Huldah is mentioned in 2 Kings 22:13-20 and 2 Chronicles 34. She was the wife of Shallum and is one of the few women, along with Miriam, Deborah, Noadiah, Isaiah’s wife, Anna, and the daughters of Phillip, who are mentioned in the Bible as one of God’s prophetesses. She was respected so much that when the high priest Hilkiah found the lost “Book of the Law” in the Temple, King Josiah sent him to Huldah to find out all he could about the book. They knew Huldah would have a word for them because:
Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah
Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah are the five sisters mentioned in Numbers 26:33, Numbers 27:1-11, and again in Numbers 36:1-12. These five sisters were the daughters of a man named Zelophehad. According to the Reformation Study Bible, Zelophehad had died without leaving a male heir, and his daughters petitioned Moses and other leaders to allow them to inherit their father’s portion in the land, and not to let his name be cut off. Because these sisters fought for their rights, they were given exactly what they asked for – their father’s portion in the land. Just as Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah fought for their rights; history is filled with hundreds of different women who fought for, declared their rights, and won. We can learn from all of them to do the same.
Among all the wicked women of the Bible, Herodias looms as one of the most cruel. She was the New Testament’s version of Jezebel. Even though both of their husbands, Herod and Ahab, were weak and wicked; Herodias and Jezebel were still the more devilish and their evil ways caused their downfall and the downfall of their men. Herodias is mentioned in the Bible in three different places (Matthew 14:3-12, Mark 6:14-24, Luke 3:19-20) for one wicked act – the beheading of John the Baptist. What can we learn from this heartless queen to avoid becoming Herodias-like in our behavior?
In 1 Samuel chapters 1-2, we read the story of Hannah who was married to a man name Elkanah who loved her very much even though she could not have any children for him. Elkanah also had another wife name Peninnah who did have children. Peninnah loved to make fun of Hannah because of her childlessness and probably flaunted her kids in her face to make her miserable. Instead of being envious or growing bitter, below are three things that Hannah did which pleased the Lord and caused Him to bless her greatly.
The wives of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth
Noah and the Ark is one of the most popular Bible stories. Noah lived at a time when wickedness reigned on the earth and all that every man saw, thought, heard, and did was evil. Their evilness broke the heart of God and made Him sorry that He had even created man so He determined to destroy them. He decided to send a flood that would kill everything and everyone on earth that contained the breath of life. Everyone except Noah. Noah was the only one righteous and because of his righteousness, he found grace in the eyes of the Lord. God told Noah to build an Ark to save himself and two of every kind of animal; and because Noah’s wife, three sons, and their three wives followed the righteousness of Noah, they would be saved too. Here is what we can learn from the four women who survived the Flood to become the second mothers of the human race.
In Genesis 16 and Genesis 21:8-21, we come across the story of Hagar. Hagar was the slave girl of Sarai (later Sarah), who was the wife of Abram (later Abraham). God had promised Abraham and Sarah that they would have a child and He would make of them a great nation. But they were very, very old and not quite sure they could bear a baby. Abraham and Sarah believed God but their faith sometimes wavered and doubt often clouded their hope. After a long time of waiting, their promised child had still not arrived and Sarah decided to take matters into her own hands. She told her husband to take Hagar and have a baby by her. As soon as Hagar became pregnant with her son called Ishmael, Sarah began to treat her badly and Hagar fled from her mistress’ abuse. Alone in the wilderness, Hagar met the Angel of the Lord who encouraged her and gave her strength. Here is what we can learn from Hagar’s story.
5. Eve was the perfect companion and helper. Adam was incomplete until Eve came along. Man today is incomplete without woman. This does not mean that every single man wants to or needs to get married but the world is 110% better off because God saw it fit to create women.
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3. Eve did not resist temptation. Satan came to Eve disguised as a serpent. He tempted her by shifting her focus from the goodness of God, casting doubt on God’s words, and making her desire the fruit that God had clearly told her and Adam not to touch. Ultimately, it was Eve’s lack of trust in God that caused her to yield to temptation and then entice her husband to do the same.
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.