Along with Esther, Ruth is the only other woman in the Bible to have her own book. Her story is short (only four chapters) and sweet. It is one of the most beautiful love stories in the history of love stories. Ruth’s life is a stark contrast to that of her sister-in-law’s life. Remember Orpah? While she decided to return to her hometown of Moab, Ruth decided to return to Bethlehem with her widowed mother-in-law, Naomi.
Rebekah’s story begins in Genesis 24 when she is chosen as a bride for Abraham’s son, Isaac. Theirs is one of the most well-known love stories in the Bible. It is an example of how all relationships should be – brought about and blessed by the hands of God. However, even though Rebekah was a beautiful woman, and Isaac loved her, their marriage was not without some problems. When they were in old age, and their two sons grown, Rebekah helped the youngest son, Jacob, deceive Isaac and stole his brother’s blessing. What can we learn from this considerate, Godly woman who was not without her flaws?
We all know the story of how God used Moses to free His people from slavery in Egypt and lead them to the Promised Land; but if it was not for the faith and courage of his brave mother, Jochebed, Moses would have been murdered by Pharaoh’s army when he was just a newborn. Along with being Moses’ mother, Jochebed was also the mother of his brother, Aaron, and their sister, Miriam. Even though her appearance in the Bible is short, her story can be found in Exodus chapter 2. Her name is first mentioned in Exodus 6:20 and again in Numbers 26:59.