Abigail: The Negotiator

Prepared for Disaster [Abigail] was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband, a Calebite, was surly and mean in his dealings. 1 Samuel 25:3 “Disaster is hanging over our master and his whole household.” The servant’s words were laced with fear. What could one woman do to prevent such a catastrophe? The Bible says Abigail “wasted no time” when …

Deborah: Judge and Warrior

No Super Powers Necessary Then Deborah said to Barak, “Go! This is the day the Lord has given Sisera into your hands. Has not the Lord gone ahead of you?” Judges 4:14 Some may have called her the Wonder Woman of Ephraim. Deborah was a leader of Israel who settled disputes (Judges 4:4). She was also a prophetess, which means …

Leah: Loved by God

God’s Favor Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise. Proverbs 31:30-31 When my sister-in-law named her child Leah, I remembered that the name meant “weak eyes.” I thought she should’ve named her after Leah’s sister, …

Hagar: A Desperate Woman

Precious in His Sight Then the angel of the Lord told [Hagar]: “Go back to your mistress and submit to her. … I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count” Genesis 16:9–10 Few Old Testament narratives convey God’s love for the desperate as poignantly as Hagar’s story. She was merely a slave, probably a …

Sarah: Ninety-year-old Mother

Never Too Old “But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.” Genesis 17:21 Sarai, the wife of Abram, was barren (Genesis 11:30). When God told Abram to go to a land he’d show him, Sarai accompanied him. Over the years, she dutifully submitted to her husband even when he …

Eve: The First Woman

A Perfect Ending Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Genesis 3:1 She had a husband who loved her as purely and completely as a man could. She communed with God …