There are a good number of great women in the bible. We all know Esther, Rahab, Sarah, Deborah, and Mary.
While these women are amazing and worthy of note, there are other great, yet unpopular women in the Bible. We have a lot to learn from these women and if you have not heard of them yet, you can have a bible study on them.
Lessons from the unpopular women in the Bible
1. Joanna- Luke 8:1-3
Some people probably think that Jesus had no money at all, that He walked around living from hand to mouth, not actually realising that He had a money box which was looked after by Judas Iscariot; John 13:29.
So if He had a whole money box, where did the money come from?
People like Joanna funded Jesus and His ministry.Fund the ministry of the kingdom expansion of Our Lord Jesus. Give to the course of missions, and to the reconciliation of all men. Click To Tweet
2. Shiphrah & Puah- Exodus 1:1-22
These women had a lot of nerve.
Before Pharaoh ordered for all male Hebrew babies to be thrown in the water, he called and gave these women; who were midwives, a direct order to kill the male Hebrew babies immediately after their birth.
Of course, they refused because they feared God. Verse 17.
They had seen the vicious hands of Pharaoh and yet refused to be bullied by him.
This teaches us that regardless of societal, political, or governmental policies, some things are just not worth our faith and duty towards the Kingdom of God.Regardless of societal, political, or governmental policies, some things are just not worth our faith and duty towards the Kingdom of God. Click To Tweet
In 2 Timothy 1:5 Paul says that Timothy’s mother was in the faith.
And then in 2 Timothy 3:15, Paul said that Timothy had known the scriptures since his childhood.
In other words, his mother passed down her faith and knowledge of the scriptures to her son; Timothy.
This is something we must all uphold.
Paul met Timothy already as a disciple, partly because he had learned so much, and grew to believe in the Lord Jesus, because of his believing mother. Acts 16:1
4. Lydia – Acts 16:14-15 &40
Lydia who had just received the word of the Lord, invited and begged Paul and those with him to go with her, to her house.
This is the expression of being hospitable, particularly to the saints in Christ. And also giving honour to one whom she recognized to be a spiritual authority.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. – Eph 6:10
5. Jehoshabeath – 2 Kings 22:10-12
This is a woman who refused to stand by in the midst of evil.
She took Joash, saving him from the massacre of Athaliah, who sought to, and killed every heir to the throne of Judah.
Here, we see utter boldness and courage at play.Do not stand and watch the occurrence of evil. Do your part. Actions would always be more effective than words. Click To Tweet
Action points from the unpopular women of the Bible;
- Fund the ministry of the kingdom expansion of Our Lord Jesus. Give to the course of missions, and to the reconciliation of all men.
- Always uphold God’s word over laws and policies of the nation.
- Train up your children in the ways of the Lord. Teach them the scriptures from tender ages.
- Be hospitable to the brethren.
- Do not stand and watch the occurrence of evil. Do your part. Actions would always be more effective than words.
Are there other unpopular women in the Bible who did great things? Please let us know in the comment section.
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Written by Kevwe Ndakara
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