Women of the Old Testament
The Old Testament records events in the lives of a number of women to tell the story of God and people. Some women are viewed in a positive light, others in a negative light. Some are treated in a negative way, others are honored. In reading all the stories of women or men in the Old Testament, it is important to remember that because a woman or man is treated in a certain way, the treatment may not necessarily be condoned. That being said, here is some information about just a few of the outstanding women of the Old Testament.
Prophet Exodus 15:20
Sang praises Exodus 15:1, 21
Exodus leader Micah 6:4
Spoke for God Numbers 12:1-2
Key verse: “I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam” (Micah 6:4).
Prophet Judges 4:4
Judge Judges 4:4-5
Mother in Israel Judges 5:7
Commanded Judges 4:6-7
Led in battle Judges 4:8-10
Praised God Judges 5
Key verse: “Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time” (Judges 4:4).
Prophet 2 Kings 22:14; 2 Chronicles 34:22
Consulted 2 Kings 22:12-20
Respected 2 Kings 23
Key verse: “Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Akbor, Shaphan and Asaiah went to speak to the prophet Huldah, who was the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe. She lived in Jerusalem, in the New Quarter” (2 Kings 22:14).|
Note: She was the prophet consulted even though Jeremiah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah were serving as prophets during this time. Her teaching was the impetus for Josiah’s reforms in 2 Kings 23.
The Proverbs 31 Woman
If you think God’s ideal woman is June Cleaver, you might want to read Proverbs 31:10-31. Whether this is based on a particular woman or is the personification of wisdom, the picture of womanhood is overwhelming. Industrious. Courageous. Strong. Kind. Generous. Business minded. Family oriented. Wise.Praise worthy. Provider. Instructive. On and on the list goes.
If I had more time, Esther, Naomi, Ruth, Hannah and so many others could be mentioned, too.