The Most Important Women of the Bible
In the male-dominant world that was depicted in the Bible, women were often seen as a means to an end. Very few were mentioned, and those who were either did something remarkable or were very bad. The rest of the characters are all men who experienced life in all its hardships - yet not enough is mentioned about the struggles women endured, etc. Even bloodlines were established through the paternal lineages.
Yet, it is amazing how even in that issue, Jesus was able to break barriers. Women like Rahab, Esther, and Ruth were all part of his bloodline, and were mentioned as such. What an honor it was for their stories to be included in the Bible! Of course there was also Eve, the mother of all mankind, and the Lord's mother Mary herself. Then you have other people Jesus knew, such as Jesus' aunt Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, Mary and Martha, sisters of Jesus' good friend Lazarus, as well as Mary Magdalene. Who knows also what it would have been like for Peter's mother-in-law, who after being healed by the Physician, was then filled with stories of what Jesus was like and the truth of who He was?
And if you thought that all women did in biblical days was have babies and cook for their husbands, that was not always the case. Courageous women like Deborah, who was a judge, was in part a leader of her people, while Jochebed, Moses' mother, defied Pharoah's laws and kept her son alive no matter the cost to her own life. In the book of Proverbs, it speaks of the characteristics of a wife, that goes well beyond just keeping the house in order. Such a woman is hard-working, smart and clear-minded for decision-making, and is a fast learner who saves time and money in all that she does.
The women (and men) of the Bible have much to teach us about living; all are faced with challenges, gloomy thoughts, and weaknesses, but also the ability to walk with God. Without the telling of the mistakes and misshaps, as well as the acts of bravery and morality, we would never fully know how precious the gift of Jesus' death really is to us. The beauty of the Bible is that we are drawn closer to Christ in every recount, no matter whose story we read. No other book can ever compare.
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