The Shulammite Woman

Women of the Bible The Shulammite Woman ==================== Her character: Hers is the only female voice that speaks directly and extensively to us in Scripture. Ruth's, Esther's, Hannah's, and Mary's voices, for instance, are all mediated through narration. The Shulammite woman boldly declares her longing and desire to be united to her lover in marriage. / Her sorrow: To have been separated from her beloved at times. / Her joy: To Continue Reading

Maybe It’s Time You Met the World’s Finest Woman

Maybe It’s Time You Met the World’s Finest Woman from the May 02, 2016 eNews issue by Dr. William P. Welty Therefore the LORD himself will give you a sign. Watch! The virgin is conceiving a child, and will give birth to a son, and his name will be called Immanuel. — Isaiah 7:14, (ISV) The community of Christian faith worldwide knows her as the finest woman who ever lived. Born in obscurity to a distant descendant of 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 Continue Reading

Esther

Esther ====== Her name means: "Ishtar," the Babylonian Goddess of Love, or from the Persian Word for "Star." Her Hebrew Name, "Hadassah," Means "Myrtle" Her character: An orphan in a foreign land, she was willing to conceal her Jewish identity in a bid for a pagan king's affection. Esther seemed willing to made moral compromises by sleeping with the king and then taking part in a wedding that would necessarily have required her to pay Continue Reading

The Widow of Zarephath

Her character: A Phoenician woman, she showed extraordinary hospitality to one of God's prophets, providing a safe harbor for him during a period of famine. / Her sorrow: To suffer extreme poverty, famine, and the loss of husband and son. / Her joy: To experience repeated miracles of God's provision. / Key Scriptures: 1 Kings 17:8-24; Luke 4:25-26 Her Story ========= Her arms were spindly and rough, like the dry twigs she had gathered 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 Continue Reading

A Mother’s love concerns no other Woman

Judges 5:28 The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and wailed through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? Why do the hoof-beats of his chariots tarry? Who should first suffer anxiety [in the palace of the women], if not the mother? Of a wife, nothing is said; such love thrives not in the harem of a prince. He is his mother’s pride, the great hero, who had hitherto been invincible. What she has in him, and what Continue Reading

Secret Weapon [Prayer]

1 Chronicles 5:18–22 Imagine ranks of warriors stretching as far as the eye can see. Their weapons glinting in the morning sunlight, spread over the villages and pastures of the land God had given them. Nearly 45,000 strapping young men—weapon-savvy, war-hungry and expertly trained—fingering their bows and sword hilts impatiently. They had trained for this battle. In the silence you could have heard a horse snort, a fish jump in the Jordan, a Continue Reading

Worship

1 Kings 3:4–15 Dark clouds slip between the guardian mountain peaks and scurry across the empty skies above Death Valley in California. Heat waves tremble over the parched earth as cloud shadows nibble at the eroded badlands and salt pans. Thunder rumbles in the distance. By late afternoon, the rain-gorged sky swings low. Suddenly the heavens burst! Fat raindrops jump like marbles on the hard-packed earth. Gradually the thirsty brown clods drink Continue Reading