Women of the Bible 4: Who am I?

Can you guess this biblical woman?

Who am I?

I used to swish, mince, and dance as I walked. I was beautiful.

But God took away my:

  • tinkling ankle bracelets
  • round ornaments
  • chain necklaces and bracelets
  • head ornaments, earrings
  • nose jewels
  • beautiful apparel
  • veils
  • mirrors
  • hooded capes

I was ruined.

Instead of sweet perfumes, I no longer smelled good.

Instead of a beautiful sash, I wore a torn one.

Even my gorgeous, stylish hair fell out.

There was burning instead of beauty.

I ended up sitting on the ground instead of flaunting myself.

I am an allegory, but I represent reality.

Who am I? What happened to me? Why?

Women of the Bible 3: Who are we?

My grandfather was Hepher, the son of Gilead, of the family of Manasseh. My father had no sons, but I have plenty of sisters. I think my parents must have been hard up for girls’ names, since all of us got –ah at the end. I am Noah. Can you believe it? Just like the guy who built the ark and saved his family and the animals. My sisters’ names are even worse. But I’m being foolish.

My father was faithful to God, but Jehovah only gave him daughters.

When our father passed away, my sisters and I were single women. We had no brother to take care of us. Our father’s wealth would pass to no one if we couldn’t inherit. So, all five of us got our heads together and came upon a plan. It was bold, but we figured it never hurt to ask. The result would determine if we’d be destitute and the community would need to help us, or we would be able to inherit, just as if we were sons.

We presented ourselves to the leader, the priest, princes, and the congregation by the door of the tabernacle. My eldest sister spoke, “Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the company of them that gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah; but died in his own sin, and had no sons. Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he hath no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father.”

The leader turned his back on us and walked away. We later found out he’d taken our cause before the Lord.

After a half hour, he returned and told everyone that God had spoken to him, saying, “The daughters … speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father’s brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them. And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter.”

This ruling became a precedent. God said women could inherit if there were no brothers.

God said something else to our leader: we could only marry within our tribe. If we did not, we wouldn’t keep our inheritance. All of us ended up marrying our father’s brothers’ sons. Thus, we kept our wealth in the tribe of Manasseh.

Through my sisters and me, God showed the generations to come that He is fair and loving, and that He takes care of women left fatherless.

I am thankful for an older sister who was brave enough to speak up; for our leader, who went to God with our petition; and most of all, to God, for pleading our case—and providing for the rights of many young women which would follow.

Praise Jehovah, for He is good.

Who are we? You already know my name. Who are my sisters? And, who was our father?

Women of the Bible 2: Who am I?

This is the second instalment of our women of the Bible “Who am I?” series. Guess the biblical woman and decide what we can learn from her.

I met my husband the day before we were married. Our marriage was arranged by our fathers. Mine is rich and wanted me to marry well, so he paid a bountiful dowry, much more than what was asked. At fourteen, I became X’s wife. Everyone said I was beautiful. Our lavish wedding was the event of the decade in Shushan. My husband was proud of me. He invited me to take his arm and parade at his side many social occasions.

I behaved with dignity. Within, I was delighted for landing such a catch as X. Even though my marriage was arranged, I gave myself credit for my beauty and took great pains to ensure that I always looked my best. I held my head high and enjoyed my status far above all other women.

But things didn’t always go well. I became acquainted with the vice of drink and the effect it had on my husband. When he drank too much wine, he became a different person. He had the tendency to forget his manners and become crude and loud. To be honest, it was embarrassing. I didn’t like him like that. It was ugly to watch.

I began to boycott certain events. I’d attend when my husband asked, of course, but when I knew the occasion called for much drinking and revelry, I only went if he specifically invited me. When I had to go, I tried to mask the disgust I felt. I smiled and charmed and lifted my chin.

Later, I went back to my bedchamber and cried. Only my closest maidens knew.

One evening, I didn’t go to the royal men’s feast, feigning a headache. All of a sudden, the door opened, and my servant girl Davke raced in, her face white with excitement.

“He wants you to appear. He wants you to show yourself to his guests. He demands it. Now.”

“I told him I don’t feel well.”

“You must go. He wants you to.”

“But Davke, I cannot do that. My body is not for public viewing.”

“He says to come. Hurry. You could wear something see-through. That would work. Here, how about this dress of fine linen?” She holds up a gauze creation as transparent as water.

I turn my face to the wall. “I can’t, Davke. I will not.”

“Please do it. We love you. Do you not understand? You could be killed for displeasing him.”

“No.”

“Please. You know how he gets.”

“That’s precisely why I cannot. No.”

“Please.”

“Go Davke. Tell him I refuse.”

“Yes, Mistress.” She went away, sobbing into her arm, covering her face as she ran.

I never saw her again.

Neither did I ever see my husband again.

Who am I?

What can we learn from this woman of the Bible’s story? Do you admire her? Why or why not?Please feel free to share your thoughts.

Who Am I?

I’m starting a new series for “Walking in the Way.” We’ll present different women from the Bible. See if you can guess who they are. Also, beyond figuring out who they are, let’s learn valuable spiritual applications from them. Are you ready? Here’s the first one:

She looks up from weeding outside their dwelling, surprised to hear his voice at this hour in the morning. “What did you say, Sweetheart?”

“Mumble mumble building mumble.”

“I didn’t quite hear you. Did you say something about a building?”

Her husband comes nearer and explains.

“Let me make sure I got this straight. You’re going to build something according to God’s plan.”

“Right.”

“It is going to be huge.”

“Yes.”

“God has already given you precise instructions.”

“Yes, you got it.”

“And, while you build, you have a message for anyone curious about your project.”

“Exactly.”

“Okay, when do you start?”

“Today.”

“That’s great, Honey, but you do realize you’re getting up in age.”

“I’m keeping fit.” He makes a muscle, and she laughs and nods. He does look good.

“You’ll be fitter with this project.” She momentarily turns her head, smiles to herself, and pivots back to face him.” Are you hungry? Lunch salad’s ready, and there are berries for dessert. The kids are already inside.”

Fifty years later, her husband continues to pound pegs, measure, and design stalls, cages, and storage areas. The magnificent structure can be seen from far away, and her husband continues to preach. “God will judge the earth. Repent!” All the while, he prays for revival and keeps on working.

Their three boys grow up, marry, and their wives chime in to help in the work. More than mere moral support, the four women cook, sweep shavings, carry water, and encourage their men. They also share God’s message with their friends, “Judgment is coming. Repent. Come with us. God has provided salvation.”

But no one listens.

Some even mock and laugh.

The old man walks with God. He does everything God commands him to do.

And God says to him, But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee (Genesis 6:18).

One cloudy day, the family enters, along with a menagerie of peaceful animals—some of every kind on the earth. When everyone gets aboard, a hand from heaven seals the door. Almost immediately, the skies and the fountains inside the earth open. The woman looks up at her six-hundred-year-old, still-beautiful man and smiles. She turns into his strong arms and swipes at the tears that begin to flow.

A few hours later, water is already sloshing against the bottom of their brand new dwelling as the sounds of beating the door and screaming assault her ears.

The flood has begun … and all their friends are lost.

Many years later, New Testament writers would mention this man and his family.

  • In Hebrews 11:7, he’s named as a hero of the faith—By faith … being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
  • 1 Peter 3:20Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of (this man), while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
  • 2 Peter 2:5And spared not the old world, but saved … the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.

I’m sure you’ve guessed by now. Who is this Bible woman? What can we learn from her?