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PHENOMENAL WOMEN IN THE BIBLE: EXAMPLES & HOW TO BE & FIND ONE

Updated: Aug 13, 2023



There were many phenomenal women that were in the bible, those that were powerful strong virtuous and believed in their people. In this instance the people are Israel, but this also extends to all believing nationalities…


It’s important that we remember the women who were faithful in the scriptures because sometimes they can be forgotten. As believers we know men and women are not equal physically (even though the world says otherwise) but spiritually they are.


We see express scriptures that prophesy about women ruling over the children of Israel because they have broken Commandments, this in itself let us know that it is not a woman’s place to rule over men in this world in Gods commandments.


Isaiah 3:11-13

11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
13 The Lord standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people.

That being said, women are definitely highly respected in the scriptures and are the responsibility of their men…


And not in a weak docile inability to take care of them-self way – but as the most High has ordered them to be. It doesn’t negate a woman’s ability to have brains and Intelligence or even strength…


But it is clearly evident and expressed in scriptures that women are the weaker vessel physically and spiritually as their desire is for the man…


1 Peter 3:7

7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

We will be looking at some of the most prominent women in the scriptures. This should inspire any woman and man reading to understand their place in the most High’s plan, particularly when serving him here in this world.


What Bible Says About How A Man Should Treat A Woman


When you read the scriptures you can see that there is a strong relationship between man and woman. The main purpose of that relationship should be a righteous union which then creates offspring that is taught to serve the Most High.


Although the purpose of the union is predominantly for righteous living and offspring it is also designed to help men and women to work together, and avoid fornication and sexual sins.


When Eve is created the most High says that she is to be Adams’ “help meet” (Genesis 2:18). which literally means that she is to aid man in the decisions that they make together, of course the man having the final say…


Which I know is not a popular teaching in today’s Society.


Ruth In The Bible


Now we have that out of the way let’s start with Ruth who has a book named after her. She was the great great great grandmother of David who was the son of Solomon.


An interesting fact about her is that she was not an Israelite but a Moabite.


The greatest thing you can take from her story is that she was extremely faithful to the cause of Israel and took up their faith and beliefs, leaving her own people behind, which is what the Most High requires of us today…


Luke 14:26

26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

This is the same sentiment that we find in the book of Matthew and Luke, it says that we are to hate our mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters in order to follow the Messiah.


Ruth’s ability to put the Most High first, she should be a specific pillar of hope for those that are not Israel.


Ruth showed what needed to be done in order to follow the covenants that the most High gave to Israel. This was rewarded, as we see her second marriage with an Israelite after her first Israelite husband died.


At the time Ruth was in her home land Moab because of a famine, so she did not have to go with her Mother in law Naomi, but she did, because she believed in the Most High and Israel.

She sets the precedent for what is required for a gentile (stranger) or a person from another nation to come into the house of Israel and keep the Commandments…


Esther (Hadassah) In The Bible


Another virtuous woman in the bible that has a book named after her is Esther, Hadassah in Hebrew. The history of Esther takes place during the Persian and Median Empire…


Esther is from the tribe of Benjamin and is a descendant of the captives taken when Nebuchadnezzar carried Israelites out of Jerusalem before the Persians and Medes began to rule (Esther 2:5-6)…


This is during the rule of Jeconiah who was a king of Judah prophesied in Daniel, all of which takes place because of Israel’s disobedients to God.


Esther was raised by Mordecai, her Benjamite uncle, due to the fact that her father and mother were both deceased.


Amidst all the pressure to just forget her people and integrate into the society of the Persians she still kept her faith. Esther gained the favour of the Persian King Ahasuerus and was instrumental in saving Israel at the time.


In this particular event a man by the name of Haman the Agagite had a plan to destroy the children of Israel.


The initial rift occurred between Haman and Mordecai because he refused to acknowledge Haman as his master, refusing to bow to him like others under his command did.


Esther 3:1-5

1 After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him.
2 And all the king’s servants, that were in the king’s gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.
3 Then the king’s servants, which were in the king’s gate, said unto Mordecai, Why transgressest thou the king’s commandment?
4 Now it came to pass, when they spake daily unto him, and he hearkened not unto them, that they told Haman, to see whether Mordecai’s matters would stand: for he had told them that he was a Jew.
5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath.

This happened after Haman had been promoted by the Persian king to a position above the other princes. From that point onwards Haman had a grudge against Mordecai…


So what he did was alert the King to the fact that Mordecai’s people Israel had laws and commandments which were contrary to the kings. Of course this angered the king who agreed to Hamans suggestion to have Israelites killed.


Of course if you know the laws of God the Commandments tell us that we should not bow to idols (Exodus 20).


Fortunately there was an incident where Mordecai heard about a plot to kill the king Esther 2:21-23), which he told Esther who in turn told the King.


Fortunately this good deed was highlighted later putting Mordecai in a favourable position later on (Esther 6:1-3, 6-11).


Esther played a vital role also as she gained the favour of the King who granted her a request. Which she told the king she would unveil at the banquet that she put together (Esther 5:2-8)…


When Esther eventually gets the King and Haman to her banquet she tells the king of Haman’s plan to destroy Israel (Esther 7:1-6).


