Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things. 1 Timothy 3:11
The month of March is Women’s History Month.
2015 Women’s History Month theme is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives. ”
With a theme for weaving the stories of women lives, it seems fitting to look at some remarkable women of the Bible.
Therefore I want to add to this celebratory month for women as 2015 Women’s History Month and Women in the Bible.
I have at least three women of the Bible that I have chosen that had qualities of being devoted, loyal, brave, and enterprising and had a spirit of faithfulness to God, their family and their nation.
1. Leah was the first wife of Jacob (Israel). She knew her husband did not love her. Yet she borne him seven children. She was also the older sister of her husband’s second wife Rachel who borne him two sons (Joseph and Benjamin). Leah and Rachel also had their maidservants give birth for Jacob, as it was the custom in Ancient times. All the male children produced the Tribe of Israel. After Rachel died during childbirth, it was Leah who became the faithful wife and mother to all the siblings. Her desire to be love by Jacob as he loved her younger sister Rachel is a bittersweet love story that resonates like a daytime soap opera. Genesis 29-35; Ruth 4:11
2. Rahab was a prostitute who would help the Israelites escape and overtake their enemies. She protected the welfare of her family and saved their lives. Later, she would be wed to a Hebrew and they would give birth to a son, Jesse the father of King David (his grandmother). Joshua 2:1-21; Joshua 6:17-25; Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:31; James 2:25
3. Deborah was a judge and Prophetess. She had a close relationship with God and also was a leader in Israel. One of Deborah’s qualities was her humbleness to follow the Word of God by supporting Barak, a Hebrew who was insecure and fearful of Israel’ enemy, Sisera. The battle was won but it was Jael, a woman, who killed Sisera. Judges 4-5
How best to show that weaving the stories of women’s lives first begins with Eve in the Garden of Eden and continues today with women who believe in Christ and are in the trenches each day, during the will of God.
In Him Alone
The Counterfeit Christian
2015 The Year of Our Lord
AIN’T I A WOMAN?
by Sojourner Truth
Speech spoken at 1851 Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio