Women of the Word (Recap 14)

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 140 different female figures in the Bible. They all have something to teach us. So, (drum roll, please). Here is our fourteenth series recap:

View the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninthtentheleventhtwelfth, and thirteenth series recaps.

Women of the Word: Shelomith

The book of Leviticus in the Bible is often referred to as the Book of the Law because it contains numerous guidelines and rules for how God wanted His people, the Israelites, to live and handle various matters. One such matter was what should be done to someone who blasphemed the name of the Lord. Leviticus 24:10-12 reads:

Now the son of an Israelite mother and an Egyptian father went out among the Israelites, and a fight broke out in the camp between him and an Israelite. The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the Name with a curse; so they brought him to Moses. (His mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri the Danite.) They put him in custody until the will of the Lord should be made clear to them.

So what was the will of the Lord regarding Shelomith’s son? The passage goes on to tell us that he was taken outside of the camp and stoned by the entire assembly. This was to happen to anyone who cursed God or blasphemed His name. Even though she is mentioned in this passage, Shelomith is silent about her son’s behavior and she is silent about the punishment that took her son’s life as a result of his behavior. What can we learn from her reaction to this unfortunate situation? Continue reading