Here is a glimpse into the lives of four godly women in the Bible.
Mary – Jesus’ Mother
Two of the reasons I admire Mary so much is because of her humility and submission. Her humility is obviously shown by her godly submission to what the Lord said to her through an angel. She yielded to the Lord in such a way that she accepted everything she was told, no matter how incredible it sounded. When the angel Gabriel told her, “you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:31-33), the only question she had was a reasonable one, asking, “How will this be, since I am a virgin” (Luke 1:34)? After the angel explained how this would happen (Luke 1:34-36), she had no more questions. She believed him completely. She simply said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). Oh, that I could say that when I know the Lord’s will, and His will is revealed in His Word. Mary is the perfect example of humility and submission, and this makes her one of the greatest heroines of the Bible, even though she’d probably blush at the mention of that. Of course she would…she is Mary…humble, obedient servant of the Lord. May we say, today, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).
Ruth- The Loyal Lady
Ruth is also a picture of humility and loyalty, but her life story is a lot like the church or the Bride of Christ being redeemed or purchased by Jesus Christ. Boaz is likened to a rescuer or redeemer, even a kinsman redeemer, just as Jesus is our Redeemer, and we are now His kinsman. When a severe famine hit the land where Elimelech and Noami lived, they were force to move to Moabite country, a pagan nation that worshipped Chemosh, the national deity of the Moabites, and whose name most likely meant “destroyer,” “subduer,” or “fish god.” Then, “Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years, and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband,” and then drought hits (Ruth 1:3-5). It couldn’t have been any worse. They were in a pagan nation, stricken by drought, and likely famine, and both of Naomi’s sons had died. Now they had no way to survive, so “Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me” (Ruth 1:8), so “they lifted up their voices and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to” Naomi (Ruth 1:14). Orpha left but “Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you” (Ruth 1:16-17). What humility and submission, but also loyalty. She didn’t want to leave Naomi because she cared what would happen to her. No wonder she ended up in the lineage of Jesus Christ.
Abigail – Seeker of Peace
The story of Abigail may be one of the most overlooked accounts of all godly women in the Bible. When King David and his men sought a favor from Nabal, they sent messengers to him, saying, “Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have” (1st Sam 25:6), but Nabal gave them a harsh answer, saying, “Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants these days who are breaking away from their masters. Shall I take my bread and my water and my meat that I have killed for my shearers and give it to men who come from I do not know where” (1st Sam 25:10-11)? When David heard Nabal’s response, he said, “Every man strap on his sword!” And every man of them strapped on his sword. David also strapped on his sword. And about four hundred men went up after David, while two hundred remained with the baggage” (1st Sam 25:13). Nabal and most of his workers were about to die…but one of the young men who had heard the message told Abigail (1st Sam 25:22), so Abigail, Nabal’s wife, “made haste and took two hundred loaves and two skins of wine and five sheep already prepared and five seahs of parched grain and a hundred clusters of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on donkeys” (1st Sam 25:18), and “When Abigail saw David, she hurried and got down from the donkey and fell before David on her face and bowed to the ground” (1st Sam 25:23), and said, “Please forgive the trespass of your servant. For the LORD will certainly make my lord a sure house, because my lord is fighting the battles of the LORD, and evil shall not be found in you so long as you live” (1st Sam 25:28). Then David said, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodguilt and from working salvation with my own hand” (1st Sam 25:32-34)! Abigail saved much bloodshed, including the life of her own ungrateful husband, but she wasn’t thinking of herself…she was thinking of others…and of the Lord (1st Sam 25:28).
My problem in writing this was to limit myself only to three godly women, and there are so many, so unfortunately, I had to leave some out, and I apologize if I left one of your heroines of the Bible out. The Proverbs 31 gives us a supreme example of a godly woman, but there is no woman that I know of who does all those things, but I’ve seen some come extremely close, like in my own beloved wife.
May God richly bless you
Pastor Jack Wellman
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