Women of the Word (Recap 12)

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When God created woman, He made a very special creation. He made us beautiful and unique. He made us strong and resilient, gutsy and spirited, sassy and sweet. And He loves us. God really, really loves His girls. And the Bible is filled with many women – some good, some bad – all of who God made, who God loved, and who we can learn many lessons from.

So far in our Women of the Word series, we have looked at over 120 different female figures in the Bible. They all have something to teach us. So, (drum roll, please). Here is our twelfth series recap:

View the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninthtenth, and eleventh series recaps.

Women of the Word: Lemuel’s Mother

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Most of the book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon; however, the last two chapters of the book have different authors. Agur wrote chapter thirty, and King Lemuel wrote chapter thirty-one. There are some who say that King Lemuel was actually Solomon, in which case his mother would be Bathsheba (Lemuel being a nick name that she gave him), but there is no clear evidence of this, so we are talking of King Lemuel as a totally new person. King Lemuel begins his chapter by giving credit to his mother for being the inspiration behind his wise sayings through the things she taught him. The first verse reads:

The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.

King Lemuel’s chapter is most known for its section on the “Proverbs 31 woman.” Perhaps King Lemuel knew what attributes a woman of noble character had and could describe them so well because he saw them exemplified in the life of his own queen-mother. Continue reading