When we talk about women of the Bible, the same names often crop up. Eve. Ruth. Esther, Mary and Martha, Mary Magdalene, and Mary mother of Jesus. But those familiar stories only comprise a few pages of Scripture. Are there other women–named or unnamed–who Scripture records as playing a role in God’s great story of salvation?
We camp out on the familiar stories, but the Bible names more people than you might first think. Take a minute and read through the lists of the town allotments in Joshua or the genealogies in Chronicles. I know–those are the parts that we like to skip. Names and begats–boring, right? While those names served a practical purpose for the original readers, there’s a lesson there for us too: our stories matter. The names of all those people and towns are recorded because they were part of the nation of Israel, part of God’s covenant community. We may no longer know who Heman the musician was or why Pedadiah son of Parosh wanted to help rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, or how exactly Apelles’ faith in Christ stood the test. But they lived, and their lives mattered.
Your story matters, too. Take the “just” out of your self-description. “Just” a stay-at-home mom. Just a teacher. Just a worship leader. Just a volunteer. Just an amateur. I know there’s always someone who seems to be on that next rung up from you, but other people’s accomplishments don’t diminish the power of your story. God knows your name. He chose you for his own, created you for this time and place, and destined you to be always for his glory. You are a part of God’s great story, and nothing could matter more.
So over the next few weeks we’re going to look at the stories of biblical women whose names you may not know as well. But they lived and loved and served, and they have left a legacy of faith we can learn from.
Zelophehad’s daughters, who claimed their inheritance (Numbers 27:1-11; 36:1-12).
Phoebe, who was a faithful servant of the Lord and the bearer of the book of Romans (Romans 16:1-2).
Shallum’s daughters, who helped rebuild the wall of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 3:12).
Abigail, Rahab, Deborah, and others–they all have something to teach us as we gather round to listen.
I’m excited about this series. We have some wonderful guest posts lined up, and I can’t wait to share them with you all. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a post–you won’t want to miss out on this one.
Q: Who is your favorite woman from the Bible? What have you learned from her story?
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