8Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, I will go, but if you will not go with me, I will not go.” 9And she said, “I will surely go with you. Nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the LORD will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.”
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The bible story referenced above ends in a bit of a gory way. As prophesied, the glory of killing the king and winning the battle falls into the hand of woman. If you are curios to know more, read Judges 4:21 🙂
The thing we want our girls and young women to know is that God uses women and there are in fact great stories of female bible heroes! I know many pastors who make an effort to preach about women from the bible in church. Below you will see a list of some of our favorite women in scriptures. These women are famous for their bravery, skill, faith, faithfulness, beauty, sacrifice and more. Just like them, He can and will use you to do amazing things for His kingdom. This list will be expanding, expect more biblical accounts of amazing women from Mary to Jesus Mary Magdalene.
The Jewish Exodus from Egypt was greatly aided by Moses’ sister Miriam, but Miriam’s hubris caused her problems. Miriam helped Pharaoh’s daughter as her infant brother floated down the Nile River in a basket to avoid being killed by Egyptians by presenting Jochebed as his wet nurse.
Miriam was present, leading the Jews in celebration after they had successfully crossed the Red Sea many years later. She did, however, grumble about Moses’ Cushite wife because of her prophetic position. She was given the leprosy curse by God, but Moses’ prayers made her well. God used these women to play a huge part in freeing His people, Israel.
Rahab’s Background: Two Israelite spies had traveled to the ancient city of Jericho to scout the area and determine if they could conquer it. Rahab was one of the notorious women there. Rahab, a Canaanite, put her faith in the God of Israel. She concealed the spies on the roof of her house, which was built into the city wall, when the spies arrived in Jericho. Rahab led the king’s messengers astray when they arrived to inquire about the spies, leading them on a perilous goose chase down the Jordan River path. She informed the spies that she was aware that the Lord had granted them possession of Canaan. She was aware of all the miracles and victories brought about for them in the Red Sea. She begged them to keep their distance because she had protected her family before lowering them by a rope through a window. Rahab and her entire family were spared during Israel’s occupation of Jericho, as promised. Rahab was King David’s great-great-grandmother and the mother of Boaz. Rahab, a foreigner and sinner, thereby became related to Jesus Christ via her deep faith in God and loyalty to His people. She is a great example of what women can do, she was couragious.
Her Strengths: Despite being in grave danger from the king of her own city, Jericho, Rahab proved to be brave, daring, strong, and devoted to God. She picked whose side she wanted to be on after recognizing God’s magnificence from the tales she had heard. Rahab made the decision to follow Him when no one else in her community did, and as a result, she was the only person in her city to be saved. She’s one of only biblical women included in the biblical hall of faith passage in Hebrews.
“Now faith is assurance of what we do not see and trust in what we hope for.” 1 Hebrews 11 (inspiring bible verses)
Story of She: Ruth was a young Moabite woman who was married to an Israelite who had fled Israel’s famine with his family and brother to Moab. When the family’s three males all passed away, Ruth refused to go back to her parents’ home and look for a new spouse to support her. Instead, she stayed with her mother-in-law Naomi. She knew that staying with Naomi would almost certainly result in both of them living in poverty, but she insisted on not abandoning Naomi to endure her suffering on her own. Ruth promised to return to Israel with Naomi and to obey Naomi’s god. Ruth put a lot of effort into gleaning the fields when they got back to Israel to support Naomi and herself. She submitted to Boaz, the kinsman-redeemer of Naomi’s household, and offered herself to him in marriage, pleading with him to uphold the Levirate law of reclaiming the wife and property of his deceased relative. Ruth eventually gave birth to Obed and was King David’s great-grandmother. Ruth’s exceptional commitment, faithfulness, and love allowed her to join the line of Jesus Christ, much like Rahab, and she did so by marrying into it.
Biblical Strengths: Ruth demonstrated loyalty to Naomi and faith in God. In the way she supported herself and Naomi and pursued Boaz for marriage, she was modest and compassionate, but she was also strong and courageous. She was lauded by Boaz for being compassionate and obedient, as well as for abiding by God’s commandment. He claimed that she was regarded as of the women of great character by everyone in their village.
“A buddy will remain by you more than a brother (or sister) will.” 18:24b in Proverbs bible verse
1 Samuel chapters 1 and 2 contain the account of Hannah. This story of Hannah is so beautiful and she truly is a hero. To endure suffering, to make a desperate vow in belief, and follow through on it is huge. This is the type of person and woman that God will use, I pray that you would be like her. Elkanah, her husband, loved her, but the Lord had shut her womb. She made a promise to God that if He were to grant her a son, she would give him to the Lord for the rest of his life because she was childless. The story calls her vow as lending to the Lord.
God gave Sarah an incredible honor. She was Abraham’s wife, and she gave birth to the people of Israel, who later produced the world’s Savior, Jesus Christ. However, her impatience caused her to persuade Abraham to have a child with Sarah’s Egyptian slave Hagar, beginning a dispute that still exists today. Nothing causes an uproar like two women that have a claim on the same man, thank God we don’t have this arrangement today.
