10 Women In The Bible We Need Today

The History Channel The Bible Miniseries is leading people to think more about scripture and its meaning than anything else.

The famous Bible women  dealt with identical situations that we face today. They knew grief, loss, suffering, stress, infertility, growing old and dying. There are stories or honorable mentions of nearly 180 great women in the Bible. Some we now well, Some are overlooked. Here is a chance to take a look at  women that would be great in our lives today.

Sarah

Sarah’s life was one depicting immense faith as she was asked to deny herself,  as she faced famine, and as she feared growing old. Her life teaches us to wait on the Lord and reveals a miracle of God. Isaac was distraught at her death and only consoled by meeting Rebekah, whom he married. But it wasn’t all good. Impatient for a child in her earlier years, Sarah forced her husband on Haggai, their maid, who conceived Ishmael and later was banished from Abraham’s employ.

She can be found in Genesis chapters 11 through 25; Isaiah 51:2; Romans 4:19, 9:9; Hebrews 11:11; and 1 Peter 3:6.

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Bathsheba

Bathsheba was a faithful wife to David. She was especially loyal to her son Solomon, making sure he followed David as king, even though Solomon was not David’s firstborn son. Bathsheba was wise and protective. Women had few rights in ancient times.Often circumstances seem stacked against us, but if we keep our faith in God, we can find meaning in life. God makes sense when nothing else does.

She can be found in:2 Samuel 11:1-3, 12:24; 1 Kings 1:11-31, 2:13-19; 1 Chronicles 3:5; Psalm 51:1.

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Rebekah

Rebekkah’s life exemplifies the virtue of a single woman in terms of purity, holiness and patience. It shows how to step out on faith. Rebekah was assertive and fought for what she believed was right She can be found in Genesis 22:23: Chapter 24; 25:20-28; 26:7-8, 35; 27:5-15, 42-46; 28:5; 29:12; 35:8; 49:31; Romans 9:10.

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Rahab

Rahab was truly an example of courage and faith as she hid two spies and saved her family. In her society she was considered the lowest of low. Rahab was one of those unexpected characters in the Bible. Even though she made her living as a prostitute, she was smart, cunning and a woman of survival. Rahab was loyal to Israel and faithful to her word. She was resourceful in an emergency. She can be found in Joshua 2:1-21; 6:17, 22, 23, 25; Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:31; James 2:25.

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Ruth

Ruth is amongst the shortest books in the bible. It displays an important lesson. It shows how God uses people in amazing ways. The story opens in Moab, a pagan country east of Judah and the Dead Sea. Naomi and her husband Elimelek fled there during a famine. After Elimelek and Naomi’s two sons died, she decided to return to Israel. Faithfulness is one of the key themes of this book. We see Ruth’s faithfulness to Naomi, Boaz’s faithfulness to Ruth, and everyone’s faithfulness to God. God, in return, rewards them with great blessings.

These characters’ faithfulness led to kindness toward each other. Kindness is an outpouring of love. Everyone in this book showed the type of selfless love toward others that God expects from his followers. She can be found. The Book of Ruth depicts her journey.  Ruth and her husband Boaz had a child they named Obed, who became the grandfather of David. From David’s line came Jesus of Nazareth, Savior of the world.

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Mary Magdalene

In movies and books, Mary Magdalene is often portrayed as a prostitute, but nowhere does the Bible make that claim. Mary stayed with Jesus during his crucifixion when others fled in fear. Mary Magdalene was honored by being the first person Jesus appeared to after his resurrection. Mary Magdalene was loyal and generous. She can found in Matthew 27:56, 61; 28:1; Mark 15:40, 47, 16:1, 9; Luke 8:2, 24:10; John 19:25, 20:1, 11, 18.

Jochebed was the mother of Moses, one of the major characters in the Old Testament. Her appearance is short and we are not told much about her, but one trait stands out: trust in God. It is also a lesson to pray without ceasing. Jochebed’s story is found in chapter two of Exodus, Exodus 6:20, and Numbers 26:59.

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Elizabeth

Elizabeth bore a son in her old age and raised him as God had commanded. She  was sad but never became bitter because of her barrenness. She had enormous faith in God her entire life. She appreciated God’s mercy and kindness.We should never underestimate God’s tremendous love for us. Even though Elizabeth had been barren and her time for having a baby was over, God caused her to conceive. Our God is a God of surprises. Sometimes, when we least expect it, he touches us with a miracle and our life is changed forever. She can be found in Luke 1:41-45

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Martha

Martha was one of those who gave hospitality to Jesus during His public ministry. Thus, in the course of those wanderings which began when “he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerus” (Lk 9:51), he “entered into a certain village”–its name is not stated–and “a certain woman named Martha received him into her house” (Lk 10:38).

Martha, whose sense of responsibility as hostess weighed heavily upon her, was “cumbered about much serving,” and her indignation was aroused at the lack of assistance given to her by her sister. Martha is the practical productive woman. We all have a productive side of us. Martha it does seem as if her character is more fully revealed than that of many other females.

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Esther

Esther was raised by her uncle Mordecai.  King Ahasuerus married Esther.  Mordecai urged Esther not to tell the king that they were Jewish and Esther kept this secret. Matters came to a head when the wicked and scheming Haman had the king issue a decree that all Jewish people in the land be executed.  The king signed and gave it his seal of approval.  Esther, at grave risk to herself, intervened.   As a result of her careful handling of the situation, Haman was hanged on the gallows he built for Mordecai, and the decree was never carried out. Esther teaches us that there is a preparation time for everything. Your background does not hinder your future with God.

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