Extraordinary Women in Unusual Circumstances
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.