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: Daughters of Priests

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The book of Leviticus is full of instructions to and about the Levites of the tribe of Levi. Moses, Aaron, and Miriam were all of the tribe of Levi. Aaron was the first high priest, and all of his descendants were appointed as the priestly class among the Israelites. The priests were expected to display Godly behavior and be faithful in carrying out sanctuary rituals that included making sin and guilt offerings and sacrificing animals on behalf of the people. The families of the priests were also expected to keep themselves pure and clean. If they did not, they could be punished by death. Leviticus 21:9 says:

If a priest’s daughter defiles herself by becoming a prostitute, she disgraces her father; she must be burned in the fire.

We aren’t told specifically that any priest’s daughter disgraced her father by becoming a prostitute. The threat of being burned by fire probably kept such a thing from happening. Though we know none of them by name, the daughters of priests are distant examples for all who claim to believe in Christ because: Continue reading

Women of the Word: Servant Girls Who Questioned Peter

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All four Gospels (Matthew 26:69-71; Mark 14:66-69; Luke 22:56-59; John 18:16-17) record the episode of a couple of servant girls questioning and making statements about Peter before his denial of Jesus the Christ. Besides the fact that they were servants, we don’t know anything else about them, and they aren’t mentioned any more in Scripture. Continue reading

Women of the Word: Candace, Queen of the Ethiopians

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A passage in the book of Acts tells the story of how Philip the evangelist had the opportunity to witness to an Ethiopian eunuch and lead him to faith in Jesus the Christ. This eunuch was under the authority of the queen of the Ethiopians. Tradition has it that when the eunuch returned from Jerusalem, he witnessed to his queen, and she too came to believe in Jesus. As the ruler of a country, no doubt her Christian faith impacted hundreds of people for years to come. Continue reading

Rapunzel

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Faith of Our Fairy Tales #9 (Original story)

Story Scripture: …Mercy triumphs over judgment. – James 2:13

Story Saying: I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. – Abraham Lincoln

Behind the Story: Rapunzel is a fairy tale favorite. It became even more of a favorite of mine after Disney released their 2010 twist on the story with Tangled. The original Rapunzel fairy tale and Tangled are different in more ways than one, but both are delightful nonetheless. When a man ventures into a forbidden garden to pick some rampion out of love for his wife who is expecting their first, much-longed-for child, he is caught by the enchantress who owns the garden. Continue reading