I have been reading stories in the Bible for a while now, and specifically stories of the marvelous women within. We always hear about men and a lot of the New Testament stories (because that it the new way and covenant), but we rarely hear about the women. So as I reflected today on stories of Ruth, The Woman of Samaria, Eve, Esther, Bathseeba, The Widow With Two Mites, Gomer, Hannah The Woman of Zarephath, etc… attempting to pick out my favorite woman of the Bible, I thought it would be a good, and fun, idea to ask you all.
So who — besides Jesus — has most captured your imagination through the years, or in the last few days? In other words, who’s your favorite male Bible character, and who is your favorite female Bible character (old or new testaments)? And, if you have time, why?
So I’ll start with my favorite Female of the Bible;
I would say that my favorite female of the Bible is Deborah. Occasionally, a strong-minded and unique woman breaks through into history and by her noble deeds leaves an impact of her personality upon the world, securing for herself an perpetual honor. England, as example, will never forget the bold and risky deeds of Margaret of Anjou, who at the lead of her northern forces swept over the country like a hurricane, destroying armies and taking down thrones. In France, Joan of Arc, the patron saint of her country, professed to have heavenly visions as to her destiny to restore the peace to her nation by the crowning of Charles. She led 10,000 troops against the English at Orleans, and compelled her enemies to retreat, and of how other victories followed while her ordained banner struck terror into the hearts of her enemies. She ultimately was burned at the the stake as “a martyr to her religion, her country and her king.” Her ashes were poured into a rive, carried out to sea, and the sea took them around the world – becoming a symbol of her universal fame.
Similarly gifted with superior spiritual, mental, and physical endowment to leave touch on time was Deborah – whom God raised up and bestowed upon an extraordinary personality and assorted gifts for the deliverance of His distressed and defeated people. A woman of unusual feats, Deborah carved out a desired vocation for herself. With characteristic determination she held and kept several positions. Deborah was a wife, a prophet, an agitator (meaning she would stir up and excite people for debate to make change), a ruler (the fifth of the leaders or ‘Judges’), a warrior, a poet, and a maternal ‘mother‘ figure. She is a spectacular and wondrous woman, raised up by God, and became a grandiose historic leader of her time. Deborah is immortal because she served God to the limit of her ability and capacity. She was indeed the female Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King Jr. of ancient Israel who went out to fight the Lord’s battles with a psalm on her lips and a sword in her hand.
52 Women of the Bible Devotional (calendar is on the right hand side – is posted on Mondays)
Now for my Favorite Male of the Bible;
This for me is a no brainer… since it can’t be Jesus, I will have to call in Micah, a man of powerful and great conviction. Comparing Micah to the great prophet Isaiah – Micah was no politician. He did not condemn the tendency of looking to Egypt or to Assyria for help. He adjudicates the debauchery of the nation, and threatens the vengeance of God. Isaiah prophesied to royalty, whereas Micah ministered to the common people, the sort who heard Jesus gladly. Isaiah was a courtier, whereas Micah, a rustic – probably from an obscure town some twenty-five miles away from Jerusalem. Micah was a man of strong and powerful convictions with an equivalent amount of courage, and as a true preacher, he uncovered sin and pointed (prophesied) to the coming Christ. As a prophet he went against the grain compared to others of his time, and uttered truths in which people did not want to accept or hear. For this Micah was ergo stoned to death—the usual end of a faithful prophet. His cry, in essence was;
(1) Back to the Messianic hope for the coming, and promise, of the Messiah through the linage of David. “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” (2) Brush aside all former rituals under the old covenant, and back to a salvation promised by God – that has a heart and need for relationship and other “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (3) The only hope for peace is the reign of the Messiah “and many nations shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.”” / “And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth.And he shall be their peace.”
The book Micah wrote is one dealing with sin and corruption, the groanings and painful sufferings of the people over the unwise ruling of men in authority, and the insistence on returning to God, with in no uncertain tones.
Men of the Bible Devotional (calendar is on the right hand side – is posted everyday Monday to Friday)
So who are your favorites?