceived the son of God.  Mary trusted God with all her heart, responding to the angel who told her of God’s plans, ‘‘I am the Lord’s servant… May it be to me as you have said’ (Luke 1:38).   Her cousin Elizabeth, barren for many years, became the mother of John the Baptist.

In Acts Chapter 18, we find Priscilla, one of the earliest teachers of Christian theology. When Paul arrived in Corinth he worked for Priscilla and her husband Aquila, who were tentmakers.  Forming a close friendship with Paul, they accompanied him to Syria. Priscilla taught and organised Christian groups in her home, one of her most notable pupils being Apollos, a renowned Christian preacher in the first century.

Eve, Deborah, Rebekah, Tamar, Rahab in the Old Testament, Martha and Mary in the New Testament, Mary Magdalene, present at all of the crucial events in the life of Jesus and the first witness of the Resurrection; the list of women who responded to God’s call goes on.

God works in the ordinary, He works with us where we are today.  He calls to us and if we respond to our calling, He uses us where we are.  It doesn’t always include a miracle or a grand gesture of faith, it can often be in the context of our day to day lives.

Take heart and inspiration from Women in the Bible.  Read the countless stories of how God used these often ordinary women for extraordinary purposes. As you read, remember always that ‘nothing is impossible with God’. (Luke 1:37). Listen for His voice as you pray today and let the light of Jesus Christ illuminate your world.

Robert Moment is a life-transforming inspirational life coach , speaker and author of highly acclaimed inspirational book, Christian Women-Blessed Wherever You Go. Robert specializes in maximizing human potential for purpose , happiness and success. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online Bible Study titled,  Christian Living.

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One Response to “Women of the Bible”
  1. Mary Bailey says:

    There is a lot of hurting women just want to help.

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