Women of the Bible

By Wade and William Cornelius

After decades of intensely studying Scripture, common sense tells us that the Earth we live on would be void of all human life if God did not have a sense of humor. Humor is intended to make us laugh, it often sheds light on the absurdity of our human condition, especially on ourselves, and our Father God laughs at the innocence of His children.

One of our Biblical jokes begins with the creation of Adam:  “God took one look at Adam and said to Himself he needs help,” and knowing man’s lack of guidance, “God made he a woman, and brought her unto the man Adam.” 1

Think about it, the reality of this Biblical truth is no joke. Where would we men be in the absence of the women God has purposely placed in our life?

Men are personally responsible to God for the spiritual welfare of their family. And it is the woman of the family who maintains, guides and nurtures each member—father and child. It is a spiritual task that only God and the mother, the wife, the woman understand.

A wise man knows that the Father our God and every woman have a unique spiritual bond that is beyond man’s capability to understand.

Eve - Adam’s Wife

“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.” 2

Our Lord’s human heritage begins with mother Eve, unto His birth through Mary, the blessed mother of Christ. Eve is called ‘the mother of all living’. Those who believe Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, God’s Son, will have life eternal.

Sarah the First Matriarch - Abraham’s Wife

Talk with God; He will bring laughter into your life. “And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.” 3

Women often have a more personal, intimate relationship with God than men. God listens when you speak with Him and He responds through His Word and through the events in your life. Talk to God!

God commanded Abraham to listen to his wife Sarah, a sensible husband’s command. “And God said unto Abraham...in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice…” 4

Rebekah the Second Matriarch - Isaac’s Wife

God our Father in His Divine Omniscience and in our obedience will make family plans; marriages are made in heaven. Abraham sends his servant Eliezer to find a wife for his son Isaac.

“The LORD God of heaven...he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife [Rebekah] unto my son [Isaac] from thence.” 5

Rachel the Third Matriarch - Jacob’s Wife

A mother’s love for the death of her family’s children to this day resounds in heaven. Just like Rachel’s weeping over the death of the innocent children Herod murdered while seeking to end the life of the Christ Child in Bethlehem.

“In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.” 6

Miriam

Miriam the prophetess, God’s spokeswoman and sister of Aaron and Moses, led the Hebrew women in their praise and glory of God during their Exodus from Egyptian slavery.

“Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously...” 7

Women’s Military Prowess

Three notable Biblical women, Deborah and Judith, saved Israel from military destruction, and one non-Hebrew Biblical woman, Jael, –through God-directed events– drove a tent stake through the head of an invading general.

Deborah

Deborah was a prophetess, one whom God ordains to speak for Him. She also was one of Israel’s 12 Judges meaning to set right and to rule; thus halting the moral degeneration of the Israelite peoples under evil’s temptation.

Israelite soldiers refused to go to war against the oppressive Canaanite king unless Deborah led them into battle. She did, the oppressive king was killed and there was not a man left of his army. The king’s general fled on foot, hiding in the tent of Jael.

“Then Jael...took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand...and smote the nail into his temples…So he died.” 8 And the land had rest forty years, under Deborah’s judgeship. Her Biblical legacy: “…I arose a mother in Israel.” 9

Judith

The world power Babylon, under King Nebuchadnezzer in a violent rage sent his most powerful general in a murderous rampage against all lands. During one military engagement his general surrounds a mountainous Israelite city cutting off their water and food supplies. 

Judith a God fearing widow of unusual beauty prayed:  “O God, my God hear me also as a widow. It is you who were the author of all events and of what preceded and followed them. The present also, and the future...the things You decide on come forward and say, ‘Here we are!’...please, please hear my prayer.” 10

God answered Judith’s prayer and through her cunning and beauty she was enabled by God to infiltrate the enemy’s camp, obtain counsel with the general and eventfully cut off his head with his own sword, ending the invasion.

Rahab

During the Israelite siege of Jericho, Rahab protects two Israelite spies from death, saves her family and marries Salmon; becoming the great, great grandmother of King David, and Christ’s ancestor.

