Who Are The Strong Women In The Bible?
God has given us examples to emulate and lessons for life from women who are included in Scripture.
No matter what our circumstances or station of life, these women teach us about faith and living.
Some may be considered to have come to the proverbial wrong side of the track.
Others portray godly lives and strength of character in the complex tasks assigned to them.
We are influenced by our upbringing and the society in which we live, but our faith is enriched when we learn from these women’s lives in Scripture.
I’d like to share scripture with you which will serve as a pointer to what we’ll be discussing.
Berean study bible puts it this way in Psalm 68:11; The Lord gives the command; a great company of women proclaims it.
Women in the old testament constitute a significant factor in the general program & purpose of God. In fact, it was a woman that got us into the mess we’re in today in the first place. Eve was the one deceived, not Adam.
But God established something after that. Remember he said, “it’s the seed of the woman, not the seed of the man, that will bruise the head of the serpent. So, women emerge very crucially in the program of God.
Throughout the Bible, we could see the Old Testament when they were marginalized, yet God used them in mighty ways to fulfill his purpose.
Examples of such women, we have Sarah who was a notable woman who believed in God.
The strength and submission she showed to her husband Abraham and the Bible calls Christian women daughters of Sarah. That’s very important.
We also saw Rebekah, who learned to hear from God, was proactive enough to ensure that God’s purpose is fulfilled and that the right person gets the birthright; Jacob receives the blessings over Esau. The judges in Israel Deborah a prophetess and wife, being the only female judge in her time.
The exploits of women from different nationalities like Ruth who remained persistent with her mother in-law Naomi.
She became an ancestor the Jesus. We have Esther, the queen who defended Israel. Without her actions, Israel may not be existing as a nation today. Esther 4:16
Women In The Old Testament
In the genealogy, Matthew includes several women. This doesn’t surprise us at all, not in our modern culture, but in an ancient Jewish genealogy. It was very unusual and, therefore, very deliberate.
Why does Matthew do so, especially when we consider the particular women he names?
Most women included were Gentiles – foreigners from a pagan background – and all of them were notorious, associated with scandal. Tamar was a Canaanite who pretended to be a prostitute in Canaanite Jericho; Ruth, from Moab, approached Boaz to marry her by spending the night with him. Bathsheba was married to Uriah the Hittite, who though a faithful servant of David, came from a Gentile family; David had an adulterous affair with Bathsheba while her soldier husband was away at the war front.
Her subsequent pregnancy led David to arrange for Uriah to die in battle. Esther delivered her people from mass slaughter if I perish, I perish. We have Hannah who came to God in her pain seeking for a child. God blessed her with Samuel who became a prophet.
We also have women like Jezebel the wife of king Ahab, a wicked queen who went after the prophets of God. Delilah who ended the life of Samson by luring him to sleep and using a sharp razor to cut off his hair.
Jael, the woman that killed Sisera. All these women, whether with bad or good tags, you can learn something from each of them.
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Rahab also had to trust that Israel’s army would honor the spies’ pledge to save her family if she kept quiet and hung a scarlet cord outside her window. James said that good deeds are the evidence of faith. Rahab both believed and acted, and her family was made perfect (James 2:22) by what she said. She alone against the rest of her people and risked her life to protect the spies Joshua had sent to Jericho, because she believed In God’s act to redeem and that he alone was God of heaven and earth. she was prepared to act, trusting him and the promised of the spies, and so she became part of God’s people by faith. Joshua 2, 6:15-25
We hear about the persistence of Ruth “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me” (Ruth 1:6-7).
We are thrilled with the fierceness in Deborah. Deborah was the only named female judge during this time. She aggressively pulled on the moral bridle of Israel to return to the worship of the one true God, and ruthlessly purified the nation of those evil actors who were interested in keeping Israel spiritually complacent and under slavery to the Canaanites. “Certainly, I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman” (Judg. 4:9).
Like Deborah a thousand years earlier, Esther saved Israel from the consequences of its own spiritual folly and established a safe place for Jews to worship in the land. It was on this basis that Judaism was allowed to flourish under Greek and Roman rule in the centuries to come, and it was because of Esther that the ministry of Jesus was able to thrive freely and openly in a public society. Esther 4:15-16 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in [a]Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so, I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!