Women of the Bible – The Woman of Endor (The Witch of Endor)

The Woman of Endor ================== Her character: Compassionate to Saul on the eve of his death, she exercised power by acting as a medium. / Her sorrow: To have delivered a hopeless message to Israel's king. / Key Scriptures: 1 Samuel 28:3-25 Her Story ========= It was a night for frightening apparitions. Squinting through the open doorway, the woman stiffened, retreating a step. A face loomed before her, floating on its own like a Continue Reading

Women of the Bible – Abigail

Abigail ======= Her name means: "My Father Is Joy" Her character: Generous, quick-witted, and wise, she is one of the Bible's great peacemakers. / Her sorrow: To have been mismatched in marriage to her first husband. / Her joy: That God used her to save lives, eventually making her the wife of David. / Key Scriptures: 1 Samuel 25:2-42 Her Story ========= Blockhead, numskull, nincompoop—the words strike us as both harsh and humorous. But Continue Reading

Women of the Bible – Michal

Michal ====== Her name means: "Who Is Like God?" Her character: A woman of strong emotions, she was unable to control the important circumstances of her life. Forcibly separated from two husbands, she lost her father and her brother, who were savaged by their enemies. / Her sorrow: That she was ensnared in the drawn-out battle between Saul and David. / Her joy: Though short-lived, she enjoyed a passionate love for David. / Key Scriptures: Continue Reading

Women of the Bible – Hannah

Hannah ====== Her name means: "Graciousness" or "Favor" Her character: Provoked by another woman's malice, she refused to respond in kind. Instead, she poured out her hurt and sorrow to God, allowing him to vindicate her. / Her sorrow: To be taunted and misunderstood. / Her joy: To proclaim God's power and goodness, his habit of raising the lowly and humbling the proud. / Key Scriptures: 1 Samuel 1:1-2:11; 2:19-21 Her Story ========= It Continue Reading

Women of the Bible: Ruth

Ruth ==== Her name means: "Friendship" Her character: Generous, loyal, and loving, she is strong and serene, able to take unusual risks, dealing actively with life circumstances. / Her sorrow: To have lost her husband, homeland, and family. / Her joy: To discover firsthand the generous, loyal, and loving nature of God, as he provided her with a husband, a son, and a home to call her own. / Key Scriptures: Ruth 2-4; Matthew 1:5 Her Continue Reading

Women of the Bible – Naomi

Naomi ===== Her name means: "My Joy" or "Pleasant" Her character: Suffering a threefold tragedy, Naomi refused to hide Her Sorrow or bitterness. Believing in God's sovereignty, she attributed her suffering to his will. But her fixation on circumstances, both past and present, led to hopelessness. A kind and loving mother-in-law, she inspired unusual love and loyalty in her daughters-in-law. / Her sorrow: To have lost a husband and two sons Continue Reading

Women of the Bible – Delilah

Delilah ======= Her name means: "Dainty One" Her character: A prostitute whose nationality is unknown, she used her beauty to betray her lover and enrich herself. / Her sorrow: That Samson lied to her, making her look foolish on three different occasions. / Her joy: That she overpowered one of history's most powerful men, handing him over to his enemy, the Philistines. / Key Scriptures: Judges 16:4-22 Her Story ========= Her teeth Continue Reading

Women of the Bible – Jael

Jael ==== Her name means: "A Wild or Mountain Goat" Her character: Decisive and courageous, she seized the opportunity to slay an enemy of God's people. / Her sorrow: To be lauded by Deborah and Barak for her part in a decisive victory. / Key Scriptures: Judges 4-5 Her Story ========= Jael watched uneasily through the flaps of her tent as clouds swept the blue from the sky and rain fell like a shroud across the horizon. Sisera, she Continue Reading

Women of the Bible – Deborah

Deborah ======= Her name means: "Honey Bee" Her character: Her vision of the world was shaped not by the political situation of her day but by her relationship with God. Though women in the ancient world did not usually become political leaders, Deborah was just the leader Israel needed—a prophetess who heard God and believed him and whose courage aroused the people, enabling them to throw off foreign oppression. / Her sorrow: That her Continue Reading

Women of the Bible – Rahab

Rahab ===== Her name means: "Storm," "Arrogance," "Broad," or "Spacious" Her character: Rahab was both clever and wise. She saw judgment coming and was able to devise an escape plan for herself and her family. As soon as she heard what God had done for the Israelites, she cast her lot with his people, risking her life in an act of faith. / Her sorrow: To see her own people destroyed and her city demolished. / Her joy: That God had given her, Continue Reading