At last, Sarah gave birth to Isaac at the age of 90 thanks to a divine miracle. Sarah teaches us that God’s time is always ideal and that he always fulfills his promises.
Deborah served as both a judge and a prophet, serving as the nation of Israel’s powerful and valiant leader. Judges were the most important figures in Israel before the country had kings. Deborah, who was also a prophet, presided over court and arbitrated disputes between the people, just like Moses had done. It’s important to note that women weren’t typically females so it shows that God will use a female. Judges were essentially military leaders sent by God to deliver Israel from hostile armies. When Deborah took over as Israel’s judge, the Israelites weren’t obeying God, but she guided them back to Him. Deborah was a strong, courageous woman who entirely trusted in God. Deborah was instructed by God to give the order to Barak, one of the generals in the Lord’s army, to engage Sisera’s army in combat. God vowed to throw Sisera into Barak’s control. However, Barak argued that he would only go if Deborah accompanied him. Deborah nodded in agreement, but added that because he didn’t trust God to travel without her, God would truly give Sisera to a woman. Jael, a female, was responsible for Sisera’s death. Israel thereafter experienced 40 years of peace under Deborah’s leadership.
Deborah demonstrated her strength, bravery, wisdom, and devotion to God. She obeyed the Lord and paid attention to His word even though others committed sin. She exhibited bravery and faith in God when others were afraid of the opposing army. She used the knowledge that God had given her to judge the populace and to nudge them back toward the Lord.
“Have courage and strength! For wherever you go, the Lord your God is with you. Judah 1:9 This scripture is for both men and women. She was a powerful women in the bible!
Esther was a biblical courageous woman and tenacious queen who helped Israel as a whole. When the Jews were living under Persian dominion during the Exile, King Xerxes became dissatisfied with his queen and made the decision to look for a new one. Even though Xerxes was unaware that Esther was a Jew, she was chosen for her beauty and grace. As an orphan, Esther was being raised by her cousin Mordecai, who worked at the palace for Xerxes. Haman, one of the king’s advisers, disliked Mordecai and made the decision to persuade Xerxes to exterminate all of the Jews in the realm. Xerxes was persuaded by Haman that the Jews were troublemakers and should be put to death. Esther was concerned even though Mordecai advised her to convince the king otherwise. Nobody spoke to the king without being invited, not even the queen. She was persuaded by Mordecai that God had appointed her as queen for this same reason. Esther summoned all of her bravery and informed the king of Haman’s scheme. and the people of Esther were saved!
Strengths: Esther proved to be courageous and resilient in the face of serious peril. She put her faith in God and obeyed His direction for her life. She was a means by which God preserved Israel as a whole from annihilation.
“Beauty and charm are transient, but a female or woman who reveres the Lord is to be praised.” Psalm 31:30
When Rebekah married Isaac, she was infertile and unable to become pregnant until Isaac prayed for her. When Rebekah gave birth to twins, she preferred Jacob, the younger child, to Esau, the elder.
Rebekah helped persuade the dying Isaac to bless Jacob rather than Esau through a cunning ploy. She caused division, just like Sarah. Rebekah was a devoted mother and a faithful wife, yet her favoritism caused issues. Thankfully, God can take our errors and turn them into something positive.
Only after her father Laban tricked Jacob into first marrying Rachel’s sister Leah, did Rachel become Jacob’s wife. Rachel was more the more attractive woman, thus Jacob preferred her. The leaders of Israel’s twelve tribes were Rachel’s sons.
Israel was saved amid a famine thanks in large part to Joseph’s influence. Paul, the greatest missionary of all time, was a member of Benjamin’s tribe. The bond between Rachel and Jacob serves as an illustration of God’s enduring blessings for married couples.
Leah and Rachel
Leah married Jacob by using a dishonorable deception. For seven years, Jacob had been vying for a woman named Rachel, the younger sister of Leah. Leah was a stand-in for her father Laban on the wedding night. Somehow Jacob didn’t discern the female he was wedding wasn’t Rachel, the woman he wanted! Jacob continued to work with Rachel for a further seven years.
Leah struggled heartbreakingly throughout her life to win Jacob’s affection, but God gave her a unique favor. The tribe that gave birth to Jesus Christ, the world’s Savior, was governed by her son Judah. Leah serves as a metaphor for those who want to merit God’s love, which is given freely and without conditions.
Jochebed, the mother of Moses, changed history by submitting her most prized possession to God’s will. Baby Moses was placed in a watertight basket and let adrift on the Nile River by Jochebed when the Egyptians started slaughtering the male offspring of Hebrew slaves.
His discovery led to his adoption by the female daughter of Pharaoh. Jochebed was designated as the infant’s wet nurse by God. God picked Moses to lead his people to freedom even though he was born and raised in Egypt. Jochebed’s faith allowed Moses to grow up to be Israel’s greatest prophet and lawgiver.
Excerpt coming soon, but here’s what we know, it must of taken super human effort by Mary to handle the pressure of being the mom of whom every knee will bow in heaven and earth (including her own). Mary produced jesus christ our lord God and savior and head of the church. Men, women and children love Jesus!