Like every beautiful flower, God created woman to be special. Formed with certain characteristics no man can possess, God gave women prominent roles in history to spread His kingdom on earth. Though all women are not wives, God created the first woman, Eve, to be a wife in the first book of the Bible, Genesis. And in Revelation, the last book of the Bible, God metaphorically applies “wife” to humanity as His way of describing our final, intimate union with His Son. God considers the role of woman as wife to be sacred.
Those inspirational roles (whether as wives or unmarried) that women play in the Bible should be accepted as truth–God does place women in positions to accomplish His will. He did not us create to stay back in the shadows.
God has a perfect plan for every woman—from Mary, who He selected as a young teen to birth our savior, to Sarah, a wife who God selected at age 90 to birth Isaac.
Women, if we accept God’s will—then expect to receive His blessings!
You too can be as inspiring as the women in the Bible. You can choose to make a difference in your life, and in the lives of those around you.
Anna the Prophetess
Anna gives inspiration to those who think they can’t do something “BIG” for God. Through her short story we find Anna spent her time praising God, and that seemed to be enough to get her mentioned in the Bible. So we can assume—because of her devotion to God—that she followed Jewish law, was kind to others, and was happy to serve by telling others about Jesus.
Following Anna’s simple example should not be a hard task for all women who follow Christ.
Luke 2:36-38 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them [Mary and Joseph] at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child [baby Jesus] to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
Esther was a young Jewish woman placed in king Xerxes of Persia’s harem. Eventually chosen to be his queen, Esther showed great courage by telling the king about a plan to assassinate him, and, a plan to have all the Jews in Persia killed.
Queen Ester risked her own life by approaching the king with this information, and also revealed the king’s highest nobleman conspired behind his back. By risking her own life, Ester saved the Jewish nation.
Esther 4:16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
Mary of Bethany
This Mary is the sister of Martha and Lazarus, who God raised from the dead. She is found three times in the Bible. First, when Jesus comes to visit her family in their home in Bethany, Luke 10:38-42. While He is there Mary chooses to sit at Jesus’ feet as He speaks. Martha then gets upset because she is the one doing all the work, but Jesus explains that Mary chose wisely.
Luke 10:42-44 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
In John 11, Mary is again at Jesus’ feet, this time falling there for comfort because Lazarus died.
The last time we see Mary is days before Jesus’ crucifixion. He comes again to Bethany and dines at the home of Simon the leper. Martha, again prepares the dinner while Mary breaks open an alabaster jar of expensive perfume. She pours it on Jesus’ head and also on His feet, which she wipes with her own hair. Her actions show she believed Jesus’ words and she anointed Him before His burial.
It is easy to understand that Mary was a faithful follower of Jesus, willing to listen, willing to go to Him for comfort, and willing to humbly serve Him.
Priscilla and her husband, Aquila, were Jewish tent makers in Corinth who took Paul in after his conversion They were early followers of Jesus. The Bible offers six references of them as a couple in four different books, by two different authors. Three times the name of Priscilla comes first and three times Aquila is named first. They are never mentioned individually.
When Priscilla and Aquila finally heard Paul preach of Jesus, as a couple they offer Paul more insight to His word.
Acts 18:26 He [Paul] began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.
In my statement of faith for this blog I write: I believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God. So, according to verses containing information about Priscilla, I believe she was a strong woman, equal to her husband in faith, and able to fervently share the message of Jesus with others.
Rahab was a Canaanite (hated by Jews) woman, a promiscuous woman, and a lying woman. Some find it hard to believe the God would use a woman with such low status to spread His kingdom, but He did!
When Joshua, wanting to overthrow the land of Jericho, sent in two spies, Rahab was the person the spies encountered first. They asked for her help, and she hid them from the kings men, in exchange for her family’s safety.
Joshua 2:12 “Now then, please swear to me by the LORD that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign
Because of her willingness to help, God kept His promise an protected Rahab’s family when He destroyed Jericho.
You—are a special woman created by God. No man can possess the characteristics God gave to you alone. Use what God has given you, just as these five amazing women in the Bible did, to bring glory to His name.