Women of the Word: Drusilla

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The Bible mentions Drusilla only once in Acts 24:24. History, however, has much more to say about her, and it is from there that we gather most of our information about this beautiful Jewish woman. Drusilla’s name means “watered by the dew.” The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia gives us the below background information on her from the historian Josephus:

Drusilla was the youngest of the three daughters of Agrippa I, her sisters being Bernice and Mariamne. She was born about 36 A.D. and was married when 14 years old to Azizus, king of Emeza. Shortly afterward she was induced to desert her husband by Felix, who employed a Cyprian sorcerer, Simon by name, to carry out his purpose. She was also influenced to take this step by the cruelty of Azizus and the hatred of Bernice who was jealous of her beauty. Her marriage with Felix took place about 54 A.D. and by him she had one son, Agrippa.

Drusilla’s second husband, Felix, was not Jewish, but he knew a lot about the Way. They both wanted to hear more from Paul about faith in Jesus the Christ. Acts 24:24 says:

Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus.

After listening to Paul, did Drusilla and Felix come to faith in Christ? The Bible bears no record that they did. It is both likely and unfortunate that they rejected the message of salvation and died in their sins. Continue reading

Women of the Word: Bernice

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Bernice is mentioned in the book of Acts in these places – Acts 25:13, 23; 26:30. She was the oldest daughter of Herod Agrippa I, and despite her royal heritage, she was not a very chaste woman. After her first husband died, Bernice married her uncle Herod. After he died, she was romantically involved with King Agrippa, who was also her brother. It is when she is with Agrippa that she hears Paul passionately tell his testimony of how God changed his life. When Agrippa listened to Paul, he said, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” But from Bernice, we get no such exclamation. Continue reading

Women of the Word: Junia

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In Romans 16:7, the apostle Paul recognizes Junia as a “fellow prisoner.” Along with a person called Andronicus, he writes that they were “of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.” It sounds like Junia was a pretty popular apostle. She was faithfully serving God even before Paul was converted. And even though she is only mentioned once, the context in which she is mentioned says a lot about her.

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Women of the Word: Rhoda

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Rhoda is only briefly mentioned once in the Bible. Her story is told in Acts 12:12-17. Rhoda was a servant girl in the house of Mary, who was the mother of John Mark.

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We Are All Untouchables

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In India, people are divided into societal classes known as the caste system.

The highest group, Bhramin, consists of priests and teachers. The second highest group, Kshatryia, contains warriors and kings. The third group is Vaishya, which is made up of merchants, landowners, and business people. The fourth group, Sudra, contains common people, peasants, and servants. The fifth and last group, the Dalit, are made up of the untouchables.

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Women of the Word: Euodia and Syntyche

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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?

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Women of the Word: Certain Women

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Throughout the life of Jesus the Christ, there were certain women who followed Him and supported His work. Even during His crucifixion they remained at the foot of His cross. In His burial and death, they still cared for Him. And even after His resurrection and ascension into Heaven, these certain women remained faithful to Jesus. Acts 1:14 tells us of the devotion of these certain women and here are two things we can learn from their examples.

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Women of the Word: Anna

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In the days that Jesus was born in Israel, prophets were rare and prophetesses were even rarer. But that is exactly what Anna was. She is mentioned in Luke 2:36-38 as the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. Anna was an old lady. She had been married for seven years but after her husband died, she remained a widow for eighty-four years. Because of her faithful dedication to God, she was blessed to see His only begotten Son in human form – Jesus the Christ. Here are three things we can learn from the prophetess Anna.

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