This angers the king who then has Haman hanged as well as his ten sons at the request of Esther (Esther 9:14,25). All of this attempted genocide of Israel resulted in the institution of the celebration of Purim (Esther 9:26) which was the day that Israel were to be killed, if Haman’s plan was fulfilled.


This day became a day of celebration which takes place on the 12th month on the 14th and 15th days (Esther 9:20-21,26-27).


Mary In The Bible


As a believer it’s hard not to know who Mary is, even though there are two famous Mary’s. Of course the one we are talking about is the mother of the messiah, a noble woman in the bible.

Her Faithfulness started as a child which can be read in in external scriptures such as the Gospel of the birth Mary.


Mary’s mother gave birth to her in much the same way as Rachel and Sarah, gave birth to Joseph and Isaac, because she was also barren.


An angel told Mary’s father and mother that they would give birth to Mary and that she would give birth to the Messiah still being a virgin.


This book gives details of Mary and her faithfulness, her being set aside as a virgin and being filled with the Holy Spirit when she was very young.


After her marriage to Joseph she was also told by an angel of the most High that she would become pregnant by the Holy Spirit (The Birth Of Mary 2:10,12).


We are told that Mary was of exemplary character, even being taught by Angels.


Miriam The Prophetess


When you think about Miriam the first thing you may think of is her being cursed by the most High. An incident which involved her being turned from black to leprous white.


This took place because she questioned Moses the prophet who was the most High’s spokesperson for Israel.


But when you read the scriptures you also see that Miriam was a well-respected prophetess. The fact that Miriam was one of the leaders of Israel with her brother Aaron shows that she was well respected.


Miriam was also the sister of Moses because Moses was the brother of Aaron.


Proverbs 31 Woman Explained


Many people reference the Proverbs 31 woman but they don’t really understand or know what it means. So let’s look at what the scripture says about the Proverbs 31 woman.


I will be laying out the characteristics of this woman so that you can see what’s expected of you as a woman and what is expected when you choose a woman if you’re a man:


Proverbs 31:10-28

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

When you read this you will see that the characteristics of a woman are not just limited to cooking and cleaning as many seem to suggest the Bible supporting.


First off, keeping the commandments is the first thing to do. They can be found in the Five books of Moses. Start with Exodus 20 and Leviticus 11.


You should also see what the Messiah fulfilled here.


Now let’s look at Proverbs 31.


Here are the characteristics of the Proverbs 31 women to aspire to:

  1. Trustworthy and supportive Which would prevent a man from cheating.

  2. Always doing good to her man and not evil

  3. A woman that is good at working with her hands manually especially the ability to sew

  4. She’s able to wake early and feed her man and others.

  5. The ability to work which can also relate to making sound investments for example buying properties and building for the future.

  6. A caring heart that wants to to provide for the Poor.

  7. An ability to make and sell clothes.

  8. Because of her good conduct her husband is known by others.

  9. When she speaks wisdom comes from her mouth (wisdom is found in keeping the commandments).

  10. Her husband and children know they are blessed to have her.

As you can see their are a number of skills and characteristics that a women should aspire to have.


It’s not just about being pretty and believing the hype of the world which has an agenda to put women and children above men (Isaiah 3:12) and to disable the family unit the Most High created.


Deborah The Prophetess


Another virtuous woman in the bible Was Deborah. She was a prophetess during the time of the judges.


Judges 4:4

4 And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.

This is during the time of different judges who were Israelite’s restoring Israel back to keeping the commandments each time they sinned. A period of sporadic ruler-ships after Israel received the promised land of Canaan.

Deborah was a prophetess who was instrumental in fighting against the Canaanites to restore order back to Israel.


She was able to take down one of the Canaanite generals with the help of the Israelite tribes Naphtali and Zebulun (Judges 4:8). At that time she was the one that Israel looked to as their leader. This dispels any accusation against that bible that women cannot rule.


The scriptures only forbid a woman to rule if she is competing for a man’s role. This sentiment is express in the letters of Paul.


1 Timothy 2:12

12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

It was eventually one of Moses’ father-in-law’s children’s wife who who killed Sisera the main General of the canaanites (Judges 4:21).


Conclusion


Above you can see some of the Phenomenal women in the Bible that should be remembered and respected. Unfortunately the world has put a negative stigma on what the Bible says about women.


As you can see above they are respected and seen as highly valued. The scriptures does not deal with false hopes and claim that both men and women are equal on a physical plane, but spiritually they can be if they’re obedient until the end knowing their place, which is not above the man…


Above we see women who reached the highest points of spirituality against all odds and showed great attitudes and examples of faith, even when they didn’t have to.

Both gentiles like Ruth and Hebrews like Esther and Mary alike. These are all godly women in the bible.


There’s no mention of a woman having to stay at home and be a housewife as is commonly suggested when the Bible is mentioned. A man is commanded to respect his wife and a wife is commanded to do the same, without trying to usurp his position.Unfortunately the world teaches that men and women are equal, when they quite clearly are not.


The equality of a man and woman is spiritual and only when they enter the kingdom of heaven. It does not related to material possessions or status, which is what is what is taught secularly…


Shalom! and share this with someone that needs it…


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