Eve is the first woman, introduced in the Bible as ‘the mother of all living’. Her name means ‘life’ or ‘life-giving’, or ‘mother of all who have life,’ and even to this present day, her life is in us. She plays an extremely important part in God’s story, His creation purpose, and the history of the entire world. She is the cause of life for all of humankind and the cause of death for all of humanity as well. Eve was a woman with many accomplishments who made one very grave mistake that changed the course of history forever.
Donald Davidson said: “In view of the awful judgment pronounced upon them, the man might have been pardoned if he had reproached her as ‘death,’ for it was her sin that brought death into our world and all our woe. But Adam gives her a name which is expressive of the prophetic life bound up in her. For through the seed of the woman, sin would one day be vanquished, and death would be swallowed up in victory.” What can we learn from our first mother, Eve? There are six things. Below are the first two.
Euodia and Syntyche are mentioned once in the New Testament in Philippians 4:2 which reads: “I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.” After coming to know Christ, these two women worked alongside the apostle Paul in the work of the Gospel; however, from the verse above, it is clear that they failed to see eye to eye on either one issue or several issues. Their disagreement made doing the work of the Gospel difficult so Paul had to instruct them to lay aside their differences and be of one mind. What can we learn from this episode between Euodia and Syntyche?
In 2 Timothy 1, the apostle Paul addresses a young follower of Christ named Timothy. Paul tells Timothy that he is praying for him night and day and remembers the genuine faith that is in him. Genuine is another word for honest, pure, or sincere. But where did Timothy get his genuine faith from? Verse 5 says it dwelt first in his grandmother, Lois, and then his mother, Eunice. This genuine faith that Eunice and Lois had is something that we also should gain.
Elizabeth was the wife of Zachariah and a cousin of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Her and her husband were both righteous people and for years they asked God to bless them with a child. They had to wait a long time but because of their faith and patience, God answered their prayers, and gave them a son. And he was no ordinary son; he was John the Baptist – the forerunner of Jesus the Christ. Here are four things we can take from the Godly life of Elizabeth whose story is found throughout Luke 1.
Delilah is one of the better known women of the Bible because she plays a key part in the popular story of Samson. We read about her in Judges 16:4-9 and Judges 16:10-20. The Word tells us that Samson ‘loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah’; but it never tells us that Delilah loved Samson back. Something bad is always bound to come of a relationship where one person truly loves the other person who is only pretending to love them in return.
Deborah’s story is found in Judges 4:1-22 and followed by her song of victory in Judges 5. She was a judge, prophetess, wife, and probably a mom, too. She was the driving force behind Israel winning one of their toughest battles against Jabin, Sisera, and the powerful Canaanite army. Here are five things we can learn from the life of Deborah.