Her Biblical legacy:  “…[She was] justified by [her] works…” 11

This is a testimony that women have spiritual work, God’s work, not only within their family but to those whom God has placed in their daily life. Know that God our Father is thankful for your work.

Ruth

Ruth a motherless widow was a farm laborer. She dedicated herself to the care of her mother-in-law Naomi telling her:  “...for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:” 12

Ruth married the son of Rahab becoming the great grandmother of King David, and Christ’s ancestor.

Esther

God’s Divine Providence places each of us, His children, in a life time, this time, a particular generation, with a very specific spiritual mission.

Esther a God-loving, beautiful, orphaned Jewish woman, was chosen to save the Hebrew race from complete extermination. “…thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” 13

Each woman, every wife, all mothers have ‘come to the kingdom for such a time as this.’ Women are blessed with a Divine ordination, holy orders by a Father who dearly loves His daughters. Ask God what your holy orders are and He will answer.

Mary & Martha

Mary and Martha were sisters of Lazarus whom Christ raised from the dead. “Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister [Mary], and Lazarus.” 14

Our Lord often lodged with this family in Bethany during His Ministry in Jerusalem. Mary was blessed by Christ with intimate knowledge of God’s Kingdom. “Mary...sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.” 15

Although Martha’s blessing may seem ordinary as the one who fed and waited on our Lord, she fulfilled God’s will for greatness. “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” 16

Martha was the first woman in Scripture to receive God’s truth on life after death. “Jesus said unto her, [Martha] I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” 17

Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene was a constant companion among the disciples in our Lord’s ministry as He proclaimed the Kingdom of God from city to city. She was among the many women who followed Christ, tending to His ministerial needs. Scripture unveils that she, like John the Apostle, dearly loved Jesus.

Mary Magdalene was the first person that Christ appeared to after His resurrection. “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.” 18

Herein is an important witness for all women on how Satan and his devils will attempt to shut down God’s special mission for them.

Our Lord specifically gives us authority over Satan and his demons in His name. In the name of Jesus Christ we can command every evil spirit back to the pit of the abyss wherein they arise from. Read Luke 10 verses 17 and 19 and rejoice in verse 20.

The Women at the Cross of Christ

Jesus speaking to His Apostles:  “Behold, the hour cometh that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.” 19

Christ’s Apostles, the men, fled in fear during His Passion. John stood alone with many women during our Lord’s crucifixion. “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother,” 20 “... And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:” 21

A mother’s love has no fear.

Mary, the Mother of God Unveils Life Begins at Conception

In the sixth month of Mary’s cousin Elizabeth’s miraculous pregnancy, God’s angel Gabriel appears to Mary speaking these words:  “Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.” 22

Mary, in faith and in obedience speaks:  “And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” 23

Mary, on that day, with the Christ Babe now conceived in her womb, in haste travels to Elizabeth’s home, a city in Judah, to tend unto Elizabeth’s maternal needs.

After a journey of three to four days, upon entering Elizabeth’s home, Mary greets her. “…when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.” 24

Elizabeth’s greeting and the babe in her womb, John the Baptist, who leaps for joy, both knew in Spirit the Presence of JESUS in Mary’s womb.

A babe’s life, soul, spirit and body, ‘the fruit of thy womb,’ begins at the moment of conception.

Our Blessed Mother Mary’s Final Biblical Words

During the wedding at Cana: [Mary] His mother saith to the servant,” looking to her Son, Jesus, “Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.” 25

1 Genesis 2:18-22
2 Genesis 3:20
3 Genesis 21:6
4 Genesis 21:12
5 Genesis 24:7
6 Matthew 2:18
7 Exodus 15:21
8 Judges 4:21
9 Judges 5:7
10 Judith 9:4-12
11 James 2:25
12 Ruth 1:16
13 Esther 4:14
14 John 11:5
15 Luke 10:39
16 Mark 9:35
17 John 11:25-26
18 Mark 16:9
19 John 16:32
20 John 19:25
21 Matthew 27:55
22 Luke 1:28-31
23 Luke 1:38
24 Luke 1:41-42
25 John 2:5

Winter 2018

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