Good women of the bible

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But there are others that have only a small appearance in the Bible, some as few as one verse.

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They feared God and lived faithfully. They did what they needed to do. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.

Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control. God empowered all women to be strong and follow his call, and he used the actions of these women to inspire and teach us years later through the biblical text. Here are 10 examples of ordinary women in the Bible who showed incredible strength and faith. The King of Egypt commanded the two Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah, to kill all the Hebrew boys when they were born.

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In Exodus 1 we read that the midwives feared God and did not do what the King commanded them to do. Instead they lied and said the babies were born before they arrived. These women are great examples of how we can resist an evil regime. They didn't do what the king of Egypt had told them to do. They let the boys live. Then the king of Egypt sent for the women. He asked them, "Why have you done this?

Why have you let the boys live? They are strong. They have their babies before we get there. And the people of Israel increased their s more and more. Shiphrah and Puah had respect for God. So he gave them families of their own. How they exceeded expectations: These women feared God more than the unnamed Pharaoh in Exodus who could have easily had them killed. These women were up against a hard choice, follow this new Pharaoh or reap the consequences.

Tamar was left childless and dependent on the hospitality of her father-in-law, Judah, but he abandoned his responsibility to provide her a son to continue the family line. He agreed to have his youngest son marry her, but he never kept his promise.

So Tamar dressed as a prostitute, slept with her father-in-law he did not recognize herand conceived a son by him.

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It sounds strange to us today, but in that culture Tamar had more honor than Judah, because she did what needed to continue the family line—the line that lead to Jesus. There Judah saw the daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua. He took her and went in to her, and she conceived and bore a son, and he called his name Er. She conceived again and bore a son, and she called his name Onan. Yet again she bore a son, and she called his name Shelah. Judah was in Chezib when she bore him How she exceeded expectations: People would have expected Tamar to accept defeat, but instead she stood up for herself.

Though it may seem like an odd way to do it, she earned the respect of her father-in-law and continued the family line. Upon realizing what had happened, Judah acknowledged his guilt in keeping his youngest son from Tamar. Rahab was a prostitute in Jericho. When two spies for the Israelites came to her house she kept them safe and let them stay overnight. When the King of Jericho ordered her to hand them over, she lied to him and said they had already left, but in reality she had hidden them on her roof. Rahab feared the God of another people, lied to her earthly king, and helped an invading army.

She is referenced in Joshua 2; Heb. So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: "Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land. Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, "I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone's courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.

Give me a sure that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them-and that you will save us from death. How she exceeded expectations: The king of Jericho would not have expected a prostitute to outwit him and protect Israelite spies.

Though Rahab did not have the most flattering profession, she was wise enough to recognize that the God of the Israelites was the only God! She rightly feared God and became an unlikely friend to the men taking over her city. Whatever you might think of prostitutes, this lady of the night saved the day! When the Queen Mother, Athaliah, discovered her son, King Ahaziah dead, she executed the entire royal family to secure her position as the Queen of Judah. Seven years later her husband, Jehoiada, who was a priest, reinstated little Joashon the throne.

Jehosheba is mentioned in 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles 22where her name is recorded as Jehoshabeath.

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She put him and his nurse in a bedroom to hide him from Athaliah; so he was not killed. He remained hidden with his nurse at the temple of the LORD for six years while Athaliah ruled the land. Jehosheba risked her life to save prince Joash and his nurse. If caught she would have been killed for her good deed. Jehosheba shows us that bravery is not limited to one sex.

Who would have thought a seemingly ordinary woman would save the royal line of David from extinction through an act of love. After the priest Hilkiah discovered a book of the Law during renovations at Solomon's Temple, Huldah declared prophetically that the book they found was the authentic word of the Lord. She also prophesied destruction, as the people had not been following the instructions in the book. Yet, she ends with reassurance for King Josiah that he would not see the destruction because of his repentance.

Huldah was married yet also was a prophetess in her own right. She was used by God to declare that the writings found were authentic Scripture. You can find her mentioned in 2 Kings 22 and again in 2 Chronicles She lived in Jerusalem, in the New Quarter. How she exceeded expectations: Huldah is the only female prophet in the book of Kings.

Lydia was one of the first converts to Christianity. In Actsshe is described as a worshiper of God and a businesswoman with a family. The Lord opened her heart, and she and her entire household were baptized. She then opened her house to Paul and his companions, offering hospitality to the missionaries. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul.

How she exceeded expectations: Lydia was part of a group that met for prayer by the river; they did not have a synagogue, as synagogues required at least 10 Jewish men. Being a seller of purple cloth, she would have been wealthy; yet, she humbled herself offering hospitality to others. Luke mentions Lydia by name, noting her importance in this record of history. Priscilla, also known as Prisca, was a Jewish woman from Rome who converted to Christianity. Some may point out that she is always mentioned with her husband and never on her own.

However, they are always shown as equals in Christ, and the two of them together are remembered as leaders of the early church. Luke also tells us in Acts 18 that when Apollos began to speak in Ephesus it was Priscilla and Aquila together who pulled him aside and explained the Way of God more accurately. How she exceeded expectations: Priscilla is an example of how a husband and wife can have an equal partnership in their work for the Lord. She was noted of having equal importance to her husband, both to God and the early church.

Here we see the early church respecting husbands and wives working together as useful teachers for the gospel. She supported Paul and many others in the work of the Lord. No mention is made of her husband, if she had one. How she exceeded expectations: Women were not readily given leadership roles during this time, as women were not trusted the same as men in the culture.

During the time of Christ, women were not allowed to be witnesses in the legal sense. Their testimony was not considered credible. Yet, it is women who are recorded in the gospels as the first to see the risen Christ and proclaim him to the rest of the disciples. The s vary across the gospels, and while Mary Magdalene is the first to witness the risen Jesus in all four, the Gospels of Luke and Matthew include other women as witnesses too. How they exceeded expectations: These women were recorded in history as credible witnesses, in a time when men alone were considered trustworthy.

This record has stumped many over the years who assumed the disciples of Jesus made up the resurrection. There are many strong women in the Bible who depended on God more than themselves. Some had to lie to save others, and others broke tradition to do the right thing. Their deeds, as guided by God, are recorded in the Bible for all to read and be inspired by.

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