Hall of Faith: Mary, Always Had Faith

No one mentioned in the New Testament is actually listed in the Hall of Faith. However, there are some in the New Testament that definitely deserves to be in the New Testament. More than anyone would be Mary and Joseph, the earthly parents of Jesus. They truly walked in faith and believed when the angel appeared to them. In the […]

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Mothers of the Bible: Lois and Eunice, a Faithful Example

As we draw the series on Mothers of the Bible to a close, there is one more mother that I could not overlook.  This is actually a mother and daughter, who are only briefly mentioned, but leave a lasting legacy. Lois and Eunice are only mentioned briefly in scripture, yet we can learn so much from these mothers. “Having been […]

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Mothers of the Bible: Elisabeth, Forebearer to Christ

The story of Elisabeth is very reminiscent of that of Sarah in the Old Testament. Elisabeth is married to Zacharias, a priest. Zacharias and Elisabeth are “ And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.”  {Luke 1:6} The next verse says, “And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, […]

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Mothers of the Bible: The Shunammite Woman, Hospitality to Great Faith

The Shunammite Woman witnessed a miracle not once, but twice. Her name is not known.  All we know is that she was from the land of Shunem.  It is believed that the location of the Biblical Shunem, is located in the northern part of modern day Israel. Elisha is passing through Shunem, when he brought into the house of a […]

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Mothers of Bible: Bathsheba, Heartache to Queen Mother

We all know the story of David and Bathsheba, but have you thought of how her relationship with David affected her role as a mother? Bathsheba is the wife of Uriah the Hittite.  Uriah is off at battle, when King David sees her bathing on the rooftop.  He summons Bathsheba to him, where they are intimate.  When she becomes pregnant, […]

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Mothers of the Bible: Hannah, Praised God

Hannah was another mother that longed for a child.  She was married to Elkanah.  Hannah is her husband’s first wife and his favorite, but when she did not provide children, he married Peninnah. One can imagine how Peninnah tormented Hannah over her inability to have children. Each year they travel to the temple to worship God.  We are told that […]

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Mothers of the Bible: Naomi, from Sorrow to Joy

When we think of ideal mother-in-law, we may think about Naomi. Naomi was married to Elimelch and had two sons, Mahlon and Chilion.   Due to famine the family moves from Judea to Moab.  While they are there both sons married women named Orpah and Ruth.  Elimelch dies and later both sons die, leaving their widows childless. This is where the […]

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Mothers of the Bible: Manoah’s wife, Listened to Instruction

We all know the story of Samson and Delilah, but there is much more to his story than we often remember. The story of his birth is a story of great trust and obedience. His father was known as Manoah and his mother’s name is not mentioned.   She is described as “barren and bare not.” But, an angel of Jehovah […]

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Mothers of the Bible: Jochebed, Protected her Children

Jochebed is not mentioned by name in the description of Moses’ birth, but it is believed her name was Jochebed, the daughter of Levi. Centuries had passed since the time of Joseph and the Israelites were oppressed into slavery by the Egyptians.  Pharaoh was threatened and decreed that all baby boys be thrown into the Nile. Jochebed already had a […]

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Mothers in the Bible: Tamar, Determined to be a Mother

Have you ever wanted something so much that you went after it, regardless of the consequences? That is the lengths to which Tamar was willing to go. Tamar was the daughter-in-law of Judah, who was the fourth son of Jacob and Leah. Judah marries the daughter of Shua, a Canaanite.  The couple have three sons, Er, Onan and Shelah. Er […]

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Mothers in the Bible: Rachel, She Bargained

Jacob is fleeing from his brother, after he and his mother, Rebekah, deceive his father, Isaac.   Jacob is sent to his mother’s brother, Laban. So, as he arrives he probably thinks all of his troubles are over.   His troubles with his brother are for the time being, but a whole new set of issues is about to be stirred up. […]

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Mothers in the Bible: Leah, Longed to be Loved

I have to admit that there is something about Leah that resonates with me.   Whether it is the similarity in our names or the desire to be loved, my heart always goes out to Leah. So, on to Leah’s story. Jacob has arrived in Haran and already met Rachel, Leah’s younger sister, when she {Rachel} was tending to the sheep. We […]

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Mothers in the Bible: Rebekah, Her Husband Asked God

After Sarah dies, Abraham sends a servant to his home country to find a wife for Isaac. The servant comes upon a beautiful woman named Rebekah.   She brought back to Isaac and we are told “ And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted […]

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Mothers in the Bible: Hagar, A Mother who Endured Suffering

In studying our Mothers in the Bible series, Hagar is the first single mother mentioned. Hagar is the Egyptian handmaiden of Sarai.   By this point, Sarai is older and has remained barren throughout her marriage to Abram. When God promises Abram, he will be a father, Sarai becomes impatient.   So, Sarai takes matters into her own hands. “And Sarai, Abram’s […]

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Mothers in the Bible: Sarah, Didn’t Believe

When we first meet Sarah, she is known as Sarai and her husband is known as Abram. Sarai and Abram are living in the land of Canaan, when God tells them to leave.  We are told that Abram is 75, and it is believed Sarai is about ten years younger than her husband.  So, they are leaving to roam around […]

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Mothers of the Bible: Eve, Mother of All Mankind

With Mother’s Day arriving this month, I thought we would take a look at some of the Mother’s in the Bible.  I originally intended to just explore those women who deeply longed for a child and had often lost hope before seeing their dreams fulfilled.  However, while studying these women several other mother’s and lessons stood out to me.  So, […]

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