Persistent Women of the Bible …
Throughout history, both in the life of the church, and in the life of community writ large, women have been marginalized and considered secondary in importance to men. Yet, treating women this way is not in line with the Biblical teaching, which offers story after story of women who stood up on behalf of God, were leaders for the people of God, and who exemplified faithful models for discipleship. We are calling these women Persistent Women of the Bible.
As we read about their stories, we find that their persistence is not a negative attribute. Miriam Webster defines persistence as “standing firm in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.” Though designated by their surroundings as being of marginal significance – these are women in a society where only men were thought to have any substantial worth – the persistence of these women should only be seen as their faithful willingness to go against the powers of society to speak on behalf of God, and to stand up for the eternal will of God.
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September 9, 2018
Miriam was Moses older sister. When he was left in the basket and placed in the water amidst the reeds, Miriam stood by to see what would become of her brother. When the Pharaoh’s daughter came by and found Moses, Miriam ran up to her, inquiring if she should find a Hebrew woman to nurse the child. Her persistence made the liberation of her people possible.
Mahlah, Noah, Milcah, Hoglah, and Tirzah
September 16, 2018
Sometimes our persistence is not long and drawn out, but it stands against age old traditions. These women did not only go to Moses, but they went before everyone in the community to stand up for the justice of hereditary possession and inheritance. In response, God went against centuries of patriarchal tradition to stand on the side of justice.
September 23, 2018
Esther’s persistence was about more than her own safety, she was standing up for her entire community. At the risk of her own life, and her prestige as the queen, she risked it all to take down a man who had secretly tried to have her people killed.
September 30, 2018
Achsah was not satisfied with her first inheritance of land. Going against the normal path of conversation, she asked for more directly of her father. Her persistence shows that if in faithfulness we ask, we shall receive.
October 7, 2018
Ruth had everything going against her. Husband was dead, she was in a foreign land, she was an outsider in the community. Her mother was telling her to go back to her homeland. She insisted on staying with her new family. She would not take no for an answer. Her persistence shows the importance of faithful community.
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