Extraordinary Women in Unusual Circumstances

Extraordinary Women in Unusual Circumstances

Proverbs 31:10-31

We read in this passage about the virtuous woman and one of the things that we take note of is the many different tasks that she is able to perform. I think this shows us that the virtuous woman can have many different forms. What is meant by this is that we cannot put God in a box and say that if woman does marry or have children then she is not a virtuous woman. I think there are many saved virtuous women who work, teach, are professionals such as doctors and nurses and they can also do the things in this passage and be a virtuous woman.

In this sermon we will look at 3 extraordinary women that are used by God in unique ways at unique times. One is a harlot, one is a young widow, and the other is a young virgin. In looking at these three women we will learn three principle that are important for all saved people not just women.

1)  Rahab (Joshua 2:1-24 ; 6:22-25)

  • Feared God and believed his word
  • Hid the spies and saved her family
  • Became an example in the honor roll of Faith (Hebrews 11:31) as well as an example of faith and works (James 2:25)
  • She ends up in the lineage of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:5)

2)  Ruth (Ruth 1-4)

  • Forsook her country, people, and the promise of marriage for God.
  • To her place as a widow and a provider for Naomi.
  • Ends up in the lineage of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:5)

3)  Esther (Esther 1-9)

  • Went through a very unusual procedure for being chosen as the new Queen.
  • Put her neck on the line to save her people.
  • Saved herself, family, and people.

What can we learn from these women?

1)  God can use anyone that fears him and believes his word (1 Corinthians 4:1-2)

2)  God sees what you and I cannot (1 Samuel 16:7)

3)  God rewards faithfulness (Proverbs 31:30-31)

Let us think about these women and learn from them in order for God to use us in both unique and mighty ways.