The Bible is called God-inspired, and I believe it really is. This makes it all the more amazing that the lives of the men and women in the Bible are not made ‘more holy’ than they were. God meant them to be just as they are with all their strengths and weaknesses. This time I’d like to share about Judah’s daughter in law.
The story of Rahab is one of the most amazing biblical examples we have of an individual’s faith and of God’s Mercy. Rahab, a Canaanite prostitute who lived in Jericho before the Israelites destroyed the city, is considered one of the most prominent people of faith found in Hebrews 11. The people of Jericho did not believe in God and did not obey Him… but Rahab did believe and acted according to her faith. She received Gods mercy and His grace by her faith.
This is a story about Gomer, the wife of Hosea. Gomer? Should you write about a woman of such ill repute? Well, there is a story in the story…
The story of Sarah, one of the matriarchs in the Bible. She was a woman of faith. She had to wait for years, but God fulfilled His promise to her.
Leah, the subject of her father’s deception, was to live out her life married to a man who did not love her. Her husband, Jacob, did not choose her, nor did he want her. Every day Leah faced the grim reality that her husband loved and desired her younger sister Rachel.
There are many women in the Bible who were used by God to change the fate of Israel… at a certain point they all made a conscious decision to arise.
Imagine you are about to have a baby boy and suddenly the government decides that you must kill him. What would you do? How would you feel? You could be punished or even killed if you disobey! God shows us a woman in the Bible who faced this: Jochebed. She was a Jewish woman, who lived in slavery in Egypt, but whose trust was still in the Lord. Do you recognise who she is? Yes, she is the mother of Moses!
In today’s world it is mostly women who are victims of abuse, trafficking, rapes. Women have less rights, are often not allowed to speak their mind. They are seen as less valuable and sometimes have to completely cover themselves. She Rises is a movement that aims to empower and encourage women. Why would we want to do that? Because it’s Gods vision.
When I read the Old Testament stories in the Bible I see it like a movie in my head. As was the case last week when I was reading in 1 Samuel 25, the amazing story of Abigail. An intriguing woman.
Have you seen the 2006 film One Night with the King? It is about a young woman in an ancient middle-eastern culture who, together with hundreds of other beautiful virgins, is brought to the king’s harem. They are to beautify themselves and prepare to spend one night with the king. Out of all these women he will choose one as his queen. All the other girls will live out their days in the royal harem. Many of them will never see the king again.